Harvard University Computer Science Programs
Harvard University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.
Harvard University Rankings
According to our 2023 analysis, Harvard is ranked #10 out of 758 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #2 out of 29 schools in Massachusetts.
Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.
Harvard has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.
Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Harvard.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Harvard has earned from around the web.
|#1||Best Information Technology Graduate Degree Schools||College Factual|
|#1||Best Computer Programming Graduate Degree Schools||College Factual|
|#9||Best Computer Science Schools||College Factual|
|#15||Best Computer & Information Sciences Schools||College Factual|
|#17||Best Computer Information Systems Schools||College Factual|
|#24||Best Schools||Course Advisor|
Where Is Harvard University?
Contact details for Harvard are given below.
|Address:||Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138|
How Do I Get Into Harvard?
You can apply to Harvard online at: college.harvard.edu/admissions/apply/application-requirements
Admission Requirements for Harvard
|High School GPA||recommended|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||neither required nor recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
|TOEFL||neither required nor recommended|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Harvard?
Approximately 48% of accepted students are men and 52% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 5%, and the acceptance rate for women is 5%.
Average Test Scores
About 72% of students accepted to Harvard submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 720 and 780. Math scores were between 740 and 800.
Can I Afford Harvard University?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Harvard, approximately 7% of students took out student loans averaging $10,464 a year. That adds up to $41,856 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at Harvard is 0.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.
Harvard University Undergraduate Student Diversity
There are also 21,864 graduate students at the school.
Of the 5,699 full-time undergraduates at Harvard, 49% are male and 51% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Harvard University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||626|
|Hispanic or Latino||700|
Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Harvard University. At this time, all 50 states are represented by the student population at the school.
At this time, 50 states are represented by the student population at the school.
Over 151 countries are represented at Harvard. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Canada, and India.
Online Learning at Harvard University
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Harvard has changed over the last few years.
This school is the 3rd most popular in Massachusetts for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.
Online Affordability Rankings of Harvard
During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Harvard University was $54,002 for both in-state and out-of-state students. The following table shows how Harvard is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.
|Major||Tuition for In-State Students||Tuition for Out-of-State Students|
|General Computer & Information Sciences||#74||#74|
Online Growth Rankings of Harvard
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Harvard University was 154.0%. This is the #243 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Harvard regardless of major.
The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Harvard ranks compared to all other mostly online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Harvard.
|Major||Growth Rate Rank|
|Web/Multimedia Management & Webmaster||#7|
|General Computer Programming||#9|
|General Computer & Information Sciences||#22|
|Computer & IS Security||#26|
|Computer Information Systems||#47|
When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.
Harvard University Computer Science Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
|Major||Basic Certificate||Bachelor’s||Graduate Certificate||Master’s||Doctor’s||TOTAL|
|General Computer & Information Sciences||0||0||16||77||0||93|
|Web/Multimedia Management & Webmaster||1||0||62||0||0||63|
|Computer & IS Security||0||0||52||0||0||52|
|General Computer Programming||2||0||39||0||0||41|
|General Information Science||0||0||0||11||0||11|
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
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- National Center for Education Statistics
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