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Harvard University

Harvard University is an Ivy League school located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1636, making it the oldest university in the United States.

Harvard University is one of the eight Ivy League schools in the United States. It was founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1636, making it the oldest institution of higher education in the United States. Harvard is among the most prestigious universities in the world.


Harvard University was founded in 1636 by the Great and General Court of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England. It was originally called New College. The name was soon changed to Harvard to honor John Harvard, a clergyman from England, who died in 1638. Harvard had accumulated a large amount of wealth over his life, and donated half of it— £780, equivalent to around £180,000 in 2019—to the newly established university after his death, along with his collection of 400 academic books. The Great and General Court subsequently named the college after him in 1639.

Lawrence S. Bacow is Harvard's 29th president as of 2021.


The Harvard University system includes the undergraduate school of Harvard, twelve different professional and graduate schools, and the Harvard Radcliffe Institute. Harvard's professional and graduate schools include the following:

  1. Harvard Medical School
  2. Harvard Divinity School
  3. Harvard Law School
  4. Harvard School of Dental Medicine
  5. Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  6. Harvard Business School
  7. Harvard Extension School
  8. Harvard Graduate School of Design
  9. Harvard Graduate School of Education
  10. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  11. Harvard Kennedy School
  12. Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Notable alumni

Since its establishment nearly four centuries ago, Harvard University has produced many famous and notable alumni, including politicians and revolutionary business owners. Some of the school's most famous alumni include Mark Zuckerberg, John F. Kennedy, Natalie Portman, and Michael Bloomberg. Out of every university in the world, Harvard has produced the highest number of alumni who have become billionaires and US presidents.


September 8, 1636
Harvard University is founded originally as New College.


Further Resources


A Day in the Life of a Harvard Student


April 24, 2019

A Day in the Life of a Harvard Student


March 26, 2020

A Day in the Life of a Harvard Student


March 26, 2020

HARVARD DORM TOUR: Sophomore Housing


September 5, 2019

Harvard University | 8K Campus Drone Tour


September 7, 2021


Matt Dupuy
September 27, 2021
'Here I am, 100 billion neurons and all you want me to do is calculate all the ways this could possibly go wrong?'
Chris McGreal
September 14, 2021
the Guardian
As Harvard sheds its fossil fuel investments, some argue it's dangerous to limit leverage over oil and gas companies
September 10, 2021
The Economic Times
For most of the past decade previous Harvard officials had resisted calls to sell fossil fuel stocks but more recently changed course under new leaders including Lawrence Bacow, president since 2018.
By John Mello
September 9, 2021
BBC News
A Harvard University project will explore whether social media can be de-toxed
September 7, 2021
The University of Massachusetts Medical School is getting a $175 million donation that will more than double its endowment, officials said Tuesday.The gift is from Morningside Foundation established by the family of T.H.


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