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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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Facilities: They're second to none; it's Harvard.

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Facilities: Libraries are incredible. Computers are very good. Athletic facilities are average but improving. There's talk of building a student center, but it hasn't happened yet. Most social life revolves around the dorms or upperclassmen Houses. The freshman halls and upperclassmen Houses are great. Upperclassmen Houses often have every resource you could ever need, just within the House.

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Facilities: The facilities are nice, new, and there's a rumor that there are plans on the drawing boards for a new student center. The center would have pool tables and the like, however social life on campus really focuses around our House system-something to definitely read up on, and something which makes Harvard so unique. They really are very successful at fostering a sense of community amongst the students at Harvard; it definitely made my first year really amazing.

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Facilities: No student center. Housing tries to make up for it, but doesn't always. We need one. Athletic facilities are good and convenient.

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Facilities: There are decent facilities for non-athletes and excellent facilities for athletes. We don't really have a student center. Loker Commons, which is below the freshmen dining hall was intended to be a student center, but not many people hang out there. Student organization offices are scattered across campus.

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Facilities: One of the big things we are missing is a student center. The other facilities are great though.

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Facilities: The facilities are nice. There can always be more-more space for non-varsity athletes to work out, more dance studio space, etc.

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Facilities: The athletic facility was recently renovated, which doubled space, alleviating most of the usual crowding. In general, the facilities are old, but the technology is updated and features some nice architecture (if you ignore the few buildings built in the `70s).

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Facilities: Facilities are generally state-of-the-art. Harvard has the nation's largest endowment, and most of the time it shows. Nearly all classrooms are equipped with amazing technology, some of which seems like it's never used, but was added just so they could write about it in their admission guide. The athletic facilities were a bit pathetic, but Harvard rennovated the MAC (Malkin Athletic Center), adding more space and equiptment.

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Facilities: Harvard has no real student center. The Loker Commons, an area that offers pool tables, computers, study areas, and some mediocre restaurants, is Harvard's most novel attempt at a student center. Undergraduates have placed a great deal of pressure on the University to build a student center, but Harvard has yet to find an area to build one.

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Campus Dining: The food is great. Annenberg Hall is the most beautiful dining hall because it used to be a church. There are many other fast-food spots, too.

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Campus Dining: It's not bad, although there is only one meal plan option (a full 21-meal plan). Freshmen all eat together in Annenberg, which is a really impressive and huge dining hall. Each of the 12 upperclassman houses has its own dining hall; they are generally very good as far as cafeteria-style places go. With the board plan, you also get credit to eat a certain amount at a number of on-campus restaurants.

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Campus Dining: I'd say it's better than average dorm food. I've had some pretty terrible cafeteria food in my life, and Harvard food is definitely better than that. It still comes down to being dorm food, though, so some of it is less than fantastic. But there are also days when it's actually pretty good.

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Campus Dining: I won't lie-freshman dining is awful. Annenberg is rightly called `Annenbarf.' But once you're assigned a house at the end of first year, the food is much better, with all kinds of variety for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike.

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Campus Dining: On campus, you're fairly limited, since you'll eat most meals in a dining hall. There is a restaurant in the Science Center called the Greenhouse, a pizza restaurant, Chick-fil-A, and a snack shop. There is also a place called Loker Commons, right underneath the freshman dining hall, which also has a few small restaurants. Within walking distance of the Yard, there are literally hundreds of restaurants and caf├ęs that cover just about every possible type of food.

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Campus Dining: All freshman-and only freshman, except at breakfast-eat in Annenberg Hall; it's a huge, beautiful building that looks much more like a church than a dining hall. Granted, the building is more impressive than the food, but the food is not bad at all. Plus, once you become a sophomore and you're living in your upperclassmen House, the food is much better, because they are only cooking for about 200 people or so.

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Campus Dining: First year food is tolerable. Upperclassmen Houses are a little better. You are stuck with the meal plan all four years, so you just have to accept it. The best dining hall is Adams House Dining Hall. However, they're a bit pretentious there and only let non-Adams residents eat there at certain hours.

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Campus Dining: The food's not too bad. The freshman dining hall is like a cathedral. Houses have their own dining halls, so they're close. But they all serve the same food, so if you don't like that night's menu, too bad. You have to buy the unlimited meal plan, and they only give you $50 a semester for the on-campus restaurants.

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Campus Dining: Everybody has a meal plan, so you'll probably take most meals in the dining halls, which are not bad at all as far as cafeteria food goes; the staff is amazing.

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Campus Dining: The food is really good, even if students here complain all the time. There is a lot of variety in the dining hall, and they are always improving.

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Campus Dining: The dining halls on campus are in the houses and all are run by dining services and have the same menus, although some have nicer staff. All freshmen eat in one dining hall, and then after sophomore year, you are assigned to a house.

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Campus Dining: Food is fine-definitely better than most colleges. It's nothing spectacular, but there is a good salad bar and plenty of healthy options. I've heard that at other schools, the meal plan consists of fast-food choices. If you live on campus, you have to sign up for the meal plan.

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Campus Dining: Dining hall food is great! Of course, it is cafeteria food, but it really is surprisingly good, and HUDS really does try to make it as easy as possible for the students to get meals they like. The mandatory 21-meal-a-week meal plan ends up being a really good thing, because it gets everyone into the dining hall and helps create community. Food outside of the dining hall is really good, too-particularly at Border Cafe and the Hi-Rise Bakery. Still, I find it hard to justify spending money out when the dining hall food is pretty good and already paid for.

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Campus Dining: The food is fine. There is always plenty of variety each meal, with a full salad bar, cereal bar, cold cut bar at lunch, soups, pastas every meal. The dining services are also very accommodating of personal needs and preferences. The only bad thing is that they don't serve cookies at dinnertime (their cookies are amazing). The dining halls are nice; the upperclassman Houses' are very cozy.

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Campus Dining: The Greenhouse has yummy Chick-fil-A sandwiches and pizza, and it's super-convenient especially for those pre-meds who live in the Science Center. But I wish the dining halls were a bit more creative with their menu selection.

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