Harvard University and Radcliffe College – Rankings and Review

Harvard Yard in Cambridge

Harvard was originally founded in 1636 and named after Puritan minister John Harvard. Its counterpart for educating women was founded in 1879 as Radcliffe College. These days, since 1971, Harvard and Radcliffe have fully merged academics and were considered fully merged in 1999. For our rankings and review of Harvard, we consider the university as a whole.

The Basics

Location Cambridge, Massachusetts
Official Website Harvard
Nickname Harvard Crimson
School Colors Crimson Red
Athletic Conference Ivy League

RealRank Ranking Categories

Reputation Platinum
Renown Platinum
Diversity Success NI
Sports Renown NI
Tuition Profile High Cost private university
Endowment Platinum
Alumni Engagement Platinum

Key: Platinum: Elite Class; Gold: Very good; Silver: Successful, with room to improve;

Bronze: Mid to low range; NI: Needs improvement.

Academic Profile

Academic Range Well-Rounded
Professional Schools:
Architecture Yes
Business Yes
Dental Off-campus in Boston
Engineering Yes
Law Yes
Medical Off-campus in Boston
Nursing No
Veterinary Medicine No
Core Science Breadth Yes
Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities Breadth Yes
Agriculture No
Human Sciences / Education Yes
Public Health / Urban Policy Yes

Renowned Alumni

Harvard is one of the oldest universities. Because of that, you can imagine that it has a long list of famous alumni. Are there any others that you strongly feel should make this list?

  • John Adams – 2nd President of the United States.
  • John Quincy Adams – 6th President of the United States.
  • Leonard Bernstein – Composer and Symphony director.
  • Benazir Bhutto – Former Prime Minister of Pakistan.
  • George W. Bush – 43d President of the United States.
  • Stockard Channing – Actress.
  • W.E.B. Du Bois – Civil rights leader.
  • T.S. Eliot – Author.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson – author and philosopher.
  • Barbara Epstein – Founder of New York Review of Books.
  • Rutherford B. Hayes – 19th President of the United States.
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes – Justice of U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Helen Keller – Deaf and blind activist and author for the disabled.
  • Elena Kagan – Justice of U.S. Supreme Court.
  • John F. Kennedy – 35th President of the United States.
  • Caroline Kennedy – Ambassador to Japan. Daughter of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Onassis.
  • Empress Masako of Japan.
  • Barack Obama -44th President of the United States.
  • Michelle Obama – “First Lady” of  the United States.
  • Conan O’Brien – Comedian and late-night TV host.
  • Natalie Portman – Actress.
  • John Roberts – Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt – 32nd President of the United States.
  • Theodore Roosevelt – 26th President of the United States.
  • Paul Samuelson – Economist and winner of Nobel Prize for economics.
  • Chuck Schumer – Senator from New York, and Majority Leader of the Senate.
  • Sheryl Sandberg – CEO of Facebook.
  • Gertrude Stein – Playwright and poet.
  • Jill Stein – Green Party Candidate for U.S. President.
  • Henry David Thoreau – Philosopher and author.
  • Neil DeGrasse Tyson – Astrophysicist and television host.

Any others you would add? What has been your experience at Harvard or Radcliffe?



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