Harvard Football at a Glance
Academics & Prestige:
Harvard University is generally recognized as the top academic institution in America and has the highest graduation rate of any college. Harvard seems to be the standard by which all other colleges are measured.
Athletics at Harvard:
With 42 Division 1 sports, Harvard University boasts the largest Division I athletic program in the country. Stanford is next with 36 D-1 sports. No one in America does a better job of balancing academics and athletics at a high level.
Head Coach Tim Murphy & Success:
Coach Murphy has won championships at every school he has been a head coach (Maine, Cincinnati and Harvard). He has won six Ivy League Championships and is the “winningest coach” in Harvard football history. In 2011, Harvard set yet another Ivy League record with its 11th consecutive season with a minimum .700 winning percentage. The stretch includes six Ivy championships and is generally considered the most successful run in conference history. The last two senior classes went a combined 29-0 against Yale, Dartmouth, Columbia and Cornell. Every four-year player has won a championship and 99.9 percent have graduated.
Harvard has had more players sign NFL contracts than any program in the Ivies in the past 14 years. Just recently Ryan Fitzpatrick ’04 became one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL and Matt Birk ’98 was named NFL Man of the Year.
Internships & Career Opportunities:
Due to the large metropolitan area and the success of graduates, Harvard students have significant opportunities for summer internships at the best companies in Boston. Harvard Football, as a result of the overall excellence, Harvard alumni in the area and Coach Murphy’s 19-year tenure at Harvard, has the most successful summer internship program in the country to the extent that many of Harvard’s players have jobs before the start of their senior year.
Harvard gives more money in financial aid than any other school in the nation. In 2012, the average grant for students receiving financial aid was $41,000 per year. The majority of the Harvard football team receives a high level of scholarship.
Harvard football has outstanding Division I facilities that are generally regarded as the best in the Ivy League. This includes the magnificent 35,000-seat Harvard Stadium, which has field turf, lights, a video board and is a National Historic Landmark. The Stadium is transformed each winter by a removable bubble into the region’s largest indoor football facility allowing for a multitude of uses. Other facilities include a 24,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art indoor strength & conditioning facility and Dillon Fieldhouse, the home of Harvard football. We understand that an Ivy League student’s time is precious. At Harvard, students do not waste time traveling to and from facilities. All of the athletic facilities are located in a condensed area of campus, which is located within walking distance.
Harvard is the most diverse school in the country in terms of ethnicity, socioeconomics and geography. Just recently Harvard was the only non-historically black school to be ranked in the top five in the nation for African American students by Black Enterprise Magazine. Our students are from big cities, small country towns and everywhere in between. The common denominator is they are high character kids who respect everyone at Harvard.
Boston is the best college town in America. The city has more colleges and universities than any other metropolitan area in the country. As a result, Boston is a young city filled with students and young professionals.
Harvard students have the best of all worlds. A beautiful campus set upon the Charles River located minutes away from Boston, a vital metropolitan area and a world class college town.
Harvard produces more CEO’s than any other school in the country. Harvard also leads with top salaries and acceptance to top graduate schools.
Although no one ever plans to get injured, Boston provides the best medical treatment in the country and is known as an international medical center.
Logan Airport in Boston is eight miles away from Harvard and has flights to and from everywhere in the country. Harvard is, by far, the easiest college in the Ivy League to get to and from.
Boston provides some of the best public transportation in the country. Students can get anywhere in the city using buses, trains, cabs, zip cars and bikes.
Living at Harvard:
Harvard University provides on-campus housing all four years for all students. It provides the best sense of a campus community of any college in close proximity to a metropolitan area.
Game Day Atmosphere:
Historic Harvard Stadium provides the best game-day atmosphere in the Ivy League. Harvard perennially leads the Ivy League while ranking among the nation’s top 10 programs in attendance. Harvard plays host to annual night games in front of 20,000 fans; we are the biggest draw both at home and on the road and have the honor of playing in one of the nation’s must-see events in all of sports - the Harvard-Yale game, otherwise known as “The Game.”
Out of Conference:
Next season, Harvard football travels across the country to play at the University of San Diego.