Harvard University was founded in the year 1636, the name Harvard was named after its first benefactor, John Harvard. The governing body of Harvard, The Harvard Corporation was established 14 years after the establishment of the University. In early college period, the classes were conducted primarily on Congregational and Unitarian clergy and later in the 18th-19th century some of the subjects were added and some subjects were relaxed. After the event of the American Civil War during the tenure of President Charles W. Eliot, the college was transformed into professional school and modern research university. Later onwards, many people helped in the growth of the undergrad and post-grad and particularly during the Great Depression and World War II, James Bryant Conant led the university and later after the war there was a reform in curriculum and admissions.
The main campus of the university is located in Harvard Yard, Cambridge and around 5km from Northwest of Boston. The main campus has an area around 209 acres has facilities including a business school and athletic stadiums. The Harvard Stadium is located across the Charles River and the medical, dental, public health schools are located in Longwood Medical Area. The Harvard Library is the world’s largest academic and private library system, comprising 79 individual libraries holding over 18 million items.
Harvard’s alumni include eight U.S. presidents, more than thirty foreign heads of state, 188 living billionaires, 364 Rhodes Scholars, and 252 Marshall Scholars. As of October 2019, 160 Nobel laureates, 18 Fields Medallists, and 14 Turing Award winners have been affiliated as students, faculty, or researchers. In addition, Harvard students and alumni have won 10 Academy Awards, 48 Pulitzer Prizes, and 108 Olympic medals as well as founded many notable companies worldwide.
Harvard University since 1962 established Visitor Center where students from the university greet visitors from all over the world. There are an audio tour, mobile tour and private tour option available in general. There is a free student-led public walking tour, the tour is capped for a maximum of 35 attendees, but the university can accommodate groups of up to 14 people on their free public tour. The tour is student-led and comprises an outdoor walk through Harvard Yard, providing a history of the university, general information, and a unique view on the student’s individual experience.
Another option is the self-guided walking tour available where you would be provided with tour pamphlets which are offered in 9 different languages which can be purchased in their office or you can also download audio files of historical buildings for each building in Harvard Yard. The files are available on their website and all the files compiled together results in the audio tour of Harvard University. Virtual mobile tour is also available by downloading the app that is available for both iOS devices and Android Devices.
Private, Group tours if the group consists of more than 14 people are needed to be contacted beforehand, maybe 2 weeks before so that the university staff can accommodate and schedule the tour based on the group size. However, the group size should not be more than 80 people.
Macrotraveller had a chance to visit the university and learn about the history, achievements, notable members, notable students etc of one of the World’s oldest university. It was an informative tour which helped me understand more about the Ivy League School, Harvard University.