Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States, established in 1636 by vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. About 2,400 faculty members and more than 10,400 academic appointments in affiliated teaching hospitals.
Harvard College: About 6,700
Graduate and professional students: About 14,500
Total: About 21,000
Harvard has more than 323,000 living alumni, over 271,000 in the U.S., nearly 52,000 in some
201 other countries.
47 Nobel Laureates, 32 heads of state, and 48 Pulitzer Prize winners
The Harvard Library—the largest academic library in the world—includes 20.4 million volumes, 180,000 serial titles, an estimated 400 million manuscript items, 10 million photographs, 124 million archived web pages, and 5.4 terabytes of born-digital archives and manuscripts. Access to this rich collection is provided by nearly 800 library staff members who operate more than 70 separate library units.
Faculties, Schools, and an Institute
Harvard University is made up of 11 principal academic units – ten faculties and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The ten faculties oversee schools and divisions that offer courses and award academic degrees.
HarvardX is a University-wide strategic initiative, overseen by the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL), to enable faculty to build and create open online learning experiences for residential and online use, and to enable groundbreaking research in online pedagogies. To date, HarvardX has engaged more than 90 faculties across 10 schools, producing more than 60 open online courses with 3 million global registrants. On-campus, HarvardX has supported nearly 20 blended courses, convened 225 individuals (faculty, undergraduates,
graduates, technologies) in developing content, teaching, and conducting research, and built new educational tools and technologies.