Harvard University is one of the most prestigious universities in the world due to its history, wealth, and influence. Founded in 1636, it is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Harvard University is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts (MA), which is part of the metropolitan Boston area. The main campus is located in Cambridge, while expansion of the university has created additional campuses scattered throughout the Boston area. Boston is the capital of the US state of Massachusetts and is the most populous city in New England region.
The institution has a student population of 6,700 undergraduates and over 15,000 graduates and postgraduates. Named after English minister John Harvard, the university admits students from all over the world into its 11 academic units, which include 10 faculties and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The list of alumni of the Harvard University includes prominent individuals from around the world, including 8 US presidents, several foreign heads of state, billionaires, Olympic medalists, Nobel laureates, Rhodes Scholars, and Marshall Scholars. Harvard's various campuses are described in more detail below.
The main campus of Harvard University sits on 209 acres of land along the Charles River and is centered on Harvard Yard, Cambridge, approximately 3 miles north-west of Boston. Harvard Yard is a triangular square located at the intersection of Brattle Street and John F. Kennedy Street. The university's central administrative offices and the main library are located at the Harvard Yard, as well as academic buildings, dormitories, and residences.
The Allston campus neighbors the City of Boston and is home to the Harvard Business School and several other university facilities such as Harvard Stadium. The campus covers an area of 358 acres, which is significantly larger than the main Cambridge campus. The Cambridge and Allston campuses are separated by the Charles River, but connected by a pedestrian bridge, named the John W. Week Bridge.
The Longwood Medical and Academic Area (LMA) is a campus that is home to the Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and the Harvard School of Public Health. The campus is located in Boston and occupies an area of approximately 21 acres. The LMA is approximately 3.3 miles south of the main Cambridge campus and 3.3 miles southwest of downtown Boston.
Other Facilities Owned and Operated by Harvard
In addition to the Boston metropolitan area campuses, Harvard University owns and operates various facilities in other parts of the United States and beyond. These include the Dumbarton Oak Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C., the Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA, and the Concord Field Station in Estabrook, MA. International facilities include the Villa I Tatti research center in Florence, Italy and the Harvard Shanghai Center in China.