Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States, established in 1636 by vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was named after the College’s first benefactor, the young minister John Harvard of Charlestown, who upon his death in 1638 left his library and half his estate to the institution. A statue of John Harvard stands today in front of University Hall in Harvard Yard, and is perhaps the University’s best known landmark. Harvard University has grown with Cambridge and Boston (both 1630) through nearly four centuries, and is proud to be an important part of these vibrant cities and the Greater Boston, Massachusetts area.
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The Department of Institutional Research publishes an annual Fact Book with summary information about Harvard's facilities.