Bringing the best and brightest young scholars to campus and helping them thrive—no matter their backgrounds—is the foundation of Harvard’s excellence.
Our undergraduates come to Harvard from around the globe, from as many lives and places and economic circumstances as one could imagine, and for a multitude of reasons. What they have in common is the talent and desire to make a difference in the world—and, because of their Harvard experience, they do make a difference.
Harvard’s industry-leading financial aid program makes it possible. Our undergraduates come from all 50 states and more than 80 countries; from cities, suburbs, small towns, and farms; from every ethnic and religious background; and from across the economic spectrum. Whether our talented applicants come from Minnesota or Kenya, whether they have a passion for computer science or poetry, their place in Harvard’s classrooms should be and is determined on merit alone.
Our financial aid program encourages students who would otherwise never consider Harvard to see the College as a real option and to apply. Once a student is admitted, cost of attendance is never a barrier.
The Harvard Campaign for Arts and Sciences must ensure that Harvard remains within the reach of every extraordinary student, through the need-based financial aid program that is an expression of our community’s most enduring values. Investing in financial aid through this campaign moves the entire Harvard community forward by supporting the excellence of our student body and fostering a rich and dynamic learning environment. Harvard’s future—as a source of discovery, of ideas, of leadership—depends on it.