Cambridge, MA Higher Education Overview
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Often regarded as the “Intellectual Capital of the World”, Cambridge is the site of a long list of higher education institutions.
Harvard University is the nation’s first university. It is undoubtedly the most famous in Cambridge and is arguably the most prestigious.
Harvard has a slew of accolades: it has been named the world’s best university by a number of publications, like Times and QS World University Rankings, and US News named it the most popular school among applicants, the number one national university and many more.
The 210-acre main campus backs up to the Charles River and sits on Harvard Yard in mid-Cambridge. The business campus and athletic facilities are across the Charles River, and the medical school and school of public health are three miles away. Harvard is the largest employer in Cambridge.
The institution brings in more than 21,000 students a year from all around the world. Harvard’s 41 varsity teams are a part of the NCAA Division I Ivy League athletics. The legendary rivalry with Yale University comes head to head each football season, during “the game”, but is put aside when they join forces to race track and field with England’s Oxford University and Cambridge University.
When the Cambridge community isn’t cheering the team on at these events, they can sign their kids up for the Crimson Kids Club or a youth team. Faculty and staff, alumnus, and family members can purchase memberships to their athletic facilities.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT is also a globally known and prestigious university that has been present in Cambridge since 1861. It accepts a little less than 10 percent of the applicants and enrolls around 4,000 undergraduate students. The university is the second-largest employer in Cambridge with more than 1,000 employees on their payroll. The campus is divided in half by Massachusetts Avenue and in proximity of Kendall Square and the Charles River Basin.
Academically, MIT is a major residential, research university with a strong emphasis in science and technology. The school is accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges and has been awarded a multitude of accolades, including best school of engineering by U.S. News & World Report. MIT is home to one of the biggest athletic programs, and friends and family can take advantage of their state-of-the-art recreation facility.
Lesley University is a private university and home to the Art Institute in Boston. The school belongs to New England Association of Schools and Colleges, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and New England Collegiate Conference. Lesley’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is continually recognized as one of the best low-residency MFA programs in the United States.
Learn more about the public and private schools in Cambridge.