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Cambridge, MA
Undergrads
6,652
Tuition
$42,292
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Simply the Greatest Educational Experience You Could Imagine – The university, surronding area and student body are among the most outstanding in educational history.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Unless you are in a final club (snooty/elitist mansions for rich guys on campus), or a girl who dresses up every night to get into one, there is no nightlife. Bars and clubs are all 21+ thanks to puritanical laws. Dorms are pretty restrictive about room parties. Large dance parties that are college-sanctioned are infrequent and poorly executed due to lack of good locales. That being said, there is a lot of 'alternative' nightlife out there in Boston.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: So and So – People got in here for their brains, not beauty. The 10% of students who are wealthy legacies or athletes tend to look very attractive, but the vast majority are average to ugly. The few bombshells are invariably shallow and conceited, as well as remarkably vapid.

13 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Top Notch Except for Student Center – The library system is phenomenal. Architecture on campus is quite nice as well. The gyms are beautiful and spanking new. There is no student center, which is the only bummer.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Weather: Lots of snow and very cold for 5 months out of the 9-month school year. If you are for a warm climate, the first winter will be miserable.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: It's Alright. Heavy workload. Decent faculty interaction. Great facilities and work opportunities. The student center does not exist though.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The T system is highly reliable, cheap, and easy to use. Although I use the subway system the most, buses are also a really convenient option. Buses arrive frequently, and the schedules are posted everywhere. There are also cheap buses outside of the T system that go to places like New York and Philadelphia fairly quickly.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe! The Harvard University Police Department does an excellent job of protecting students. Cambridge is relatively safe at all hours of the day and night, and the rules are generally enforced well.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Wouldn't Choose Differently – I had chosen Harvard over UC Berkeley and it was one of the best decisions I've made. It definitely is a different experience having to fly across the country to go to school. Many of my friends at Berkeley go home often.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Dining Halls Great – Great place to socialize and catch up with friends. I think the food is great (definitely better than anything I could cook!) and the dining hall staff is very friendly

2 people found this useful Report
1 College Junior

Parking: Hard to find parking spaces. I don't drive while at school but when my parents came to visit me, they parked in a space (that didn't seem like it required a special permit) and received a ticket after being gone for less than 20 minutes

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Upperclassman Houses – Living in one of Harvard's 12 upperclassman houses is one of the best things about attending Harvard. House life and house community really make being a school a home away from home

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are many restaurants right in Harvard square to choose from that are not too expensive and very easily accessible, but because the meal plan is basically included in our tuition most students eat in the dining halls

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3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is nuts. It will rain non stop for a week and then out of no where be 90 degrees. You are never able to get a handle on what the weather will be.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls Are Bad – It is hard to find a good looking girl who can hold a conversation

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Diversity: Very Integrated Compared to Other Schools. Students come from all socio economic backrounds and all parts of the world

5 College Student

Overall Experience: I Love It – I joined an a-capella group with some of the nicest people I know in it. We have a blast touring together. My roomates and I get along fine. I love the area. My classes are very interesting, as are the guest speakers who come to campus.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: Staying Awake – There isn't much of a drug scene outside of prescriptions that enable students to focus better or stay awake.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Parties Are Go, School's Not a Game – The Administrative Board, the entity that currently determines the fate of students not meeting academic standards or otherwise breaking campus rules, can be kind of shady, but that's currently going under review. Parties need to be registered in advance, but an unregistered party will just get shut down without any real consequences. Theoretically underage drinking can be punished, but this is usually enforced mainly in the freshman dorms. There's also an amnesty policy at the University hospital so that drunk students and their friends who go there for help won't get into any disciplinary trouble for it. The most important thing is just not to do anything academically dishonest and try to keep your grades up, because the Ad Board nearly always tells a student being disciplined to take a year off (and work/do something deep while on leave).

5 College Junior

Academics: That's What I Came for – People already know that Harvard stands for academic excellence, but what most generally don't know is that the academic support system here is designed to make sure that you get the most out of your time here. Professors are not only the best in their fields, but most of them are more than willing to talk to you outside of class and work with you on independent projects. Beyond even academic and career advisers, not to mention a support network of deans and peer counsel groups, there's an entire organization called the Bureau of Study Counsel designed to help students with any school-related issue that might have, including battling procrastination, learning to read more efficiently, dealing with learning disabilities, and much more.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Athletics: Not Bad, but No Attention – Within the Ivy League, Harvard does very well for itself. That said, it's not a sports-oriented school, and compared to other universities is definitely the small fish in the ocean. The one big sports event that brings everyone together is the Harvard/Yale football game. Other than that, it's pretty rare for a sports event to get much attention from the student body at large.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Rarely Necessary – There are definitely apartments close to campus and, considering how much room and board costs, you can pay relatively low rent (as low as you're going to get in Boston/Cambridge, anyway). Still, off-campus housing isn't something I would recommend because the House system is a pretty big part of the Harvard experience. Very few people live off campus and it can be pretty alienating even if you find a good spot.

4 College Junior

Computers: If you can't afford your own laptop, the University will provide one for you. Otherwise, there are plenty of computers and printers accessible on campus and WiFi absolutely everywhere. For example, each House (upperclass dorm) has its own computer lab with macs, PCs, scanners and printers. Still, due to the importance placed on email, and also for convenience, it's best to have a personal laptop.

4 College Student

Facilities: Harvard has largest library system in the world. The athletic facility is great. It has an Olympic-sized swimming pool and multi-purpose basketball arena.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Generally About Cambridge – Cambridge, Massachusetts is one of the most populous cities in the state. It is the location of two famous universities:Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Living here gives you access to a great education, but you have to stand a high cost of living. The architecture and culture is quite similar to England. Museums are the most interesting things in this city. One of the best museums is the Harvard Art Museum, which is one of the world's leading institutions.

1 person found this useful Report
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Dominic Hood
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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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