About Harvard

Harvard is at the frontier of academic and intellectual discovery. Those who venture here—to learn, research, teach, work, and grow—join nearly four centuries of students and scholars in the pursuit of truth, knowledge, and a better world.

As a research university and nonprofit institution, Harvard is focused on creating educational opportunities for people from many lived experiences.

Learn about our history

Harvard at a glance

the year that Harvard University was established.

students study at Harvard.

$2.5 billion
in grant aid distributed to undergrads since Harvard Financial Aid Initiative was launched in 2004.

alumni worldwide.

Meet our President

Lawrence S. Bacow is the 29th President of Harvard University. He is one of the most experienced leaders in American higher education, known for his commitment to expanding student opportunity, advancing academic innovation, and encouraging universities’ civic engagement and service to society.

Meet Larry