is a private Ivy League research university
and the oldest higher education institution
in the United States.
It was established in 1636 colonial America
and founded by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
. The school was originally created to educate members of the church leaders according to the university 's collections of historical documents.
Harvard is made up of 13 schools and institutes
spread across the four campuses
. It also has graduate or professional schools of medicine, law, business, divinity, education, government, dental medicine, design, and public health such as its prestigious Business School and Medical School
and the highly ranked Graduate Education School
, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
, Law School, and John F. Kennedy School of Government
is one of the most selective institutions
out of all the colleges and universities according to the Best Colleges rankings
. The university is regularly ranked number one in the world in various world university rankings, and the consistency of its chart-topping performances show that success is yet to breed complacency.
Harvard University facts :
- Harvard's alumni include eight US presidents, several foreign heads of state, 62 living billionaires, 359 Rhodes Scholars, and 242 Marshall Scholars.
- Harvard was named for a Puritan minister, John Harvard, who left the college his books and half of his estate.
- The Harvard University Library is one of the largest and most important university libraries in the world.