Our Mission and Culture

For many people, the most compelling aspect of working at Harvard is the sense of mission and community that permeates every school, department, program, and organization on campus. It’s a vibrant crucible of intellectual activity, research, knowledge creation, learning, and teaching. Here, results matter and creativity flourishes. We’re united by a culture that strives for excellence while supporting our fellow employees.

As America’s oldest and most venerable institution of higher learning, Harvard’s mission is to advance new ideas and promote enduring knowledge. Since our founding in 1636, Harvard has grown to include 11 degree-awarding schools, and the programs and collections of our allied institutions—Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Harvard Art Museums, and the Arnold Arboretum. While unified by a common mission, each school develops leaders and positively impacts the world in its own way.

"If Harvard is first of all defined not by buildings or endowments or traditions but by people, we have an overriding interest in attracting to our community the most talented people we can find – as students, as faculty, as staff."

-          Drew Gilpin Faust
           President of Harvard University
           Lincoln Professor of History