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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
3.96% growth from 2015
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Acceptance Rate
39,041 Applicants
2016 Enrolled Students
68.8% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
1,617 Graduates

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The median tuition at Harvard University is $43,280, which is $11,070 more than the national median tuition of $32,210.

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $16,205.

In 2016, 44% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 4% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

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Harvard University received 39,041 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 4.65% annual growth. Out of those 39,041 applicants, 2,110 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 5.4% acceptance rate.

There were 29,908 students enrolled at Harvard University in 2016, and 73% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Harvard University has an overall enrollment yield of 78.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

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Harvard University has a total enrollment of 29,908 students. The full-time enrollment at Harvard University is 20,591 students and the part-time enrollment is 9,317. This means that 68.8% of students enrolled at Harvard University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Harvard University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 42.4% White, 13.5% Asian, 8.04% Hispanic or Latino, 5.28% Black or African American, 3.77% Two or More Races, 0.22% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.1% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Harvard University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (5.6%), followed by White Female (4.25%) and Asian Female (2.43%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Male (9.3%), followed by White Female (8.58%) and Asian Female (3.12%).

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In 2016, 114 fewer women than men graduated from Harvard University. The majority of students graduating from Harvard University are White. These 3,356 graduates mean that there were 3.12 times more White graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 1,076 graduates.

The most common Bachelor's Degree awarded at Harvard University is General Economics with 218 graduates, followed by General Social Sciences with 164 graduates and General Political Science & Government with 136 graduates.

The most specialized major across all degree types at Harvard University, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Architecture and Related Services, with 284 graduates, followed by Legal with 783 graduates and Cultural & Gender Studies with 147 graduates.


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Harvard University has an endowment valued at nearly $37.6B, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.23B (5.94%), compared to the 1.09% average return ($2.96M on $270M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Harvard University had a total expenditure of $4.46B. Of that $4.46B, they spent $1.71B on salaries and $499M on benefits.

Harvard University employs 996 Professors, 369 Lecturers, and 220 Assistant professors. Most academics at Harvard University are Male Professors (741), Female Professors (255), and Male Lecturers (189).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Harvard University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 2,557 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 1,853 employees, and Management with 1,806 employees.



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