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Harvard University
Harvard 1740 by William Burgis.jpg
The university in 1740
Motto in English
EndowmentUS$32.0 billion[3] [4]
PresidentDrew Gilpin Faust
Academic staff
Administrative staff
2,497 non-medical
10,674 medical
Undergraduates7,181 total
6,655 College
526 Extension
Location, ,
210 acres (85 ha) (Main campus)
22 acres (8.9 ha) (Medical campus)
359 acres (145 ha) (Allston campus)[6]
NewspaperThe Harvard Crimson
Athletics41 Varsity Teams
Ivy League
NCAA Division I
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Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and a member of the Ivy League. Harvard was started on September 8, 1636.

Eight Presidents of the United States have graduated from Harvard college and schools.

In 2013 QS ranked Harvard as the second best university in the world.[7]

Harvard is on the Charles River. Some students go to the Charles River for rowing. On the other side of the Charles River is the city of Boston. Boston's subway system has a stop at Harvard. Some of Harvard's graduate schools are in Boston, but most of Harvard's schools are in Cambridge. Together, these schools are Harvard University.

The school color is crimson, which is a dark red color.

Harvard has over $30 billion and derivatives that gave it exposure to $7.2 billion in commodities and foreign stocks.

Harvard has many libraries like Widener Library. There are other facilities like skating rinks and the Malkin Athletic Center where students can swim and exercise.

Another famous school close to Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Harvard's president is Drew Gilpin Faust, Harvard's first woman president. The president before her, Lawrence Summers, was a controversial president because of things he said about women and the way he ran things. In 2006, Mr. Summers told Harvard's students and professors that he would resign in the summer and no longer serve Harvard as president. Mr. Summers is an economist and now works as the Director of the White House's National Economic Council for President Barack Obama.

Notable Alumni


  1. Appearing as it does on the coat of arms itself, Veritas is not a motto in the usual heraldic sense. Properly speaking, rather, Harvard's original motto is Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae ("Truth for Christ and the Church") as shown on Harvard's original shield or seal. This legend is otherwise not used today.
  2. An appropriation of £400 toward a "school or college" was voted on October 28, 1636 (OS), at a meeting which initially convened on September 8 and was adjourned to October 28. Some sources consider October 28, 1636 (OS) (November 7, 1636 NS) to be the date of founding. In 1936, Harvard's multi-day tercentenary celebration considered that Harvard rocks, on September 18 to be the 300-year anniversary of the founding. (The bicentennial was celebrated on September 8, 1836, apparently ignoring the calendar change; and the tercentenary celebration began by opening a package sealed by Josiah Quincy at the bicentennial). Sources: meeting dates, Quincy, Josiah (1860). History of Harvard University. 117 Washington Street, Boston: Crosby, Nichols, Lee and Co.. , p. 586, "At a Court holden September 8th, 1636 and continued by adjournment to the 28th of the 8th month (October, 1636)... the Court agreed to give £400 towards a School or College, whereof £200 to be paid next year...." Tercentenary dates: Cambridge Birthday. Time Magazine. 1936-09-28.,8816,756722,00.html. Retrieved 2006-09-08. : "Harvard claims birth on the day the Massachusetts Great and General Court convened to authorize its founding. This was Sept. 8, 1637 under the Julian calendar. Allowing for the ten-day advance of the Gregorian calendar, Tercentenary officials arrived at Sept. 18 as the date for the third and last big Day of the celebration;" "on Oct. 28, 1636 ... £400 for that 'school or college' [was voted by] the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony." Bicentennial date: Marvin Hightower (2003-09-02). "Harvard Gazette: This Month in Harvard History". Harvard University. Retrieved 2006-09-15. , "Sept. 8, 1836 - Some 1,100 to 1,300 alumni flock to Harvard's Bicentennial, at which a professional choir premieres "Fair Harvard." ... guest speaker Josiah Quincy Jr., Class of 1821, makes a motion, unanimously adopted, 'that this assembly of the Alumni be adjourned to meet at this place on the 8th of September, 1936.'" Tercentary opening of Quincy's sealed package: The New York Times, September 9, 1936, p. 24, "Package Sealed in 1836 Opened at Harvard. It Held Letters Written at Bicentenary": "September 8th, 1936: As the first formal function in the celebration of Harvard's tercentenary, the Harvard Alumni Association witnessed the opening by President Conant of the 'mysterious' package sealed by President Josiah Quincy at the Harvard bicentennial in 1836."
  3. Mendillo, Jane L.. "September 2011 Harvard Management Company Endowment Report". Harvard Management Company. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  4. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2011 Endowment Market Value". National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund Institute. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  5. Office of Institutional Research. (2009). "Faculty". Harvard University Fact Book.  ("Unduplicated, Paid Instructional Faculty Count: 2,107. Unduplicated instructional faculty count is the most appropriate count for general reporting purposes.")
  6. "Faculties and Allied Institutions". Office of the Provost, Harvard University. 2009. Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  8. (French)Philippe HARACHE