Harvard University was established in 1636 by the Massachusetts legislature and soon thereafter named for John Harvard after its first benefactor. It’s a private Ivy League research university located in in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard is a 3rd best university in the world, first in Life Sciences, Medicine & Social Science, Management courses. Also, its financial endowment is largest among all educational institutions.
Brief History of Harvard University
Before 18th-century Harvard University was primarily a primarily an Institute to train Congregational and Unitarian clergy. Its curriculum and student body were gradually secularized during the 18th century. And by the 19th century, Harvard had emerged as the central cultural establishment among Boston elites. After the American Civil War, the college and affiliated professional schools transformed into a modern research university. Harvard was a founding member of the Association of American Universities in 1900. James Bryant Conant led the university through the Great Depression and World War II and began to reform the curriculum and liberalize admissions after the war. The undergraduate college became coeducational after its 1977 merger with Radcliffe College.