#4 Best Colleges in America

Harvard Demographics & Diversity

Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity
Very High

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at Harvard are predominantly White with a smaller Asian population. The school has very high racial diversity. 56% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of Harvard University students
Race Percent of Students
White 44%
Black 6%
Hispanic 10%
Asian 19%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 6%
International 11%
Race Unknown 3%

Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity
Very High

There are 12% more female students than male students enrolled at Harvard University with a gender ratio of 53% women to 47% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, Harvard has a higher gender diversity than other US colleges and is very inclusive of both genders.

Male to female gender ratio for Harvard University students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 47%
Women 53%
Enrollment by gender for Harvard University students
Gender Number of Students
Men 14,778
Women 16,567

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity

Harvard serves a high number of out-of-state students with 85% of the student body residing outside of Massachusetts or from other countries.

Enrollment by geographic location for Harvard University students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 15%
Out of State 69%
Foreign 16%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$76,879 per year

17% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 20.6%
Part time Undergrads 6%

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=166027 IPEDS survey data for Harvard University.