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Welcome to Harvard

Where world-class professors, innovative research, and a dynamic student community come together to advance education and foster change in the world.

Harvard at a glance

For nearly four centuries, people have come to Harvard in the pursuit of truth, knowledge, and a better world.

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  • 1636

    the year Harvard was founded

  • 7,095

    Harvard College students in the 2021-2022 academic year

  • $234 million

    institutional need-based grant aid provided to Harvard College students in the 2021-2022 academic year

  • 14,502

    graduate students in the 2021-2022 academic year

  • 14,151

    Harvard Extension School students in the 2021-2022 academic year

  • 400,000+

    alumni worldwide

Meet the faculty

I look forward to engaging with the vibrant African and Chinese studies communities across the university.”

Idriss Fofana

Harvard Law School

Idriss Fofana

Meet the students

[The] supportive environment at HSDM will allow me to thrive as a student as well as a future mentor and healthcare provider.”

Shadin Zayyad

Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Two people wearing white doctor's coats stand next to each other

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President Gay with two MBA students.

Harvard welcomes Claudine Gay as its 30th president

In her first week in office, President Gay greeted community members at campus-wide ice cream social events.

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Hopi Hoekstra begins her tenure as Edgerley Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Hopi Hoekstra
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Music and comedy meet queer and Jewish radicalism at the Carpenter Center

Videos from the “Quarantunes” series play on multiple screens as people walk around the exhibit.
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A rare tunicate fossil offers surprising insights on marine animals’ evolution

a hand holding a fossil
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Harvard’s A.R.T. welcomes the 12-foot-tall puppet named Little Amal as part of a national tour.

A large puppet and a young girl reach out to each other, touching hands.
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A new genetic variant that protects against Alzheimer’s has been identified by a team led by Harvard Medical School investigators

Beta-amyloid plaques and tau in the brain
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