Bachelor of Liberal Arts Students by the Numbers

The Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree candidates at Harvard Extension School come from around the globe and all walks of life. Over 1,000 students in the program bring their diverse background and perspectives to our classrooms—promoting thoughtful, nuanced dialogue and a rich academic experience.

Here's a snapshot of our undergraduate student population based on Bachelor of Liberal Arts graduate data from 2014 through 2017.


Most undergraduate degree candidates are maintaining a career while pursuing their studies.


More than half of Harvard Extension students are between the ages of 25 and 40.

Average age


Years of full-time, paid work experience

57% of students come to Harvard Extension with more than 5 years of full-time paid work experience.

Employment status while obtaining a degree

67% of students continue to work part time or full time while pursuing their studies.

By studying at Harvard Extension School, our students have the opportunity to network with a global community.


More than half of our students study from a distance.

Top 10 countries* students hail from

  1. Canada
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Australia
  4. India
  5. Singapore
  6. Brazil
  7. China
  8. Mexico
  9. Japan
  10. Germany
*Outside the United States


Credits transferred

80% of students transfer credits from another institution.

Average admission GPA

Admitted students prove their ability to succeed at Harvard in their admissions courses.


Students pursue their degree at their own pace, allowing them to maintain a work/life balance.

Number of courses taken per semester

On average, students take 1–3 courses per semester.

How students pursue their studies

More than half of our students pursue their coursework online.

Fulfilling the residency requirement

Graduates fulfill the residency requirement through a combination of course formats. Harvard Summer School is the most popular choice.

Years in the program

More than half of students complete their degree in 5 years or less.

Graduation Rate

Admitted students prove their ability to succeed at Harvard in their admissions courses.


With 20 fields of study to choose from, our students are able to pursue their professional and personal passions.


Top fields of study

  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Government
  • Computer Science
  • International Relations


From seeking a career change to preparing for graduate school, our students pursue their undergraduate degree for a variety of reasons.

Reasons for obtaining a degree

44% of students pursue a degree to prepare for graduate school.