Harvard University

 Harvard  University is the oldest and, arguably, the most prestigious university in the United States. In 2005, the Times Higher Education Supplement and the Academic Ranking of World Universities both ranked  Harvard  University first among the universities of the world. In addition, the US News and World Report rankings placed  Harvard  at the top of … Continue reading “Harvard University”

 Harvard  University is the oldest and, arguably, the most prestigious university in the United States. In 2005, the Times Higher Education Supplement and the Academic Ranking of World Universities both ranked  Harvard  University first among the universities of the world. In addition, the US News and World Report rankings placed  Harvard  at the top of the list in a tie with Princeton. Moreover, with a financial endowment of $25.5 billion in 2005,  Harvard  is considered the wealthiest university in the United States and in the world.

Located at Cambridge, Massachusetts,  Harvard  was founded in 1663, incorporated as “The President and Fellows of  Harvard   College .” It was named  Harvard   College  in 1639 after John  Harvard , a young clergyman and the institution’s first principal donor. John  Harvard , a product of Emmanuel  College  in Cambridge, left in his will several hundred pounds and a few hundred books to the college, which formed the foundation of its college library collection. On record, the first known official reference to  Harvard  as a “university” rather than a  college  was in 1780 in the Massachusetts Constitution.

During his tenure as  Harvard  president from 1869 to 1909, Charles Park instituted a number of radical changes that made the university into what was then known as the modern research university. Among his reforms were elective courses, small classes and entrance examinations. Owing to its successful implementation of these reforms,  Harvard  served as the model that influenced the American educational system greatly, both at the  college  and secondary levels.

In 1999, Radcliffe  College , which was originally founded as the “ Harvard  Annex” for women, was formally merged with  Harvard  University to form the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Today,  Harvard  has the fourth largest library collection in the world and the largest financial endowment of any academic institution. It lists over 6,000 undergraduate and 13,000 postgraduate students as well as a staff of 2,300. Its well-known motto is “veritas” or truth. Since 1875, the official school color is crimson and that’s also the name given to  Harvard  sports teams as well as the daily school newspaper, The  Harvard  Crimson Tide.



Source by Kadence Buchanan