Harvard is one of the most esteemed colleges on the list of Ivy League schools. Its longstanding tradition of academic excellence has created a long list of noteworthy alumni. Some may not know much about the school, though. Read on for 10 fun facts about Harvard University.
10 38% of Harvard students are atheist or agnostic in their religious beliefs.
8 Eight of Harvard’s alumni had their signatures on the Declaration of Independence.
7 The school was founded in 1636 and was the United States‘ first university.
5 Founder John Harvard donated his entire library collection of 400 books as well as half of his estate to the university.
4 8 United States Presidents graduated from Harvard – John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, George W. Bush, Rutherford Hayes, and of course, Barack Obama.
2 One of the most selective universities in the country, only 6% of applicants are admitted into Harvard.
1 There are more than 360,000 living Harvard alumni spread all across the world.
+ Bonus Knowledge Nuggets
Harvard students have created a cancer vaccine implemented into the body through extremely tiny gel disks with antigens designed to reprogram the body to attack malignant tumors. It’s the first implant of any kind to successfully eliminate tumors in mammals. An additional fact is that, since 1970, Harvard has banned commercial filming on campus.
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