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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: On-Campus Is the Way to Go! On-campus housing is cheaper and you feel more so a part of the community. I honestly don't know of anyone living off campus, but it can be pretty expensive and difficult to find a place near by. Honestly, i don't think it's worth it, even if you can afford it. On-campus living also makes me feel personally safer.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: *Two great gyms, gyms also in the basement of houses (in Eliot House at least). Not a big gym person (New year's resolution is to become one though--fingers crossed!) but the facilities look pretty great. There's also group classes undergrads can take for free like zumba and indoor cycling, etc. Those, if you can find one to attend regularly, are pretty great.
*Libraries are huge--Widener stacks are legen-wait-for-it-dary. Cabot is great for us sciency ones who want to avoid the Lamont crowd. The studying crowd in Lamont can be pretty intimidating actually. Lamont cafe studying is more laid back--maybe too laid back for my taste. Cabot couches are great for in-between-classes naps! :)
*Plenty of campus activities--Cultural Rhythms is my fave. Ghungroo is awesome too.
*All the Houses have their own cute little special features (like all the pianos in Eliot) and I haven't found a house lawn I didn't like yet. The freshman ivy yard's pretty awesome--miss it and wish I had used it more last year! Anenberg looks like the the Harry Potter d-hall. River Houses have a view of the Charles. The classrooms are nice--only had one classroom I disliked but that was because of the class size and the over-crowdedness in the small room.
*Love the Campus!

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The title says it. There's the T so you can leave campus and explore boston, etc. in an inexpensive way. It might seem like a bubble, but if you think that's not the case to some extent with every university, you're only kidding yourself. But really, cambridge and harvard square are great! The clothing stores are kind of expensive and there are a lot of tourists, but you see all walks of life on the streets of cambridge: rich and poor students, business men and women, barbers and chefs smoking during break, the homeless, etc. It's not a bad bubble to be in. Also, there are some really good food places. Pinocchio's Pizza is my favorite late-night food place to go to. Not much selection on chinese food though in the area :(. Tons of universities close by too (Tufts, BU, MIT, etc.) so if you have friends going to those schools, you can totally hang out every weekend if you want! I haven't seen much negative attitudes towards students--maybe a bit from visiting BU girls though. They're just jealous ;). I once got lost looking for a building and went two miles off track and a really nice realtor in a random building I entered to ask for directions was super duper nice. Most shops do offer discounts to students is you ask, I think. Also, there's always performances on Massachusetts ave. from dancers to singers, etc. I love this campus--one of the reasons I chose Harvard!

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe but Exercise Common Sense – All Harvard students receive emails regarding any recent criminal activity either on campus or in the immediate vicinity. The majority of the incidents occurred off campus and involved people failing to use basic common sense, such as walking alone at 2 am whilst talking on their cell phones.

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4 College Student

Campus Strictness: really not so bad, just study and don't do dumb things

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Getting There – Football and basketball are on the rise this year! Crew and squash are the only teams that consistently do well, though.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Absolutely phenomenal - Harvard has the money to attract students of all sorts of backgrounds, economic or ethnic, and being with this diverse group of students has really opened my eyes to the different conditions people come from.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: In the Background – How to get help from campus police is drilled into you in the beginning of each year, and while they're always there, they're not in your face.

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4 College Senior

Nightlife: Finals Clubs – The finals clubs are for people who like to party and have the money to party in an expensive furious way. There are usually dorm parties going on, too. Night clubs exist, but I think most people stay on campus to party.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Sports teams get lots of resources (aka money), but the quality of the team and coaches depends a lot on the sport. Also, the culture of Harvard is that "coolness" depends on things other than athletic prowess, which I think is a shocker for some of the athletes. Here you're cool if you're smart and successful. Athletes have to work really hard to get great grades and still keep up with their sports. We have a great women's hockey team, men's basketball team, crew teams, etc. Don't come to Harvard for volleyball. I'm not really familiar with the other sports. Don't come to Harvard if you want to go pro, but do come if you want to play sports in college and then go into a different profession.

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1 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Don't Do It – You should not live off-campus because on-campus housing is so wonderful!!!!!!! Have you ever seen Harry Potter? Harvard housing is like living at Hogwarts. I'm serious. You get put into a "house," where you live the rest of your college time. You eat in your house dining hall and get to know the rest of the people in your house well. It provides such a great built-in social network and it's a great way to meet a diverse and awesome group of people. House life is so wonderful. I strongly caution against living off-campus!!!

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not Much Besides Weed – It's funny that the Bee and the Spee rhyme, but neither rhymes with coke.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Wide Range – there's a campus shuttle, an inter-campus shuttle, then the local buses and trains, intercity buses primarily to new york, taxis, and logan airport isn't too far either.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: there definitely is a whole crowd of people who blaze and/or to ecstasy and other ish. if you want to do it here, you can easily. if you'd rather not, you can spend your whole time oblivious to it. alcohol on the other hand is visible whether you like it or not. every weekend, thursdays too. and during punch season any given day is up for grabs depending on the clubs. there are handful of folks whom still do not drink even while in their upperclassman years.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Your Social Sphere for 3 Years – House life is wicked fun. There's not a lot of inter house mixing so when dining in a different house farthest away from your own house the faces will more unfamiliar. Freshman dorms range, but for the most part are pretty nice and the proximity to classes is unparalleled.

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4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Boston is a huge city with tons of activities. Three quarters of Boston is filled with college students, as there are plenty of colleges nearby. You will definitely have a blast at Harvard.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Many scholarships available but mostly the competition is very tough.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Poor felicities in semiconductor labs. Most of the terminals were always occupied. You have to make prior appointment for getting a terminal and that too lasted for just one hour.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Although there are many restaurants in Boston, students rarely venture outside of Harvard Square. The square offers a range of dining options but they are not very affordable on a student budget. With no real supermarket located within walking distance (there are a few tiny and highly overpriced ones in the square), and a mandatory meal plan, most students rely on the dining hall for their meals.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Boston Is an Excellent College Town – Boston is a college town which means that it has a vibrant atmosphere. There are millions of things to do in the city and a good public transportation system that makes commuting simple and cheap. From museums, to shops, to beaches, mountains and outdoor activities - Boston is a perfect town. Additionally one can also visit other colleges for parties, and socializing.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Visual Arts Dept. Has a Lot of Perks – Being a Visual Arts major at Harvard has its good and bad parts. The best part is that all of the art supplies that you use in the class are provided and completely FREE! Also, if you are a senior, the department covers the costs of producing your thesis. No other art school that I know of provides free supplies or thesis funding. Your classroom is your studio space which can be used any day of the week, which is also a plus. The classes are small in size (no more than 12 students), but this also means that it's hard to secure a spot in them. The department is very small, which gives it a personal feel, but is also limiting in the choices of courses offered, and the range of art techniques taught.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Christian Fellowship – I have found such a wonderful Christian community here at Harvard. It has been truly amazing how God has led me through my time here. What makes Harvard so amazing is the people. Even those outside of Christian community bring so much diversity of experience, thought, interests, talents... it's really amazing.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Convenience and Cost – There are shuttles that run around campus very frequently. These shuttles are provided free of cost.

From Harvard, to get to Boston is simply a subway ride away. The subway costs $1.45, I believe, and the subway stop is right beside campus. There's actually a "Harvard" stop.

There are also buses that cost about $1.35 that will go anywhere the subway doesn't drop off reasonably close.

There are also taxis.

And, of course, there's always walking. Boston/Cambridge are wonderful walking/biking cities. There are sidewalks EVERYWHERE.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Foreign Languages – The foreign languages at Harvard are beyond excellent. The faculty are very well qualified, and the 1:1 attention is truly amazing. Students also really enjoy the courses and gain confidence in speaking the language to native speakers.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It's harvard. They want to preserve the pristine campus.

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