Harvard is one of the leading universities for graduation rates in the United States. 86% of students graduate within four years, 97% within six years, and 98% within eight years. It also has a very high retention rate for first year students at 98%. The university has 2,400 faculty members and 10,400 academic appointments at their teaching hospitals. This is about an 8 to 1 student to faculty ratio. Harvard offers various programs including ROTC Air Force, ROTC Army, ROTC Navy, study abroad, distance education, teacher certification, and weekend/evening classes. There are also over 400 official student groups on campus. A majority of the students who attend Harvard are, of course, from Massachusetts, but other popular states are New York, Florida, Texas, California, and New Jersey. Most applicants are White, Hispanic, or Asian and the popular ages for attendance are 18-24.

Academic Profile for 2019

Four Year Graduation Rate
86%

Six Year Graduation Rate
98%

Eight Year Graduation Rate
98%

Student to Faculty Ratio
7 to 1

First Year Retention Rate
98%


Distribution of Students per State

for the first-year class of
1,659
students in 2016

(Hover in each state to view details of distribution)

None
1 To 5
6 To 15
16 To 25
26 To 50
51 and Above

Student Race, Ethnicity, and Age Information


Total Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity for the 2017 school year

Students Total
9,861

Total Enrollment by Age for the 2016 school year

Students Total
9,915

Other Learning Opportunities
Distance learning
Graduate level programs or courses are offered via distance education
Undergraduate level programs or courses are offered via distance education
Special learning
ROTC - Air Force
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
Study abroad
Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Weekend/evening college


Accreditation

Institutional

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Agency Period of Accreditation Status
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
(Harvard Medical School)
12/01/1929 - Current
Accredited
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
12/01/1929 - Current
Accredited
Specialized

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Agency / Program Period of Accreditation Status
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
[Pediatric Dentistry (Harvard Medical School at Children's Hospital)]
(Harvard Medical School)
12/04/1980 - Current
Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
[Oral Medicine]
(Harvard Medical School)
07/31/2008 - Current
Accredited
Liaison Committee on Medical Education
[Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree]
07/01/1942 - Current
Accredited
Council on Education for Public Health
[Public Health (PHG) - Graduate level school of public health]
01/16/1946 - Current
Accredited
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
[Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology]
07/01/1940 - Current
Accredited
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
[Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs]
06/04/2008 - Current
Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
[Prosthodontics (including maxillofacial prosthetics and combined prosthodontics/maxillofacial prosthetics)]
12/15/1972 - Current
Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
[Periodontics]
12/08/1967 - Current
Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
[Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics]
05/26/1967 - Current
Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
[Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology- (OMP)]
12/15/1972 - Current
Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
[Endodontics]
12/11/1970 - Current
Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
[Dental Public Health]
05/26/1967 - Current
Accredited
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
[Law (LAW) - Professional schools]
01/01/1923 - Current
Accredited