Cambridge, MA
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Close and Accommodating but Small and Expensive – The apartments are all around the campus so commuting to campus isn't a problem. The real expenses come in the cost of rent, which I am guessing because of Boston's high cost of living, not to mention how much everything is compacted there. Despite these setbacks, the apartments are usually furnished and accommodate every need.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Amazing Housing – beautiful places, a family environment, very spacious. very accommodating.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Amazing Opportunities – It is honestly the most priceless experience of my life. Because of Harvard I have opportunities I could have never had.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Are Just Part of the Picture – Athletes are included in everything on campus and are really just some of the talented people among the students here. They are not seen as super stars, but often they appreciate feeling mainstream.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It was a smooth, easy process with incredible results.

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Best Offer You Can Find – Best need-based, number one choice for low income students

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Computers: Plenty of Computers, all running the most recent operating system.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Parking: We Dont Own Cars on Campus – We use free shuttle. Boston also have an excellent public transportation system. Rarely students have their own vehicle. Parking is available in many places in Harvard Square but expensive.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Harvard has some pretty old buildings on campus, but they've all been updated to be as comfortable as one could hope for and outfitted with the latest technology to meet the demands of today's classrooms. The campus has also been added to continuously over the years with modern additions where necessary without sacrificing it's timeless character.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's a Lot to Do in Cambridge... Oh, and There's Boston. Cambridge is always having some festival or another, and it's easy to live in a bubble and only visit Cambridge stores, they're quite expansive. Then of course there's Boston, which is fantastic. I can think of few better places to go to college based solely on the local atmosphere.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Senior

Greek Life: Barely Exists – There are 3 sororities and 3 fraternities on campus. None of them have residential houses and one fraternity is the only Greek organization with property in the square. Many of the frats and sororities rent spaces in the square for meetings that barely hold all of the members. They are a good outlet for making new friends and for parties and mixers, however final clubs dominate the social scene more than frats/sororities.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Not Much Said About Drugs – The College has a lot of oft-talked about policies on alcohol but drug policies are pretty much unmentioned. For example, I don't know what disciplinary consequences would result if an administrator found a student selling drugs or storing drugs in their room, and I'm a senior here. The rare wealthy student will experiment with cocaine, a normal amount of students smoke weed, and a number of students abuse study drugs like Adderrall, especially during finals.

5 College Senior

Academics: World Class professors, classmates, resources, and facilities. However, it is easy to get through Harvard taking easy classes and not challenging yourself. It is very easy to get a B+ and difficult to get an A or a C.
Harvard College is a liberal arts undergraduate program, meaning there is no business, marketing, communications, accounting, finance major or concentration. There are a diversity of programs and the option for independent or special concentrations if a subject area isn't available. (One noticeably absent undergraduate concentration is Urban Planning or Architecture and this is usually a "special concentration" based on Graduate School of Design classes). The graduate schools are a great resource for undergrads, and you can take classes at many of them as an upperclassman.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: As Expected – Harvard Dining Services automatically allocates every student in Harvard housing an unlimited meal plan, meaning you can swipe into the dining hall as many times as you want every day. However the hours are difficult (ie, lunch ends at 2:15, dinner ends at 7:15) so if you're busy like every Harvard student, you end up missing a lot of meals you are paying for. There are lots of vegan, vegetarian, and locally grown options but food is pretty boring and they serve the same things every week.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great Restaurants but Some Are Pricey – Cambridge and Boston have some amazing restaurants that cover every type of cuisine imaginable. The only obstacle tends to be price, however, if you do your research and talk to other students, there is always an affordable, delicious option!

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Majors: A Pretty Standard System of Major Declaration – Each student declares majors at the end of the fall semester of sophomore year by submitting an application and coming up with a class schedule for the next two and a half years. I have never heard of one of these applications being turned down, and in the event that your essay or schedule leaves something to be desired, they will work with you to improve it. I would suggest getting advice from members of the department beforehand to avoid that kind of hassle later on.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus Is a Hassle in Which Few Students Participate – Because of the strength of on-campus housing and because of the huge expense of apartments in Cambridge, few Harvard students live off campus. It is far more cost effective to live in the dorms, however, if a student were really intent on living in an apartment, there would likely be a large availability. With the large amount of graduate schools in the area, a lot of people look to rent out their apartments or even just rooms to students.

5 College Freshman

Majors: A Great Network of Connections Opens up Some Amazing Internship Opportunities – As a rising sophomore, I have not yet experienced an internship through Harvard, however their well-connected alumni network is well know to give some incredible internships to Harvard students. While rising sophomore internships (the summer before sophomore year) are largely unpaid, most students are usually able to later procure paid internships.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not a Huge Amount of Drug Use, but Drinking Is Pretty Popular – There is little drug use at Harvard, however it is common for people to drink. There is little peer pressure, though.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The Gym Is Amazing – Fully loaded gym for all graduate business school students to use. Excellent facilities all around.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Feel Extremely Safe – Never have felt threatened, even when walking alone at night.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: Excellent Experience – Holistic, totally involved experience with the top students and professors in the world.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great Place but Costly – The education at Harvard is superb, well deserving of its reputation. I've worked with great faculty and have many great colleagues. From what I'm told, the connections I make here will benefit me for a lifetime. That's reassuring since the cost of attendance is so high, but I'll reserve judgment until I've reentered the workforce. Otherwise, I have had an excellent time both in class and out.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The great thing about athletics at Harvard is that they do not give out scholarships solely for athletic ability. Students must excel at academics first, with sports as a worthwhile extracurricular activity which may or may not be varsity. Physical fitness is stressed on campus, but not as a business which trumps education. I would prefer that athletic facilites (gyms, tracks, etc.) be more accessible to the wider student body at lower prices, but otherwise, I'm quite happy with the program.

1 person found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: New England – This year was great for weather but expect cold winters, wet springs and blustery falls.

1 person found this useful Report

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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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