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Cambridge, MA
Undergrads
6,652
Tuition
$42,292
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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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.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

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

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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

2 people found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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

1 person found this useful Report
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"

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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Beautiful dorms, most are quite large and luxurious. The freshman dorms are kind of dusty, though. And a few upperclassman dorms are kind of far from the center of campus, although probably much closer than dorms at most schools. A lot are right on the Charles River, as well! The housing process is a lot of fun - you choose a blocking group to be housed with and upperclassmen storm the yard at like 7 am one morning to deliver housing letters!

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Majors: You don't have to apply like at other schools. You just choose, unless you're doing social studies.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Majors: Applied math is awesome. One of the most interdisciplinary fields for anyone interested in math/science/anything remotely quantitative. It's flexible and gives you options. Not too demanding so it allows you to put a lot of effort and attention to your focus field. Also they give you free cake and pie on wednesdays. Oh and the professors are phenomenal.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: It's Harvard. Everything you could dream of is here if you look for it and aren't afraid to ask. It can be difficult but so worthwhile.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: It's Harvard... and it lives up to its reputation 100%

2 people found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Nobody lives off-campus except international students. For those that would like this, we have DeWolf and Dudley Coop which give you that feel but are way more convenient.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: It's nice that it isn't the only important thing here, but the spirit and athleticism is definitely apparent. We have great facilities and world-class athletes. I have several friends who either were in the olympics already or are on the fast-track to be in them soon. Games are fun and well-attended, and club/intramural athletes are well-respected as well. Sports teams also hold parties regularly :)

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Dominic Hood
Hometown
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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