Massachusetts, United States
Est. 1636Ranked among top 10 universities in US
Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, established 1636. Its history, influence and wealth have made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world.
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Home to two of America's most prestigious universities, Cambridge exudes a certain intellectual quirkiness. A mix of historical haunts, student hang-outs, alternative art and culture venues, vintage clothing shops, bookshops and ethnic restaurants, the city is, well, really cool. Although it is located just across the Charles River from Boston, Cambridge has a distinct vibe that is noticeable immediately.
The Harvard Library—the largest academic library in the world – includes 18.9 million volumes, 174,000 serial titles, an estimated 400 million manuscript items, 10 million photographs, 56 million archived web pages, and 5.4 terabytes of born-digital archives and manuscripts.
The 29 Garden St. Graduate Housing Complex for Harvard University provides 143 beds for students from a wide array of graduate programs.
Cambridge, MA climate is warm during summer when temperatures tend to be in the 70's and very cold during winter when temperatures tend to be in the 30's.The warmest month of the year is July with an average maximum temperature of 82.20 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum temperature of 22.10 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperature variations between night and day tend to be fairly limited during summer with a difference that can reach 16 degrees Fahrenheit, and fairly limited during winter with an average difference of 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainfall in is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. The wettest month of the year is November.
Notable alumni include Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook; Steve Ballmer, co-founder of Microsoft; Craig Silverstein, director of technology at Google; and Danielle Feinberg, technical director at Pixar Animation Studios.
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