“Harvard University is proud to be part of a remarkable ecosystem of innovation. As we strive to overcome the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain committed to mission-driven work that benefits Massachusetts and contributes to the region’s vitality. Discoveries and advances made in our labs, expertise and experience shared with our partners in government, and dedication and resolve demonstrated by health care workers in our affiliated hospitals are all causes for hope and gratitude as we look forward to resuming our important work together.”

Lawrence S. Bacow
President of Harvard University

Harvard Students and Employees from Massachusetts

With thousands of students, employees, and alumni from across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Harvard University plays an important role in supporting the region through campus-born research and innovation, financial aid for Massachusetts residents, employment and local spending, and community-serving partnerships.

Berkshire, Dukes, Franklin, Hampden, Nantucket

Employees 34
Students 97


Employees 59
Students 57


Employees 177
Students 121


Employees 808
Students 412


Employees 26
Students 39


Employees 10,773
Students 6,913


Employees 2,282
Students 1,302


Employees 408
Students 170


Employees 3,728
Students 2,890


Employees 332
Students 256

County Data in Table Format
MA County Employees Students
Berkshire, Dukes, Franklin, Hampden, Nantucket 34 97
Barnstable 59 57
Bristol 177 121
Essex 808 412
Hampshire 26 39
Middlesex 10,773 6,913
Norfolk 2,282 1,302
Plymouth 408 170
Suffolk 3,728 2,890
Worcester 332 256

Supporting Massachusetts Residents Through Employment

Harvard is one of Massachusetts’ largest employers leading a dynamic nonprofit sector that anchors and fuels the regional economy. Employees hail from across the Commonwealth and benefit from competitive pay and industry-leading benefits. To help employees advance in their careers, the University provides leadership and skills training through its Center for Workforce Development and the ability to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree from a Harvard school for a fraction of the cost through tuition assistance programs.


Massachusetts residents employed at Harvard


Largest employer in Massachusetts


Wages, salaries, and benefits paid to Massachusetts residents in FY20


High school students have worked in various office and lab positions across Harvard over the past 5 years

Powering the Regional Economy

The University’s operations and research activities have a critical impact on the local economy, supporting businesses small and large across the Commonwealth. Harvard’s research enterprise fuels an ecosystem that attracts hundreds of millions in funding to the state. This goes to support salaries and wages for Massachusetts residents, purchasing from local businesses, and the advancement of  scientific discoveries that contribute to the public good.

Supporting Local Businesses

Harvard Spending in Construction, Supplies, and Services in FY20


Spent in Massachusetts


Spent in Boston


Spent in Cambridge

Research Impact


In research funding attracted to MA in FY18


Supported researchers and staff


Used to purchase goods and services from Massachusetts-based companies

Ecosystem of Innovation

Harvard is at the heart of Massachusetts’ unique ecosystem of innovation. The University’s research enterprise, coupled with its affiliated teaching hospitals, create a powerhouse for attracting funding and generating early stage ideas, driving innovation, discovering cures, and building the regional economy.



Patents held by Harvard as of July 2021


Ventures created through Harvard Innovation Labs in past decade


Startups launched around Harvard research innovations during the past 5 years

Companies Launched Around Harvard Technologies

Partnering to Address Regional Issues

Whether in collaboration with local nonprofits or government, Harvard is an active partner around some of the region’s most pressing challenges. These partnerships represent another extension of the University’s nonprofit mission and a shared vision of community.


Affordable Housing

To address the housing affordability crisis, Harvard has committed $20 million to help create and preserve affordable housing in Greater Boston through a partnership with three nonprofit lending organizations.

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Units of affordable housing have been created or preserved in the past 20 years in Greater Boston through the Harvard Local Housing Collaborative

Expanding Access to Education

Harvard is deeply committed to expanding access to education and eliminating economic obstacles for students attending college. Through the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative that was launched in 2004, the University has awarded more than $2.5 billion in grant aid to undergraduates.


2020 – 2021 Academic Year


In scholarships awarded to Harvard College students from Massachusetts


Massachusetts students enrolled in Harvard College


Students from Massachusetts at Harvard


Massachusetts residents enrolled in coursework at Harvard Extension School


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Harvard Law School Clinical and Pro Bono Programs

One of the largest providers of free legal services in New England, Harvard Law School’s Clinical and Pro Bono Programs serve hundreds of Massachusetts residents across the state on a wide range of legal issues, including housing, immigration, and government benefits. 



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