Harvard University is the oldest higher education institution in the USA offering admission in Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer intakes. Established in 1636, Harvard has three campus locations- Cambridge, Allston, and Boston. The Ivy League USA institution is home to 16% of international students hailing from 150+ countries including 613 Indian students and scholars.

Harvard University's acceptance rate is merely 4.7% for undergraduate programs and 10.3% for MBA programs, for the Fall intake. There are around 90 undergraduate degrees and 150 graduate degree courses to choose from. Of these, popular Harvard University programs include Business Administration, Law, and Medicine. The eligibility requirements for Harvard are similar to any other Ivy League college, yet admission is granted to only academic elites. Applications for 2023 admissions commence in mid-August. 

Average Harvard University fees for an Indian student is 51,900 USD (38.31 lakh INR) per year, marking it as a high-end university in terms of cost. To cover these expenses, there are need-based Harvard University scholarships, which benefit around 60% of new entrants. There’s hardly any global company where Harvard graduates are not welcome because of its legacy of over 385 years. EMBA graduates of Harvard earn an average annual salary of 182,000 USD per annum. Harvard graduates are highly regarded all over the world. Top employers of the university include Google, Facebook, Apple, IBM, Morgan Stanley, and several others.


Harvard University Rankings

Harvard University is highly regarded for its reputation, influence, and academic pedigree around the world. Harvard University Rankings according to some of the top-ranking agencies are:

  • #5 in QS World University Rankings, 2023
  • #1 in US College Rankings by Times Higher Education, 2022
  • #=2 in World University Rankings by Times Higher Education, 2022
  • #5 in Graduate Employability Rankings by QS World University Rankings, 2022
  • #3 in Best Value Schools by U.S. News and World Report, 2022


Harvard University Courses

Indian students can choose from 22 postgraduate certificates, 50 undergraduate concentrations, 149 masters, 2 associate's, and 105 doctoral programs at Harvard. Ranging from medicine courses to law programs, from social science programs to business administration; Harvard University programs include all. Some the other reasons why opt for Harvard University courses are:

  • Harvard University is a liberal arts college, that allows students to enroll and then choose their UG concentration.
  • Harvard Business School offers a 2-year full-time residential MBA program, which includes a 37% international student population.
  • Harvard offers up to 129 free and paid online courses for all.
  • There are around 900 continuing education programs for international students, working professionals, and retired adults.


Programs Total Annual Fees
Bachelor of Science [B.Sc], Physics INR 40,88,883
Master of Law [L.L.M] INR 56,30,879
Master of Public Administration [M.P.A] INR 43,45,442
Master of Science [M.Sc], Biostatistics INR 49,12,608
Master of Science [M.Sc], Biomedical Informatics INR 44,78,639
Master of Science [M.Sc], Data Science INR 47,94,442
Master of Science [M.Sc], Applied Computation INR 20,35,847


Harvard University Campus

Harvard campus was established by vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The university has 3 main campuses located in Cambridge, Allston, and Boston's Longwood. The main campus of Harvard University stands with several other branch campuses mainly for graduates.

Harvard University campus houses 10 hospitals, 5 museums, 2 theatres, 3 athletic facilities, 28 libraries, 12 residential buildings, several academic and administrative buildings and other buildings. The Harvard Library is around 400 years old and is the oldest library system in USA.

Community involvement, extra-curricular activities, leadership qualities, and a remarkable personal character are secondary factors that influence the admission process apart from spectacular academic grades. The university offers 42 Division I intercollegiate varsity teams for women and men as well as intramural sports to students.

Over 450 student organizations are open to all students at the institute for recreational activity. More than 80% of its students participate in at least one athletic activity. Its students actively engage in quality community services.


Harvard University Accommodations

The university offers accommodation across 12 residence halls for Harvard undergraduates. There are 4 Graduate School of Arts and Science residence halls as well as other Off-Campus residence halls for graduates. It offers 12 houses for upperclassmen with amenities viz. libraries, lounges, and recreational and functional spaces.


On-Campus Residence

  • A typical residence hall has all the basic amenities, Wi-Fi, laundry service, kitchens with all modern facilties, vending machines.
  • Each hall has a Cable and DVD set, washers, dryers, and a computer lab.
  • Reservations and special accommodations are provided for applicants with disabilities upon demand.
  • Gender Inclusive Living options and housing for LGBTQ students are provided as well.
  • The cost of living on-campus ranges around 1,000-4,500 USD (~76,000 to 3.43 lakhs INR) per month.


Off-Campus Residence

  • Students can choose to stay off-campus with rent ranging from 1,500 up to 3,000 USD (~1.14 to 2.29 lakhs INR) per month.
  • The university provides off-campus residence information such as Harvard's own 60 off-campus properties and other external rent information.
  • Students can register themselves in the ‘Harvard Off-Campus Housing portal to search and compare the available residence options.
  • These apartments are offered as single, Studio, one-Bedroom, two-Bedroom, three-Bedroom, four-Bedroom, and suites.


Harvard University Scholarships

The university offers an array of financial aid for its aspirants which includes grants, student jobs, waivers, and scholarships for international students in USA. 100% of financial needs are met at Harvard where nearly 20% of families pay nothing at the institute. Around 55% students at Harvard College receive need-based scholarships to study in USA. Over 2,000 individual endowment and gift funds are offered by The Faculty of Arts and Sciences Scholarship program.

International students are qualified for all aids at the institute as much as domestic students do except loans and federal or state aids. Additional financial documents may be required for the application for aids during admission application.

The university awards over 1 billion USD in financial aid like scholarships and grants each year. The average grant amount received by students is 12,000 USD. Students from families with an annual income of less than 65,000 USD do not have to pay any tuition fees. Candidates from families with annual income between 65,000 to 150,000 USD have to pay 10% of the tuition fee.