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Cambridge, MA
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6,652
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$42,292
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Very Hard
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5 College Sophomore

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

1 person found this useful Report
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.

3 people found this useful Report
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.

4 people found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

4 people found this useful Report
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.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: It's There – It's there, it's fun, it's big, it's successful. That's most students' attitude--acknowledging the existence of sports on campus, but not having enough time to actually participate ( as an athlete or spectator ( unless you're on a team of course, in which case good luck))

5 College Sophomore

Academics: What You Would Expect – Way too many courses to fathom. Students are very competitive. Classes are hard not because the material is hard but because everyone else is studying very hard. If you want to learn, this is the place. Just be ready to study...a lot.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drugs are relatively low key at Harvard. You might find a few people with weed, but other than that, everyone sticks to drinking.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The University Health Services, UHS, are generally difficult to deal with, don't get things diagnosed very fast or accurately, and are a hassle. The safety is usually great, but recently there have been quite a few muggings around the Yard.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Very Competitive. Teachers are usually great. Great discussion of course material through mandatory discussion section for each class. Grading can be a bit harsh.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Getting financial aid at Harvard is very easy. I am very grateful for their abundant resources and financial help.

8 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Dining Halls Are Great – Harvard dining and hospitality services are truly amazing. They care about providing healthy food options to students and try to improve by listening to the students. The staff is also very friendly.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Cambridge and Boston Are Great – Cambridge has a great smaller city feel and with great neighborhoods, and Boston is so accessible by subway.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Most partying occurs on or around campus. The two most commonly used options are finals clubs and on campus parties. The on campus parties can either be registered parties in someone's dorm room or a house or university sponsored party like the Stein clubs held every other week or the other events organized and run by the house committees of each upperclassmen house.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Do not know much about off campus housing, but from what I've heard from the couple friends who use it, Harvard helps with expenses somewhat but not greatly and the cost of living in Cambridge and surrounding areas is really high. Paring is ridiculously expensive but even worse than normal for on campus parking.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The Harvard network is fast and reliable, can't be beat in terms of availability, consistency, and speed anywhere on campus. The computer lap computers are generally kinda slow, but function decently and get their job done. The printers are generally fast and efficient, but when there is a problem, which is often, it takes a while to get fixed. This may be due largely to the fact that most people get pissed off and leave rather than call someone and report that the printer is on the fritz. The Printers are great though when they do work and the price for printing is great which means that having your own printer is really unnecessary. Having your own laptop is almost a must just for being able to do work in your room, in the library and generally wherever you can. Laptops are also generally allowed in class so having one makes taking notes a lot easier. As long as you can be disciplined and stay focused in lecture, then you should have a laptop. Also, if you thing buying a laptop is a bit expensive, then there are plenty of scholarships that are specifically for laptops that you should definitely take advantage of, as they not only pay for a laptop, but with the money they give you to pay, will allow you to buy a rather expensive laptop. I wish I had known about these scholarships back before I bought my laptop. There is wireless access everywhere, literally every square inch, on campus. Overall, great!!!

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Dominic Hood
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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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