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1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Almost all Harvard undergrads live on-campus because Harvard's House system is so appealing and fosters such a great sense of community. In addition, housing in Cambridge is extremely limited and expensive.

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5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: With its $32 billion endowment, Harvard can afford to enroll any student they want. About 60% of Harvard undergrads receive financial aid, and students of families making less than $60,000 per year can expect to pay next to nothing for their education.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Harvard has a pretty good party scene Thursday through Saturday, but if you want to party or drink during the weekdays, you're out of luck. Students study pretty hard during the week, and many of them party harder on the weekends. Final clubs are the biggest source of parties, particularly for freshman girls. The clubs generally have unlimited supplies of alcohol on the weekend and offer a pretty great space for partying, although the ratio of women to men is ridiculously skewed in favor of men. Non-final club males have a somewhat harder time finding parties, especially as freshmen. However, for those not interested in attending final club parties, Harvard frats (especially Sigma Chi), upperclassmen parties, various extracurricular group parties, and frats at nearby MIT and Tufts offer plenty of opportunities for partying.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: HUPD officers are awesome - they genuinely want to protect students, not ruin their fun. They also want to get to know the students. I even had several HUPD officers sing me an enthusiastic "Happy Birthday" on my birthday, and I often stop and have conversations with them around campus. Generally, the administration at Harvard takes a pretty lenient position on disciplining students. I was busted twice by my proctor for having alcohol in my dorm room as a freshman, and nothing happened; he didn't even write down the offenses for records. This is the general attitude of most administrators toward alcohol, marijuana, and noise violations.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Harvard Square has some really excellent restaurants, but they're often too expensive for students to regularly patronize. However, there are also your typical college student haunts: Chipotle, Tasty Burger, Pinocchio's Pizza. The biggest problem is that very few restaurants are open past 10 pm, and even IHOP closes at 4 am (Tasty Burger, Charlie's Kitchen, Pinocchio's, and Felipe's close at 2 or 3 am).

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: HUPD (Harvard University Police Department) officers are some of the friendliest and most competent police officers I've ever met. They genuinely believe that their purpose is keeping students safe, not ruining their fun. Regarding safety, Cambridge is like any other urban area: be smart. As long as you don't walk alone in dark alleyways at night with your headphones in, you should feel relatively safe. HUPD also sends out email and text alerts whenever there is a report of crime on or near campus.

College Sophomore

Majors: I've never researched an internship specifically for an English concentrator. However, an unbelievable number of Harvard students land summer internships on Wall Street with prestigious banks such as Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, and the Harvard Office of Career Services will review and critique your resume and/or internship application for free.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Few people realize that all of Harvard's varsity sports are Division I and that Harvard has the largest varsity sports program in the country in terms of number of sports and number of athletes. That being said, athletics aren't one of the most important aspects of the Harvard scene. There's a reason why all sporting events are free for undergraduates. Most students go to a least a few home games, but you may see students doing their homework in the stadium. However, the Harvard-Yale football game ("The Game") is one of the biggest events of the year for students, alumni, faculty, and administrators. Everyone goes to The Game every single year, and everyone has an awesome time.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm in one of the four sororities on campus, and honestly I don't consider a very important aspect of my college experience. None of the Greek organizations are officially recognized by the university, and none of the sororities even have houses. Very, very few students live in the frat houses; the houses are mostly used for parties. While it's nice to forge connections and friendships with students from different years with different interests, Greek life doesn't play a huge role in the social scene at Harvard. Male final clubs are far more popular, and their parties are better-attended.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Cambridge is an awesome college town. Both MIT and Harvard are located here, and the local economy and culture tend to revolve around these institutional giants. Harvard Square is a major subway and bus stop for the T, providing easy access to public transportation that can take you pretty much anywhere you want to go. This includes the vibrant city of Boston, which is about 15 minutes away. If taking the train or bus with the plebeians isn't really your thing, taxis and Uber cars abound. However, most students don't feel the need to venture too far from campus too often - Harvard Square offers a lot of really delicious restaurants, decent shopping, and frequent events. This is also one of Harvard students' biggest problems: they rarely leave the "Harvard Bubble" that is Cambridge and venture out into Boston.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: You just cannot get better than Boston for student life.

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4 College Junior

Majors: No select criteria per major, everyone just applies to the college.

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5 College Junior

Majors: Great internship opportunities, excellent course availability.

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5 College Junior

Scholarships: I did not apply, but I know over half of the student body is on some form of financial aid and that it is all grants, no loans!

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5 College Junior

Facilities: There is so much to do even just in the Harvard bubble. We have some of the top museums that are free to Harvard students right on campus, including the recently remodeled Fogg museum. The libraries are huge and so interesting, with book on anything you can think of. All the classroom buildings are full of nooks and crannies to be found by the adventurous. There are some great free coffee and study spaces in central campus if you know where to look!

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many little squares and areas in and around Harvard that offer some incredible cuisine. Aside from your late night burger joints, a short walk or bike ride away are places with great ethnic variety such as Brazilian, Italian, and Chinese. Tasty Burger is a drunk favorite, Felipes has greasy Mexican, and you can't beat the shakes at Shake Shack.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The only downside that can be stated is that Harvard does not excel in "popular" sports. Football, soccer, etc. are pretty mediocre when compared to the rest of the country. However, we are generally top in our league, and the basketball team has participated and made a good showing in March Madness several times now. Furthermore, if niche sports are your thing, you can't beat Harvard. The crew, squash, and sailing teams are often world renowned and compete internationally. The athletic facilities are also fairly state of the art and gorgeous.


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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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