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Cambridge, MA
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$42,292
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Very Hard
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Health & Safety: The campus is pretty safe. The Old Yard is enclosed and guarded by police. The upperclassmen houses are individually enclosed as well. HUPD has their act together. Harvard is near a big city, so of course there still are some safety concerns.

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Health & Safety: Security on campus is pretty good. Cops or some kind of officers are around if you need help. Also, there is an on-campus telephone system, where if you are lost on the campus or need help, you just dial up and they send someone out to meet you. I think that's pretty cool; it's in effect for 24 hours, too.

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Health & Safety: Not bad. I had a problem once with a theft, and the police took care of it and retrieved my belongings. They also don't harass you unless you look suspicious.

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Health & Safety: The campus, itself, is fairly safe, but I don't suggest wandering too far off when it's dark. A few muggings do happen, but nothing more serious.

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Health & Safety: The police are responsive and thorough. Though incidents are not unheard of, neither I, nor any of my female friends, ever felt unsafe. Freshman year security is wonderful. Harvard Yard is absolutely beautiful beyond words, and utterly safe.

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Health & Safety: Cambridge is pretty safe, but it's still a city. This shouldn't be a huge concern.

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Health & Safety: I have never felt in danger, however safety is an issue to think about when walking around campus at night.

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Health & Safety: Incidents happen, and the lack of good lighting on campus pathways and the scarcity of patrolling HUPD officers make it less safe than it could be.

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Health & Safety: The campus is a very safe place. There are campus police usually roaming around both day and night. There are shuttles that provide transportation from far ends of the campus, and one can call a shuttle, a police escort, or a student escort if ever he or she doesn't feel safe walking somewhere. However, despite all these services, I have yet to know anyone who has had the need to use one.

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Health & Safety: I feel a nice balance of safety and being in the middle of a bustling area. The police are very friendly and nice. They are all over the place-in a non-intrusive way.

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Health & Safety: I won't try and tell you that at Harvard no one gets robbed or mugged and crime doesn't happen; students should always be mindful that Harvard is located in an urban area. So, if you are like my roommate and had one too many drinks and hopped a ride with someone you didn't know, then you would probably end up getting mugged just like him. However, Harvard does a stellar job of protecting its students. Blue-light emergency phones litter the campus, allowing students to make a direct call to emergency response at any time of the day or night.

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Computers: Most students have their own computers. There are enough clusters not to need one, but it just gets tight during exam periods and thesis due dates.

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Computers: Definitely bring your own computer; the labs aren't generally crowded at all, and they've got a great network, but they're way over in the Science Center and can be a pain to get to in the middle of the night. I've never had too much trouble, but I've been really grateful for my computer.

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Computers: You don't need your own computer, but it's very convenient. I never went in the computer lab because I never needed to.

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Computers: I'd suggest that you bring your own computer if you have one. All dorm rooms are wired with 24/7, free, high-speed Internet connections. There are also labs in all houses, most freshman dorms, and several in the science center. Except for the peak hours-right around lunch-they generally aren't too crowded, but I think most people find it easier to write papers in their own rooms rather than in a lab.

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Computers: The computer labs are very good, but computer science majors will get annoyed using the campus computers for too long. It's also just inconvenient to go to the science center to type papers. Get a laptop, if you can swing it.

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Computers: The network is fine. There are occasional problems with connections, but it works well for regular everyday purposes like e-mail, the Web, and AIM, of course. Computer labs are definitely available with both Macs and PCs, but the vast majority of people bring their own computers just because it's a lot more convenient that way. I would definitely recommend bringing your own computer, and I've found a laptop to be the most convenient. If you'd rather not bring your own computer, though, the labs are definitely workable.

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Computers: I would definitely bring your own computer. Computer labs are abundant, but there is nothing like checking your own e-mail in your own room. Plus, many classes have their lectures and other course materials online, and having your own computer makes things much more convenient. Harvard also hands out tons of work, so the more access you have to a computer at all hours of the night, the better.

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Computers: Bring your own computer if you can, and can get a dorm with Internet connections via the network. The labs are always crowded, yes, but it is not impossible to find a computer.

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Computers: I know little about computers, but I find that all of my needs are satisfied by the network. The UAs are really helpful year-round in assisting computer incompetents, like myself. Life here is easier with a computer, but the lab is not usually terribly crowded if you need to use it.

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Computers: Every college kid needs his own computer. E-mail and word processing are extremely important. Computer labs are fine, but can be a hassle. Usually they aren't too crowded. The network is a bit slow because of the firewall, but the roaming Internet connection is outstanding.

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Computers: Bring a computer-it makes life easier. They have facilities, but nothing beats your own room.

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Computers: Students have access to their own super-fast Ethernet connection in their room. Additionally, e-mail flies back and forth throughout the University to the point that I think it is inconvenient to have to go to the computer lab so many times a day just to check email. Unfortunately, labs are almost always packed, and are a good 5- to 10- minute walk from any non-freshman dorms. So if it's late at night, snowing outside, and you need to write a paper, having your own computer would certainly beat out a nasty trek over to the Science Center.

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Facilities: They're really, really nice. We're the richest school in the country or something like that, right?

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Facilities: I don't know what to compare them against, but I think they are nice. They combine state-of-the-art stuff inside, but the exteriors maintain Harvard's elegant style.

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