Harvard and Stanford are both top Universities in America. The former lies on the East coast while the latter is on the West Coast of the United Sates.

Harvard University is the leading institution of higher learning located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA while Stanford University is located in Stanford, CA, USA. Both are epitomes of education today and have produced numerous known leaders and businessmen of the world.

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Harvard UniversityStanford University
Mascot John Harvard Cardinal
Founded on March 13, 1639 November 11, 1885
Motto Veritas Die Luft der Freiheit weht meaning The wind of Freedom blows
Website www.harvard.edu www.stanford.edu
Famous Alumni Franklin Roosevelt, John F Kennedy, T.S. Elliot, John Adams, etc. Jim Allchin, Andrew Grove, Larry Page, Herbert Hoover, Condoleeza Rice.
Endowment US $34.9 billion US $ 17.2 Billion
Type Private Private
School color Crimson Cardinal
Undergraduates 6,715 6,689
Field Higher Education, Research Higher Education, Research
Campus Area 380 acres 8180 acres
Location Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA Stanford, CA, USA
Students 2,497 non-medical, 10,674 medical 1807
What is it? Top East Coast University in America Top West Coast University in America
Graduates 12,424 8,201
President Drew Gilpin Faust John L Hennessy
Staff 2,497 non-medical, 10,674 medical 1807
Motto in English Truth The wind of Freedom blows


Harvard University was founded in 1639 by John Harvard. In the 17th century, Harvard University established the Indian College in order to educate Native Americans, but it was not a success and disappeared by 1693. Between 1800 and 1870 a transformation of Harvard occurred which E. Digby Baltzell calls "privatization”. During this period, Harvard experienced unparalleled growth that put it into a different category from other colleges. Ronald Story notes in 1850, Harvard's total assets were "five times that of Amherst and Williams combined, and three times that of Yale.... By 1850, it was a genuine university, 'unequalled in facilities”. Ever since that there has been no looking back and today, Harvard is considered one of the premier centers of higher learning in the world.

Stanford University dates to the late 19th Century and was founded by a former Governor of California in memory of his son who perished at a young age. Stanford University has become the leading University and Research Facility on the West Coast of America, and is also recognized as one of the top 20 Universities in the world. Stanford University has Undergraduate, Graduate, Law, Medicine, and other degree programs for students.

Schools and Programs

Harvard University has schools of Arts & Sciences, Engineering & Applied Sciences, a Business School, Divinity School, School of Government, as well as Medical and Legal departments. It has programs ranging from Architecture, Biophysics, Business Economics to forestry. There are extentive programs available under its research schools also.

Stanford University has both graduate and undergraduate programs in Earth Science, Engineering, Humanities & Science, Education, Business, Medical and Law. Stanford also has a huge variety of programs. Harvard Business School is the most respected institution for business management, investment studies and .market research in the country. The Stanford School of Engineering is one of the best institutions for research and development in the country, though most associate Stanford with IT development excellence at the academic level.

Faculty and Education

Stanford currently has 1807 faculty members, including Nobel laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners. The Stanford faculty is divided as follows in various Schools:

Total Faculty 1,807*
Members of Academic Council 1,418
Percentages are rounded
Graduate School of Business 96 (5%)
School of Earth Sciences 45 (2%)
School of Education 47 (3%)
School of Engineering 231 (13%)
School of Humanities and Sciences 524 (29%)
School of Law 48 (3%)
School of Medicine 766 (42%)
Other:(SLAC, FSI, Independent Labs) 50 (3%)

Harvard has 2,497 faculty members in the non-medical devision and 10,674 medical faculty.


The Harvard University Library is considered to be the largest and most extensive research library in the world. For housing at Harvard, Thirteen Houses make up the Harvard-Radcliffe House system. Twelve are residences for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. (Undergraduates spend their first year in dormitories in or near Harvard Yard.) A 13th House is a center for graduate students, nonresident undergraduates, and undergraduates living in small cooperative Houses (in which students prepare their own meals and do household chores in exchange for reduced room and board). Harvard prides itself at its publications including the Harvard University Gazette. Harvard University is also home to many superior examples of American architecture including the Massachusetts Hall and The John Harvard Statue and some museums.

The Stanford University Library is equally good and also prides itself on the Stanford University Press. The Stanford University comprises of extensive computer networking linking more than 1,50,000 computers. The undergraduate housing system at stanford includes 78 very diverse residential facilities, including academic-focus, language and culture, and cross-cultural houses; student-managed row-type houses; apartments; suites; and traditional residence halls. In 2006, Stanford Dining won the Ivy Award for Excellence in Dining. It serves about 3,250,000 meals annually. There are 40 recognized religious organizations on the Stanford campus. The Stanford Lively Arts Foundation brings the theatre dimension to student life. Stanford has associations with more than 70 charitable and voluntary organizations for public service work for students. Stanford maintains one million gross feet of indoor facilities and 94 acres of outdoor fields. Among Stanford's facilities are the 50,000-seat Stanford Stadium, the 6,786-yard Stanford Golf Course; the 7,000-seat Maples Pavilion, with one of the finest basketball surfaces in the world; the 4,000-seat Sunken Diamond; the 14-court Taube Family Tennis Stadium; and the the 2,500-seat, four-pool Avery Aquatic Complex.


At Stanford, the annual football game against the University of California Berkeley Golden Bears is regarded the Big Game. It is preceded by Gaieties, a student-produced musical follies. Stanford has won the Director's Cup, which honors the most successful program in NCAA Division I sports for the last 12 years. In 2005-06, Stanford won three national team championships and had 13 teams in the top five and 20 in the top 10. Forty-two athletes and coaches also represented Stanford at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Stanford offers about 300 athletic scholarships. About 800 students participate in intercollegiate sports.

Harvard has excelled in sports like football, basketball, baseball, and soccer and has produced many world class players like Jenifer Boterril, Julie chu and Jamie Hagerman.

Cost to Attend

Undergraduate cost at Harvard for the academic year 2006-07 are as follows:

For Stanford undergraduate study may cost anywhere between $40,000 to $45,000.

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