The Ivy League university will bestow its Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year award on Hathaway at a parade and ceremony Jan. 28, organizers have announced.
The actresss, 27, was named to the honor by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals – the country's oldest undergraduate drama troupe – for her "contribution to entertainment."
Hathaway, whose other films include Brokeback Mountain, Becoming Jane and Rachel Getting Married, was chosen because of the variety of her roles on screen and on the stage, a spokesman for the group told the The Harvard Crimson student newspaper.
"That theater aspect really hit home for us, for the Pudding, and we're so excited for her to come," he said.
The group's man of the year recipient has yet to be revealed.
Last year, honorees Renée Zellweger and James Franco received golden pudding pots – to mark a tradition that began in 1795, when Harvard members of the club pledged to bring "a pot of hasty pudding" to each meeting.