is a private Ivy League research university
and the oldest higher education institution
in the United States.
It was established in 1636 colonial America
and founded by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
. The school was originally created to educate members of the church leaders according to the university 's collections of historical documents.
Harvard is made up of 13 schools and institutes
spread across the four campuses
. It also has graduate or professional schools of medicine, law, business, divinity, education, government, dental medicine, design, and public health such as its prestigious Business School and Medical School
and the highly ranked Graduate Education School
, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
, Law School, and John F. Kennedy School of Government