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A faculty of about 2,300 professors serves about 6,650 undergraduate and 13,000 graduate students. Harvard is among the most selective universities in the United States: its overall undergraduate acceptance rate is around 11%, with an early action acceptance rate of around 23%, and its graduate schools are also extremely competitive. Harvard recently moved from an unrestricted Early Action policy (where you can apply "early" to Harvard in addition to other schools) to a single-choice Early Action policy (where you can apply "early" only to a single school), aligning itself with the policies of Yale and Stanford, which both moved from a binding single-choice Early Decision policy.
The school color is a shade richer than red but brighter than burgundy, referred to as crimson, which is also the name of the Harvard sports teams and the daily newspaper, The Harvard Crimson. The color was unofficially adopted (in preference to magenta) by an 1875 vote of the student body.
Harvard today has nine faculties, listed below in chronological order of foundation:
- The Faculty of Arts and Sciences and its subfaculty the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences, which together serve
- The Faculty of Medicine, including the Medical School (1782) and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (1867, the first U.S. dental school).
- Harvard Divinity School (1816)
- Harvard Law School (1817)
- Harvard Business School (1908)
- The Graduate School of Design (1914)
- The Graduate School of Education (1920)
- The School of Public Health (1922)
- The Kennedy School of Government (1936)
Library of Congress, the second-largest library system in the United States. Harvard also has several important art museums, including the Fogg Museum of Art (with galleries featuring history of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present, with particular strengths in Italian early Renaissance, British pre-Raphaelite, and 19th-century French art); the Busch-Reisinger Museum (central and northern European art); the Sackler Museum (ancient, Asian, Islamic and later Indian art); the Museum of Natural History, which contains the famous glass flowers exhibit; the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology; and the Semitic Museum.
Harvard Lampoon, a humor magazine (or, as the Crimson describes it, "a semi-secret Sorrento Square social organization that used to occasionally publish a so-called humor magazine"); the Harvard Advocate, one of the nation's oldest literary magazines; and the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, which produces an annual drag musical and celebrates notable actors at its Man of the Year and Woman of the Year ceremonies. The Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, composed of talented musical undergraduates, was founded in 1808 and is the oldest continuously-performing musical group in the United States. Let's Go Travel Guides, a leading travel guide company worldwide, is run solely by Harvard students, who research and edit improved versions of the books every summer.
Boston metropolitan area for its top-notch classical, jazz, underground rock and blues programming, WHRB is also home of the notorious radio "Orgy" format, where the entire catalog of a certain band/record label/artist is played in sequence.
While the Harvard football team was one of the best in the beginning days of the sport, today Harvard fields top teams in ice hockey, crew, and squash. As of 2003, there were 43 Division I intercollegiate varsity sports teams for women and men at Harvard, more than at any other college in the country.
Harvard College has traditionally taken many of its students from private American preparatory schools such as Phillips Exeter Academy, Groton School, St. Paul's School, Milton Academy, and Phillips Academy, Andover, though today most undergraduates come from public schools across the United States and globe. Harvard has traditionally had close ties to Boston Latin School, the oldest public school in the United States, founded in 1635. Early incoming Harvard classes were predominantly from Boston Latin; even today over a dozen students each year matriculate to Harvard from this inner-city public school.
Harvard contains many world-famous departments (including the biological and chemical sciences) that are consistently ranked first in the world. The social sciences, from Economics to Government, are also world-renowned for the expertise of their faculty and their research. Some lesser known departments also have significant global influence. For example, the Department of African and African-American Studies is widely recognized as the foremost in the world, notwithstanding the recent departure of Cornel West for Princeton University. Another example is Harvard's Judaic Studies Department, which was headed by Professor Harry Austryn Wolfson. Harvard boasts a unique five million dollar Judaica library which has the ability to identify and categorize books by ink type, font type, paper thickness, pagination style, binding method and numerous other categorizations.
The main campus is located next to Harvard Square in central Cambridge, approximately two miles from the MIT campus. Virtually all undergraduates live on campus. First-year students live in dormitories in or near Harvard Yard. Upperclass students live in twelve residential Houses, which serve as administrative units of the College as well as dormitories.
Nine of the Houses are situated along or close to the northern banks of the Charles River. These are:
- Adams House, named for several alumni of that name, including U. S. President John Adams;
- Dunster House, named for Harvard's first President, Henry Dunster;
- Eliot House, named for Harvard President Charles William Eliot;
- Kirkland House, named for Harvard President John Thornton Kirkland;
- Leverett House, named for Harvard President John Leverett;
- Lowell House, said to be named for the Harvard-affiliated Lowell family in general (but the most obvious reference is to Abbott Lawrence Lowell, Harvard's President at the time of its construction);
- Mather House, named for Harvard President Increase Mather;
- Quincy House, named for Harvard President (and sometime mayor of Boston) Josiah Quincy III;
- Winthrop House, more officially called John Winthrop House, named for two famous men of that name: Massachusetts Bay Colony founder John Winthrop and his great-great-great-grandson John Winthrop, 2nd Hollis Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy
- Cabot House, previously called South House, renamed in 1983 for Harvard donors Thomas Dudley Cabot and Virginia Cabot;
- Currier House, named for Radcliffe alumna Audrey Bruce Currier;
- Pforzheimer House, often called PfoHo for short, previously called North House, renamed in 1995 for Harvard donors Carl and Carol Pforzheimer
The Medical School, the Business School, and the university stadium and some other athletic facilities are located across the Charles River in Boston. Harvard has recently acquired more land in the Allston neighborhood of Boston and is planning to move more of its facilities there .
- African and African-American Studies
- Applied Mathematics
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Biochemical Sciences
- Chemistry and Physics
- The Classics
- Computer Science
- Earth and Planetary Sciences
- East Asian Studies
- Engineering Sciences
- English and American Literature and Language
- Environmental Science and Public Policy
- Folklore and Mythology
- Germanic Languages and Literatures
- History and Literature
- History and Science
- History of Art
- Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
- The Comparative Study of Religion
- Romance Languages and Literatures
- Sanskrit and Indian Studies
- Slavic Languages and Literatures
- Social Studies
- Special Concentrations
- Visual and Environmental Studies
- Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Harvard University people
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- Faculty of Arts and Sciences
- Official Harvard athletics site
- Harvard Commencement Information
- The Harvard Crimson student-run newspaper
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