Get to Know Harvard
Established 1636, Harvard's history, influence and wealth have made it one of the most prestigious universities and oldest institutions of higher learning in the world. Unlock the history of Harvard on your next trip to Cambridge with our best rates and convenient location.
The Statue of Three Lies: John Harvard’s statue stands in Harvard Yard and is the third most photographed statue in the U.S.
Harvard is Older Than Calculus: When Harvard was first founded, calculus class was not offered because it had not yet been invented. Calculus emerged in the late 1600s.
Ivy League… or Ivy Leaves: Harvard is an Ivy League college, a term used to encompass eight Northeastern colleges and universities. The term “Ivy League” actually refers to a tradition from the 1800s. The students would plant ivy at the beginning of the school year and at some schools it was accompanied by an “ivy” speech that soon became known as “Ivy Day” at some schools.
No Filming Allowed: Since 1970, Harvard has banned commercial filming on campus. However, quick flyover footage of the school can be seen in movies Road Trip and Old School.
Underground Adventure: Widener Library, the second largest library in the United States, consists of a whopping 10 stories, with four floors underground. The architects built down, rather than up, to expand on the building capacity for books and literature which increased year after year. Tunnels were later constructed which connected the Widener Library to the nearby Pusey Library, Lamont Library, and Houghton Library.