19 Facts About Harvard University


Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Harvard University has three main campuses:the 209-acre Cambridge campus centered on Harvard University Yard; an adjoining campus immediately across Charles River in the Allston neighborhood of Boston; and the medical campus in Boston's Longwood Medical Area.

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Harvard University Library is the world's largest academic library system, comprising 79 individual libraries holding about 20.

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Harvard University's founding was authorized by the Massachusetts colonial legislature, "dreading to leave an illiterate ministry to the churches, when our present ministers shall lie in the dust"; though never formally affiliated with any denomination, in its early years Harvard University College primarily trained Congregational clergy.

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Harvard University was established in 1636 in the colonial, pre-Revolutionary era by vote of the Great and General Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony.

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In 1816, Harvard University launched new programs in the study of French and Spanish with George Ticknor as first professor for these language programs.

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Since 1971, Harvard University had controlled essentially all aspects of undergraduate admission, instruction, and housing for Radcliffe women; in 1999, Radcliffe was formally merged into Harvard University.

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Radcliffe College emerged as the female counterpart of Harvard University College, becoming one of the most prominent schools for women in the United States.

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In 1900, Harvard University became a founding member of the Association of American Universities.

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Harvard University is actively expanding into Allston, where it now owns more land than in Cambridge.

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Several Harvard University-affiliated hospitals and research institutes are in Longwood, including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dana–Farber Cancer Institute, Joslin Diabetes Center, and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

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Houghton Library, the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, and the Harvard University Archives consist principally of rare and unique materials.

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The Harvard Museum of Natural History includes the Harvard Mineralogical Museum, the Harvard University Herbaria featuring the Blaschka Glass Flowers exhibit, and the Museum of Comparative Zoology.

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When QS and Times Higher Education collaborated to publish the Times Higher Education–QS World University Rankings from 2004 to 2009, Harvard held the top spot every year and continued to hold first place on THE World Reputation Rankings ever since it was released in 2011.

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Harvard University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.

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Additionally, having made significant investments in its engineering school in recent years, Harvard University was ranked third worldwide for Engineering and Technology in 2019 by Times Higher Education.

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Harvard University College competes in the NCAA Division I Ivy League conference.

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Over more than three and a half centuries, Harvard University alumni have contributed creatively and significantly to society, the arts and sciences, business, and national and international affairs.

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Harvard University permits filming on its property only rarely, so most scenes set at Harvard University are in fact shot elsewhere.

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