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Why Harvard


Before you can change the world, you need to understand it.

Harvard's liberal arts and sciences philosophy encourages you to ask difficult questions, explore unfamiliar terrain, and indulge your passion for discovery.

Harvard students have access to courses, research institutes, and faculty mentors from all parts of Harvard. With world-renowned faculty, state-of-the-art resources, and individualized instruction, it’s the perfect place to pursue your favorite and still-to-be-discovered academic interests.

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Our financial aid program makes Harvard affordable for every family throughout the world. Our aid packages require no loans, no contribution from families with incomes $85,000 or less (increased from $75,000 beginning in the 2023-24 academic year). Families with incomes between $85,000 and $150,000 will contribute from 0-10% of their income, and those with incomes above $150,000 will be asked to pay proportionately more than 10%, based on their individual circumstances.


Student Life

A community designed to support and inspire you

From a specially designed first year in Harvard Yard through your upper-level years in the iconic Houses, you will be welcomed into a world of rich traditions in the unique and cosmopolitan environment of Boston, “America’s college town.” Our residential system creates even more opportunities for learning through interaction with peers and professors from different backgrounds.

Outside of the residence halls, undergraduates can choose to become involved with more than 450 student organizations and 42 varsity sports, the most of any college. For sheer range and depth, Harvard’s programs are hard to match.

You Belong Here

We welcome all students. No matter your background, you'll contribute something unique to our community and benefit from the diverse environment around you.

As our students engage deeply with professors and peers, they become a part of a community built on inclusion, respect, and understanding. By interacting with people who broaden your worldview, you will develop your own personal identity within the communities that surround and support you.

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