Why Study at Harvard?

The ultimate liberal arts engineering experience

You are immersed in Harvard College.

The “Harvard experience”—immersion in a multifaceted intellectual setting—is part of what makes learning engineering and applied sciences here a singular experience.

Our aim is to train students who excel in applied science but also have a broad knowledge of other disciplines and wish to connect advances in engineering to society’s most challenging problems.

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You can enter the concentration at all levels.

Because of our emphasis on preparing broad-minded students we’ve designed programs and courses that meet the need of students at multiple levels.

The concentration is open to those who might not have had opportunities for rigorous mathematics or exposure to engineering or computer science in high school. At the same time, the program caters to those who dream about taking Math 55 their first year.

Unlike some engineering schools, all prospective undergraduate students apply and are admitted to Harvard College and enrolled students do not need to declare their intended concentration until the sophomore year.

You will be part of a small school with big ideas.

Many of our classes are small, thanks to the 5:1 student/faculty ratio. Professors and administrators are accessible in and outside of class. And, collaborative courses and research with Harvard’s world-class programs in the life and physical sciences expose students to the bigger picture, too.

You can pursue either an A.B. and an S.B. degree.

We offer an A.B. degree option (which is relatively rare among our peers) as well as an ABET-accredited S.B. (in Engineering Sciences only).

Moreover, 38% of the A.B. students at Harvard are women, almost double the national average in regular engineering programs.

Our programs are flexible.

Our concentrations promote flexibility and, yes, even fun. That means you’ll have time to indulge your passion for the yo-yo, push the pigskin down the turf, investigate the wacky world of quantum science, or create the next great start-up in your dorm room.

Although you can dig deep into specific areas of research, the goal is to train future leaders and thinkers in all fields as well as professionals in engineering and applied sciences.

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