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Brief background:

Founded in 1636, Harvard University is a private research university that is considered amongst the IVY universities of the country. Without an iota of doubt, this is one of the most esteemed universities in the world. The University offers 46 undergraduate majors, 134 graduate degree programs, and 32 professional degree programs.

Its engineering school, The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, offers students the chance to study in any of four areas. These areas are Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Applied Physics, or Engineering Sciences. Students at the Engineering School can pursue a master’s degree in science or engineering, or they can also work towards a Ph.D. They can also cross-register at other Harvard schools, such as the Medical School, Business School, and Law School.


Harvard University ranking is #3 in the QS Global World Ranking 2021. Times Higher Education's World University Rankings has placed the university at 3rd rank in the World University Rankings 2021 and at 1st rank in the US College Rankings 2021.

Acceptance Rate

Harvard University is among the most prestigious universities in the world and the aspirations to study here are always very high among the students around the world. The effect of the same is reflected in its acceptance rate as well. Harvard University acceptance rate is around 4.7% overall. Its acceptance rate for Indian students has been around 11% historically.


The University is located in Cambridge and the campus is spread across 209 acres. The University campus is home to Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, five museums, and two theaters. The University’s library system is said to be the largest library system in the world and has 18 million volumes along with millions of manuscripts, serial titles, and photographs.

The University offers every conceivable state-of-the-art facilities to students.

Residing Options:

Harvard University offers on-campus accommodation to students and has multiple dormitories for this purpose. The on-campus residence is a vital part of student life at the university and we recommend you to choose it. Those who wish to stay off-campus can get administrative assistance too.

Faculty and pedagogy:

No amount of praise will be enough for the faculty of Harvard! At The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, which has 86 full-time faculty on staff, there are no specific academic departments. Hence, professors research and teach across several disciplines.

Financial aid:

Though the cost of attendance is high, the University offers large endowments and financial aids. Almost 60% of students get some sort of financial aid at the University. The average need-based scholarship or grant award at the University is $53,604.

Jobs and placements:

Harvard University stands out because of the diversity it offers to its students. For example, an engineering student is encouraged to take a course in the liberal arts, say Greek mythology. Unlike the graduates from other pure technical colleges, a Harvard engineering student is well-rounded not only in technological disciplines but also has an understanding of humanities disciplines. It is no wonder that a degree from Harvard opens doors to multiple career options.
Harvard is without question the favorite among the most prestigious blue-chip corporations and the no. 1 choice for recruiters. Some of the major companies which recruit from Harvard include Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Intel, Exxon Mobil, GM. The Alumni network of Harvard is huge with over 2.7 lakh members in the US and more than 50,000 spread across the world. The Harvard Key is given to you when you join Harvard. This is a key for lifelogging in gets you to access to the most complete and comprehensive database of Harvard alumni, the new Alumni Directory allows you to connect with other alumni and build your career network by reaching out to alumni by industry, specialty, or company.


Notable alumni from the University include names such as the founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg; co-founder of Microsoft Steve Ballmer; and technical director at Pixar Animation Studios Danielle Feinberg.


Is there anything more to say? Harvard University is right there at the top. Admissions are highly selective and only students with an excellent profile should apply here.


Harvard University is easily the most prestigious, richest, and toughest university in the world to get into. It is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a beautiful little town situated just across the Charles River in Boston. Cambridge has the distinction of housing two of the best universities, the equally prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) being the other one. Ever since it was founded in 1630 as a Puritan settlement known as Newstone, the settlement has grown to be one of the most intellectual neighborhoods in the world.  It is said that Cambridge has more book shops per capita than any other place in the world. However, it has extreme weather conditions with very cold winters and pretty humid summers.
The total area of Harvard University is approx. 5038 acres spread across the city of Boston. For example, to give a view of the magnitude, the famous Harvard Business school is located in a town called Allston, while the Harvard Medical school is in Boston proper. As it is located close to one of the larger cities in the US, it is served by excellent public transportation – the Massachusetts Bus and Transportation Authority (MBTA) which will pretty much get you anywhere on campus. Walking through is the preferred activity of commute, and most people in Cambridge walk to work or to college. 
Boston has one of the busiest airports in the US and is connected to most major world cities. 

Acceptance Rate for Indians 11%
STEM Masters Awarded to International Students 24
STEM Doctorates Awarded to International Students 28
TA Appointments 74
RA appointments 266
Research funding $56,330,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & partner data as of year 2018


Harvard Business School and Harvard’s School of Arts and Sciences announced an exciting new course starting from fall 2020. Overseen by the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, this course is a joint MBA/ MS in Biotechnology. Students enrolled in this program learn a mix of biomedical sciences and business thus gearing towards careers in biomedical consulting, pharma and finance. The admission requirements for this program are a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM).
Harvard University through its extension school offers an on-campus and off-campus Master’s in Biotechnology leading to a Master’s in Liberal Arts – Biotechnology. This is a one-year program which has twelve courses of which two have to be finished on campus. This program is only for students with an undergraduate degree in a science field (physical, life, or computer science), at least one year of proven post-undergraduate scientific research experience, and an academic background in molecular, cellular, and organismal biology.

Areas of Expertise: Cell and Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials and Therapeutics; Biophysics and Self-Assembly; Bioinspired Robotics and Computing; Biomechanics and Motor Control

Computer Science

Studying at Harvard is an experience. Only the best students do manage to get in. The reason is that even though the Harvard University Computer Science undergraduate and graduate courses may not be ranked among the top ten, but as a university overall, Harvard ranks as the 2nd best university in the country. It is a fact that studying at Harvard implies learning alongside some of the brightest and most talented people in the world. 
All undergraduates in Computer Science at Harvard work towards the basic Bachelor of Arts degree (A.B.). One can also qualify for the Honors program which demands more challenging coursework than the basic program.
John A Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard does not have traditional academic departments and does not award degrees by a specific research area. Instead, graduate students work toward a degree in one of seven subjects—Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, Computer Science, Computational Science & Engineering, Data Science, Design Engineering, and Engineering Sciences. 
Students may apply for the Master of Science or Master of Engineering in Computational Science and Engineering. Master of Science in Computer Science is not awarded as a terminal degree. Master’s degrees are only awarded en-route to the Ph.D. degree, and students are not admitted directly into a masters program in Computer Science.
Candidates applying for any graduate degree in this program must have a Bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering. Students will also need to have taken the GRE (general).
At this point until further notice, Harvard is only offering a Ph.D. program in Computer Science.

Areas of Expertise: Graphics, Vision and Interaction (Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Graphics, Scientific and Information Visualization, Computer Vision); Theory of Communication; Artificial Intelligence (Computational Linguistics, Machine Learning, Multi-agent Systems, Robotics); Computational Neuroscience; Economics and Computation; Numerical Analysis; Astrostatistics; Systems, Networks and Databases (Operating Systems, Distributed Systems, Database Management Systems); Theory of Computation; Architecture; Information and Society (Policy, Computer Science Education, Privacy and Security); Programming Languages (Foundations, Design and Application, Implementation); Biostatistics; Computational and Data Science (High Performance Computing, Connectomics, Large-scale Data Management)
List of Labs: Center for Research on Computation and Society

Electrical Engineering

Students opting for electrical engineering specialize in electronic circuits and devices while being provided the opportunity to explore signals and systems theory, control systems, robotics, optoelectronic devices, integrated circuits, energy systems, computer vision, electronic materials, computer software, and hardware, as well as mechanical, biological, and environmental systems.
Undergraduate students can apply for a Bachelor of Arts (A.B) or a Bachelor of Science (S.B) degree. The Bachelor of Arts degree allows you to study deeper the specific disciplines of Electrical Engineering, while the Bachelor of Science gives you a broader insight into engineering fundamentals. The B.S program is also accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). 
The Department offers a Ph.D. Program in Electrical Engineering. Masters degrees are only awarded en-route to the Ph.D., and students are not admitted directly into a masters program in Electrical Engineering.

Areas of Expertise: Robotics and Control; Signal Processing; Circuits and VLSI; Computer Engineering and Architecture

Environmental Engineering

Courses in Environmental Engineering at the undergraduate level at Harvard include studying Earth and planetary sciences, engineering, integrative biology and public policy in addition to Maths, Physics and Chemistry. Harvard's undergraduate program offers Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) in Environmental Science and Engineering and Bachelor of Science (S.B.) in Engineering Sciences (an ABET-accredited program) in the Environmental Science and Engineering Track. The difference between the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs is that while most of the coursework is similar, students in the arts program take additional courses from other natural and social sciences. Students in the science program are more geared to taking other engineering related courses.
Please note that Harvard offers only a Ph.D. program in Environmental Engineering. The program is structured to be around 4 to 5 years long. The first two years are spent on coursework. The remaining years are spent on full-time research culminating in presenting an original thesis after which the Ph.D. is awarded.

Areas of Expertise: Oceans and Geophysics; Atmospheric and Climate Measurements and Modeling; Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology; Engineering, Economic Development, and Resource Management; Instrumentation and Field Measurements; Energy and Environmental Technologies; Pollution Monitoring

Material Sciences and Mechanical Engineering

Materials Science & Mechanical Engineering research ranges from fundamental work in solid and fluid mechanics to diverse studies in materials, mechanical systems, and biomechanics. The John. A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers Undergraduate courses in Material Science and Mechanical Engineering. Students may opt for the four-year Bachelor of Arts (A.B) in Engineering Sciences (Mechanics and Material Sciences and Engineering track). Harvard University offers  a Ph.D. program in Material Science and Mechanical Engineering. Students pursuing Mechanical Engineering receive a foundational education in a discipline central to challenges in energy, transportation, manufacturing, robotics, and the development of public infrastructure. Mechanical engineering covers a wide range of activities, including research in dynamics, fluids, materials, solids, and thermodynamics. The undergraduate department offers a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) in Engineering Sciences - Mechanical and Materials Science and Engineering Track and Bachelor of Science (S.B.) in Mechanical Engineering. Harvard University offers a Ph.D. program in Material Science and Mechanical Engineering.

Areas of Expertise: Soft Condensed Matter; Surface and Interface Science; Materials Science; Robotics and Control; Solid Mechanics; Fluid Mechanics
List of Labs: Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

Pure Sciences

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers a Phd in Applied Mathematics.  A student desirous of studying for a Ph.D may apply directly to this programme after his/her undergraduate studies. She will also be able to earn a Master's degree en route to the Ph.D. The department also offers a four-year program culminating in the  Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degree. The university offers a terminal degree-Ph.D in Applied Physics with the chance of earning a Master’s during the course of the study. The degrees offered by the department in Computational Science and Engineering are a Master of Science (a one-year program with intensive coursework) and Master of Engineering (a two-year program)  with a thesis to be presented at the end of the second year. The Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the largest division of the university, is renowned all over the world for its diverse offerings. The reason for Harvard being adjudged the second-best University in the world is because of the excellence earned by this department. Some of the graduate courses offered by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences are Chemistry & Chemical Biology; Earth & Planetary Sciences; Human Evolutionary Biology; Mathematics; Molecular & Cellular Biology; Organismic & Evolutionary Biology; Physics; Statistics; Stem Cell & Regenerative Biology.

Areas of Expertise: Electromagnetics and Nanoelectronics; Quantum Devices; Soft Condensed Matter; Nanophotonics; Surface and Interface Science; Economics and Computation; Modeling Physical/Biological Phenomena and Systems; Control Theory and Communications; Materials Science; Biophysics and Self-Assembly; Solid Mechanics; Fluid Mechanics; Theory of Computation
List of Labs: Center for Integrated Quantum Materials at Harvard

Annual fees for Indians $43,000
Annual off-campus living $9,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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