A very timely and valuable pamphlet has just been issued by the college. As it announces, it is "a brief statement of what Harvard University is, how it may be entered, and how its degrees may be obtained." To those of us who have always been intimate with Harvard, and have known all about its institutions, this pamphlet serves only as a reminder of the expanse of the University, and as a convenient book of reference; but to those people (and there are many of them) who know Harvard merely by name as a University of high repute, this little pamphlet will be most valuable. It answers most of the important questions that intelligent persons ask about Harvard, and takes the place one might say of a "general bureau of information for Harvard."
The pamphlet describes the government of the University-the corporation (consisting of the president, treasurer, and five fellows), and the thirty-two overseers (elected five every year by the alumni). It further mentions the different opportunities offered to college men in all branches of study and recreation. It shows how men with small means can work their way through college, by means of scholarships, tutoring, etc.; and it shows that small means are no disadvantage to a man in his social intercourse, or intellectual pursuits. The chances for a man who graduates from Harvard are also very good.
The pamphlet then goes on to take up separately the different departments of the University, and to show the requirements and qualifications necessary for admission, and the course which the students must pursue in order to get a degree. For the college proper the standard of requirements for admission is high, but they are so elastic that they fit the needs of almost every candidate. Considerable attention is given to showing just what is necessary to fulfil the requirements for admission.
The Graduate School with its great opportunities for advanced work, and its especial fitness for students intending to teach, write, or enter any literary or scientific profession, receives mention. Also the Scientific School, the Divinity School with its numerous scholarships, the Law School and its practical work, the Medical School with its high standard and opportunities for hospital work, the Dental School, the Veterinary School, the Bussey Institute for those intending to become landscape gardeners, etc, the Summer Schools,-all are amply described in the pamphlet. The pamphlet concludes with a clear notice of the advantages and opportunities offered by the observatory, the library, the various laboratories, and museums, the religious exercises, the athletic buildings and fields, and the prizes given by the University.