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Cambridge, MA
Undergrads
6,652
Tuition
$42,292
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Harvard guys are a bit of a conundrum. Relationships aren't really a thing here.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I would say Harvard isn't too strict about alcohol use. Freshmen aren't allowed to have alcohol in their dorms, but it's give or take whether or not parties that happen get busted/the host(s) get into trouble. In the Houses, parties are free to occur so long as they don't create extreme amounts of noise, and varies depending on the proctor living in the dorm. Harvard hates when its students protest though.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: HUDS is far from quality dining. Food from the freshmen dining hall, Annenburg, is especially lacking, most likely due to its mass-production in relation to the smaller house dining halls. They do try and vary the options, as well as change them up from season to season, but the food is generally bland and either under or overcooked. There also isn't a great variety of vegetarian/vegan options, especially if one can't eat soy.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: 4 stars, since there are some major problems with facilities. However, Harvard seems to be working on fixing them (renewing the Houses, creating a student center.) Otherwise, Harvard has a nice aesthetic, and good classrooms/labs/libraries.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Cambridge is a wonderful place to go to school in. There are tons of options for food and shopping, as well as different events year-round like the Head of the Charles. Plus, Boston is a short T ride away for when you want to venture out of the "bubble."

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Amazing professors, great variety of classes to take. The classes are quite hard, and despite claims that everyone here gets an A, you have to work diligently in order to do well.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Parties aren't hard to find, depending on your group.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: No one really lives off campus

5 College Sophomore

Academics: If you major in humanities you automatically get more attention because not many people major in humanities. Most departments are small and friendly.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Special concentrations and are plethora of libraries are two of my favorite academic offerings.

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College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't really know much about Greek life

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They give people what they need.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: People are people. I can't believe this survey asks this.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Lots of variety. Wish the entrees were better and the vegetables fresher

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Cambridge can be a rough area but HUPD is wonderful and I feel very safe

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing at Harvard is unique and one of the things that sets it apart from other schools. All freshmen live in the Yard, until they are randomly sorted into upperclassmen houses, which become important communities for the next three years. In general, there are all the amenities one could ask for, but that does not mean that the actual rooms themselves are great. It's a mixed bag in terms of space and accommodations very by house.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Harvard is an extremely diverse place in terms of race, background, economic status, sexual orientation, country of origin, all that stuff. People here tend to have a unique perspective and something that they contribute to the community around them.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have rarely felt unsafe on Harvard's campus. One exception would be late at night during spring and summer, when there are crazy/loud/drunk/homeless men out and about. I've had close encounters with creeps, as it's an urban area, but if you stay alert there shouldn't be any problem.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Tons! although there are lots of requirements for each one

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Super competitive and it can be discouraging. However, i actually got to meet my admissions representative and was thoroughly impressed with how caring and personal he was. As they say, "Harvard Admissions does not make mistakes"

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I've never encountered any problems. Freshman parties get broken up every so often if they are noisy. Basically you have to do something really bad and stupid to get in any real trouble.

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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Harvard is interesting - not the ugly-nerd stereotype many expect. We have world-class athletes and rich legacy kids, which definitely contribute to overall attractiveness, but also i've found that smart people are much better-looking than i expected. Overall, the students are attractive AND smart, interesting, and put-together.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Good campus food as far as most schools go, but the meal plan is limited (basically included with pricey tuition). Few options for gluten-free or vegetarians or anyone with diet restrictions

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are 4 sororities & 4 fraternities. Great alternatives to the final clubs if you are interested in joining a social group. The frats have parties.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Cambridge is a great college town, and if you ever aren't satisfied then Boston is about 10 minutes away.

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Dominic Hood
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New Orleans, La.
Major
Psychology
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Challenging, rigorous, and positive all describe students’ overall experience at Harvard. The academic challenge initially seems daunting to many students, but the intellectual growth facilitated by this academic powerhouse leaves students pleasantly surprised. The social life of most Harvard students acts as a counterbalance to the intellectual challenge, and not surprisingly, students forge lifetime memories and friends throughout their four years at Harvard.

The Harvard experience leaves most students yearning for more. The University provides undergraduates with a rich history, unparalleled cultural diversity, and intellectual rigor that challenge each student to fulfill every ounce of their potential. Students leave the University satisfied, prepared, and stronger, more aware global citizens than when they entered.

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