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

Campus Housing: Beautiful dorms, most are quite large and luxurious. The freshman dorms are kind of dusty, though. And a few upperclassman dorms are kind of far from the center of campus, although probably much closer than dorms at most schools. A lot are right on the Charles River, as well! The housing process is a lot of fun - you choose a blocking group to be housed with and upperclassmen storm the yard at like 7 am one morning to deliver housing letters!

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: You don't have to apply like at other schools. You just choose, unless you're doing social studies.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: Applied math is awesome. One of the most interdisciplinary fields for anyone interested in math/science/anything remotely quantitative. It's flexible and gives you options. Not too demanding so it allows you to put a lot of effort and attention to your focus field. Also they give you free cake and pie on wednesdays. Oh and the professors are phenomenal.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: It's Harvard. Everything you could dream of is here if you look for it and aren't afraid to ask. It can be difficult but so worthwhile.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: It's Harvard... and it lives up to its reputation 100%

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Nobody lives off-campus except international students. For those that would like this, we have DeWolf and Dudley Coop which give you that feel but are way more convenient.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: It's nice that it isn't the only important thing here, but the spirit and athleticism is definitely apparent. We have great facilities and world-class athletes. I have several friends who either were in the olympics already or are on the fast-track to be in them soon. Games are fun and well-attended, and club/intramural athletes are well-respected as well. Sports teams also hold parties regularly :)

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a subway stop literally on campus which can take you anywhere in Boston cheaply. Uber is amazing and convenient. Harvard is also a big tourist spot so there are lots of buses and cabs around. Cambridge is an awesome town though and tons of stuff are within walking distance. Zipcar and hubway bikes are also a great option!

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Fall and spring are amazing. Winter isn't great, but we get like all of January off for winter break so that helped a lot.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very diverse place where most people are open to hearing others' opinions, and actually interested in expanding their own views in an intellectual manner.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I've found the nightlife to be awesome here. Granted, i'm a girl, so it's much easier, but there's always something fun going on. Not all students at Harvard party, but the ones that do know how to have fun. The best part is that there are so many options. It's not like other schools where greek life dominates. Almost every student club/organization i'm part of regularly throws (really fun) parties. Lots of organizations hold date events, etc. And boston is like 10 minutes away for bar-hopping and clubbing.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Awesome libraries, outdoor spaces, etc. No student center, however

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There definitely is a drug scene, mostly among the city kids or international students. However, with such a great diversity of students nobody cares whether or not you partake. Alcohol is permitted in upperclassman dorms (only prohibited in freshman dorms), so it is readily available at most if not all parties.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Harvard community feels safe, welcoming, and trustworthy. I have rarely, if ever, felt threatened or unsafe, even as a girl walking around alone at night. There are a few hobos, but they are nice and harmless.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's college housing, what can you expect. As a freshmen its not the best but gets better as you get older!

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not much peer pressure or visible usage! Just people going home at all hours of the night!

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: You get the calm nature of the yard if you need it, or just the little bit busier Cambridge, or you can go into Boston. Three different atmospheres five minutes from each other.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I've never had a problem getting around. Its not a very large campus and there are still shuttles to opposite ends. It's very nice!

3 College Freshman

Weather: Summers are nice. Winters are brutal and it rains a lot.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I've never had any problems! If you respect the people around you and yourself neither will you!

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: HUPD really has control over the area and if something happens on campus or just in the area you'll know about it through the text alert system!

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most student choose to live on campus in the Housing system. And by most I mean basically all. I have yet to meet someone who lived off campus.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: My favorite part about the school is that the dining halls are open late for students to do homework. If you want to get out of your room to do work but don't want to sit in a library it's perfect! Great place to do homework, study, or just socialize.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: Super easy to switch between majors. I love it!

4 College Freshman

Majors: I have not been in an internship yet but there are plenty of opportunities and i have heard nothing but great things from other people who have taken internships.

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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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