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Harvard University

Harvard University, founded in 1636, is the country's oldest higher education institution. The majority of Harvard students are graduate students, and more than 20% of the student body is international. Harvard is centred in Cambridge, Massachusetts, although it also maintains institutions in neighbouring Boston, such as the Harvard Medical School. The institution boasts the world's highest endowment of any school. More than 100 centres at Harvard conduct study in a variety of subjects.

The undergraduate college is part of the university, as are 11 other degree-granting schools, including the highly rated Business School, Graduate School of Education, Law School, and John F. Kennedy School of Government. Several teaching hospitals, notably Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Brigham and Women's Hospital, are linked with the medical school. The most common majors for Harvard undergraduates are social sciences, biology and biological sciences, history, math, and psychology.

The academic calendar of the institution is semester-based, and English is the medium of teaching. Most undergraduate students live on campus for the whole four years, initially in the Harvard Yard in the heart of campus as freshmen, then in one of 12 undergraduate residences for the duration of their studies. Graduate students have access to some university residences. The Harvard Library is the world's biggest academic library, with over 19 million books in its more than 70 libraries.

Harvard University is ranked #1 in Best Global Universities and  ranked #5 in QS World University Rankings.

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