Established Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States, established in 1636 by vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Faculty About 2,400 faculty members and more than 10,400 academic appointments in affiliated teaching hospitals
Students Harvard College: 6,699 Graduate and professional students: 13,120 Harvard Extension School: 16,193 Total: 36,012 students These numbers reflect student enrollment for the 2017–18 academic year.
Alumni More than 371,000 living alumni, over 279,000 in the U.S., and over 59,000 in some 202 other countries.
Honors 49 Nobel Laureates, 32 heads of state, 48 Pulitzer Prize winners
Motto Veritas (Latin for “truth”)
Real Estate Holdings 5,457 acres
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally.
Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., and a member of the Ivy League. Founded in 1636 by the colonial Massachusetts legislature, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. It is also the first and oldest corporation in North America.
Library Collection The Harvard Library—the largest academic library in the world—includes 20.4 million volumes, 180,000 serial titles, an estimated 400 million manuscript items, 10 million photographs, 124 million archived web pages, and 5.4 terabytes of born-digital archives and manuscripts. Access to this rich collection is provided by nearly 800 library staff members who operate more than 70 separate library units.
Museums Harvard’s museums are stewards of more than 28 million works of art, artifacts, specimens, materials, and instruments. With deep roots in scholarship and teaching, these internationally renowned collections are fundamental to the development and continuation of many disciplines. These unparalleled institutions rank alongside some of the greatest museums in the world and they are open to the public. They welcome more than 650,000 local, national, and international visitors each year.
Faculties, Schools, and an Institute Harvard University is made up of 11 principal academic units – ten faculties and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The ten faculties oversee schools and divisions that offer courses and award academic degrees.
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