The story of Harvard University: names and numbers


THE SOCIAL NETWORK takes place in HARVARD UNIVERSITY, one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Read the text and then choose the name or number that completes the sentence in the question.


Harvard University is an American private university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, established in 1636 by the Massachusetts legislature. Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and the first corporation (officially The President and Fellows of Harvard College) chartered in the country. Harvard's history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world.
Harvard was named after its first benefactor, John Harvard. Although it was never formally affiliated with a church, the college primarily trained Congregationalist and Unitarian clergy. Harvard's curriculum and students became increasingly secular throughout the 18th century and by the 19th century had emerged as the central cultural establishment among Boston elites.
After the American Civil War, it was transformed into a centralized research university. In 1900 it became a founding member of the Association of American Universities. When World War II finished the university began to reform the curriculum and liberalize admissions. The undergraduate college became coeducational after its 1977 merger with Radcliffe College, a women's liberal arts college. Drew Gilpin Faust was elected the 28th president in 2007 and is the first woman to lead the university.
Harvard has the largest financial endowment of any academic institution in the world, standing at $32 billion as of September 2011. The university comprises eleven separate academic units, ten faculties and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, with campuses throughout the Boston metropolitan area. As of 2010, Harvard employs about 2,100 academic personnel to teach and advise approximately 6,700 undergraduates (Harvard College) and 14,500 graduate and professional students.
Eight U.S. presidents have been graduates, and 75 Nobel Laureates have been student, faculty, or staff affiliates. The Harvard University Library is the largest academic library in the United States, and one of the largest in the world.
The Harvard Crimson, the athletic teams of Harvard University, competes in 41 intercollegiate sports. Harvard has an intense athletic rivalry with Yale University traditionally culminating in The Game, although the Harvard–Yale Regatta predates the football game. This rivalry, though, is put aside every two years when the Harvard and Yale Track and Field teams come together to compete against a combined Oxford University and Cambridge University team, a competition that is the oldest continuous international amateur competition in the world.

(Adapted from Wikipedia)