12 Facts About Harvard College


Harvard College is the undergraduate college of Harvard University, an Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Part of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard College is Harvard University's traditional undergraduate program, offering AB and SB degrees.

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Harvard College students participate in more than 450 extracurricular organizationsand nearly all live on campus—first-year students in or near Harvard Yard, and upperclass students in community-oriented "houses".

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Three years later, the college was renamed in honor of deceased Charlestown minister John Harvard who had bequeathed to the school his entire library and half of his monetary estate.

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Currently, Harvard College is responsible for undergraduate admissions, advising, housing, student life, and athletics—generally all undergraduate matters except instruction, which is the purview of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

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The body known as the President and Fellows of Harvard College retains its traditional name despite having governance of the entire University.

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Since the 1970s, Harvard College has been responsible for undergraduate matters for women, though women's Harvard College diplomas were countersigned by the President of Radcliffe until a final merger in 1999.

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Harvard College ended its early admissions program in 2007, but for the class of 2016 and beyond, an early action program was reintroduced.

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Harvard College has implemented more implicit bias training for its admissions staff in accordance with the court's recommendations.

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In 1903, Harvard College Stadium introduced a new era into football with the first permanent reinforced concrete stadium of its kind in the country.

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The Harvard College crew is typically considered to be one of the top teams in the country in rowing.

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Harvard College was the first Ivy League school to win an NCAA Championship in a women's sport when its women's lacrosse team won in 1990.

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