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Cambridge, MA
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$42,292
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Very Hard
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Campus Strictness: Campus police are not strict at all. Even if you call them at 4 a.m. because you are drunk and locked yourself out, they will still be super nice and understanding.

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Campus Strictness: Harvard University police do not care about drinking at all. Often times, they will break up parties that are too rowdy. Even while busting the parties, the HUPD tend to be quite jovial and only care about quieting down the party, not busting underage drinking. As a prime example, after Harvard won the Ivy League championship in football, a couple cops even showed up to joke around at the football team's keg party. Sometimes, an officer will try to scare an underage drinker by taking their name and ID number down, but rarely will they actually bust anyone. They are there to protect the students, not to get themin trouble.

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Campus Strictness: No one cares if you drink after freshman year. I'm sure they don't look favorably upon drugs though.

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Academics: Fan-freaking-tastic. I have had the best teachers and a lot of close contact with them, and they're amazing. I had a class this semester with just five people and the professor.

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Academics: Two words: world class. What is even more surprising is that they are very accessible. The teachers treat you like a person rather than an unimportant part of the student body.

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Academics: The professors are always experts in their fields, very friendly, and surprisingly interested in undergraduates, despite what you might hear.

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Academics: Most professors are terrific. Sure, there were a few I hated, but for the most part, they are excellent lecturers and make themselves available to all of their students. Most classes also have graduate assistants (Teaching Fellows, or TFs) who can be extremely helpful. In some classes, I think the professors rely too much on the TFs; if they're not good, that can be a problem.

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Academics: The professors I've had have almost all been really great. I've had one professor, so far, who I found not so great, but the others have been amazing . . . some of the best lecturers I've ever heard.

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Academics: The teachers are great in terms of teaching, but they are also busy-just like the students. They all hold office hours though, so you can find them.

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Academics: It all depends on what class. Nearly all of my teachers this year were really amazing, except for my math teacher who was just horrid. You should definitely take foreign language classes-they rock-and if you take math, you should make sure your professor speaks English, unless you know another language fluently.

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Academics: The teachers are amazing. Some of them are a bit pompous and hard to deal with, but they are all brilliant. With a little initiative, you can forge a strong relationship with a Nobel Laureate in chemistry, or whatever it is that you are interested in.

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Academics: Unparalleled! My God, even the grad students who taught most of our courses were brilliant. In about half the classes, you get significant teaching time. It's not empty lecture; it's interaction with the true geniuses of our age.

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Academics: I've had some wonderful professors, some who were very dull, some who can't speak English, some who can't teach, and some who did not really care about us. It varies. You'll have some big classes, and some really small ones, but you can usually pick some good ones.

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Academics: Professors are good. The biggest piece of advice I can give you is to pick classes based on the professors and not the subject material. I didn't figure this out until my junior year, so I wasted a lot of time in bad classes. Ask around and read the CUE (Committee on Undergraduate Education) Guide, which is a student-compiled guide to courses that you'll get at the beginning of each year. There is also a two-week

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Academics: The teachers are probably the best thing about Harvard. They are world-renowned, and they make themselves available to undergrads.

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Academics: The teachers range from being very interested in the students to being less so, depending on the size of the class. TFs are usually great, so even in big classes, I always felt like I could get help when I needed it. Overall, my professors have been very interested in talking to me and making sure I really understood material. I have found about 90 percent of my classes to be fascinating.

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Academics: The professors are approachable, no matter if they teach large or small classes. Office hours are weekly, so it's a matter of the student being brave enough to introduce themselves. Also, teachers, despite the reputation of being wholly devoted to their research, do like it when undergrads approach them. Classes are interesting depending on the professor's ability to engage students as well as a students' own personal preferences. The key to an interesting class is finding a talented professor, even if the subject material isn't totally what you would think is interesting.

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Academics: You're lucky if you ever meet your professor in almost every class. Graduate students do the majority of the instruction. Some of them are good teachers, and some of them are not. Classes can be interesting, but those are often the hardest ones. A lot of requirements are painful experiences, such as statistics.

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Academics: The teachers are incredibly passionate, deep people. Sure, they often can be difficult to understand and obnoxiously tough, but if you take the time to talk with them, their passion is inspiring. The teaching fellows are often better than the professors are because they are more realistic and reachable. As for classes, it depends on the topic of the class, the teacher, and the personality of the student. Some of the required classes are interesting, some aren't.

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Academics: My first encounter with a Harvard professor left me simply dumbfounded. As a naïve freshman, I dared to argue about the author James Joyce with my professor, who I later found out had just won an international book award for his criticism of Modernist literature. I thought he might be the exception, but many courses later I have found that nearly every professor approaches undergraduate education with a rare combination of excellence and enthusiasm. However, to avoid sounding like Harvard's admission guide, I must admit that occasionally, and especially in the Government department, you will come across professors who allow their views to heavily bias their lectures and the selection of course readings.

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Health & Safety: I always feel safe, and I've never heard of anything bad happening. It's a city, so you have to use common sense, but I've never been uncomfortable, not even once.

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Health & Safety: It's pretty safe. We've got our own police force. All of the dorms and houses require ID card access, and there are security phones everywhere.

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Health & Safety: I am not familiar with stats, but I feel Harvard is a really safe campus. You can go on and study with peace of mind!

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Health & Safety: It's unsurpassed. The Harvard police are expertly trained. Many are ex-marines and SWAT members. They are extremely approachable and friendly. Also, the blue-light phone system is all over campus and very easy to use. Crime happens, but the HUPD prevents almost everything, and if they don't prevent it, they catch the criminals.

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Health & Safety: Harvard Square is a great area. There's stuff going on 24 hours a day. There are a lot of transients, however.

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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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