GEC Summer School Campus

Harvard University

Campus Introduction

Harvard University is a private, Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, established 1636, whose history, influence and wealth have made it one of the world’s most prestigious universities.

The University is organized into eleven separate academic units—ten faculties and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study—with campuses throughout the Boston metropolitan area: its 209-acre main campus is centered on Harvard Yard in Cambridge, approximately 3 miles northwest of Boston; the business school and athletics facilities, including Harvard Stadium, are located across the Charles River in the Allston neighborhood of Boston and the medical, dental, and public health schools are in the Longwood Medical Area.

Harvard is a large, highly residential research university. Harvard’s alumni include eight U.S. presidents, several foreign heads of state, 62 living billionaires, 335 Rhodes Scholars, and 242 Marshall Scholars. To date, some 150 Nobel laureates, 18 Fields Medalists and 13 Turing Award winners have been affiliated as students, faculty, or staff.


Activities After School

While at Harvard, students explore Boston and Cambridge – towns reverberating with culture and history. Landmarks include everything from the Boston Public Library to the Museum of Fine Arts, from Symphony Hall to the New England Aquarium. Walking the Freedom Trail takes you past sites dating back to the revolutionary era. Meanwhile Faneuil Hall, the Italian Quarter, and Quincy Market offer an array of cuisines from around the world. Students can see a ball game or take a tour of Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox and one of America’s oldest baseball stadiums. Those who manage to see everything might retire for coffee at the Top of the Hub, the café on the 52nd floor of the Prudential Tower, which boasts magnificent views of the Charles River. There will also be opportunities to visit Harvard’s neighboring universities, including Boston College, Boston University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Tufts University, and the University of Massachusetts Boston.

University Visits

Oxbridge at Harvard offers a full program of college visits. Groups of students travel, with program staff, on field trips to Tufts, Boston University, Boston College, and MIT. Additionally, all students have the option to attend private on-campus sessions we organize with representatives from different colleges.


American History

Computer Science

Government and Politics

International Law




Speech and Debate

US Constitutional Law