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Parking: No. Don't bring a car. You don't need it.

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Parking: A car is a horrible, horrible idea, people will bum rides off of you and you will pay a lot for your car to get covered with snow and hit by people like me who can't parallel park.

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Parking: It's impossible to park. There are metered spots during the day that are usually full. They offer garages for exorbitant full-time rates. Also, they aren't close by. In other places, you need to be a resident of Cambridge to park.

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Parking: Parking is extremely hard to find, but annual-parking contracts can be purchased at a variety of lots, such as the Harvard Business School Parking garage. These contracts tend to be expensive, but in reality, students shouldn't need parking because a car is pretty useless in Cambridge or Boston. Almost everything you will need is within a 10- minute walking distance.

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Parking: I don't have a car, so I don't really know, but most people with cars complain that parking is tough to find.

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Parking: Two words for parking: very expensive.

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Athletics: I don't really know what the sports are like, but there are certainly lots and lots of opportunities to get into them. From what I've heard, the teams are really good.

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Athletics: There are a lot of recruited athletes, but sports are not enormously huge on campus, except for football-everyone goes to those games. Intramurals (IMs) are also tons of fun.

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Athletics: We offer dozens of sports and play over a thousand IM games per year. Freshmen play in their own league, and upperclassmen Houses compete against each other. Harvard has more varsity teams than any other school, and many teams are comprised of students other D-1 schools would call `amateurs,' so if you want to play a varsity sport, Harvard is much more open. Attendance at athletic events is, however, unfortunately light.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are not the central focus, but occasionally they get big. For example, people recently got into the football team because they've been doing really well the past couple of years. IM sports can range from really serious to totally unexciting, often depending on the level of involvement of your dorm. But for those who want to do it, there are definitely lots of ways to get involved in IMs.

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Athletics: Varsity is not too big at all, except within the team. IM sports are big among the people who do them. It's all relative, but you don't hear much about either unless you're really into them.

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Athletics: Above all else, Harvard is an academic institution, but taking that into consideration, our teams are pretty good. The football team went undefeated in 2004. The basketball, swimming, tennis, and hockey teams are also really good and usually get pretty good student support. Many students play IM sports-they are really competitive and fun!

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Athletics: There are lots of varsity sports and lots of IMs. Every upperclassmen house and every freshman dorm has sports representatives who coordinate the activities.

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Athletics: Both varsity and IM teams are excellent. I'm not athletic, but the women's track, field hockey, and water polo teams are national champion-caliber, with several wins over the last 10 years. I think that Harvard has produced a few Olympians in the past five years.

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Athletics: If you would rather just compete in a more friendly setting, Harvard IMs offer a variety of sports that are much more relaxed. Many people use them as a way to meet other people, but there are some fairly competitive teams.

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Athletics: Sports aren't huge, I won't lie. A lot of students are athletes, but not many people watch the games. However, we do have some decent teams. Hockey and squash are really good. Our football team has done really well, too-they've been undefeated at least once in the past few years. The biggest football game is Harvard-Yale in the fall; everybody goes to watch that.

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Athletics: Varsity sports can be big, depending on the sport and the team. Attendance is very poor, except for `the Game,' which is the annual football rivalry with Yale. Hockey is also mildly popular, and basketball draws some as well. We have tons of varsity teams, so if you do want to play competitively, chances are Harvard offers it.

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Athletics: We are definitely lacking in the team spirit department, however, we still get big crowds at some football and basketball games. Rowing is really popular, and our teams are always pretty good. IMs are very popular, which is another great side effect of the House system. Men's IMs get more participation and are more competitive than the women's, but both teams are really fun.

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Athletics: Lots of varsity sports; only decent fan support, however.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are very accessible. I walked on to a sport I had never played before (and I'm not the only one who did such a thing). If you want to play anything, you will find people to play with you at any level, I think.

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Athletics: Don't expect crazy tailgate parties or flashy high-light plays-after all, Ivy League students have trouble pretending to be big-time partiers and big-time players. In the winter, the nationally-ranked hockey teams hosts exciting, fan-packed games that draw a number of big-time opponents, as well as NHL scouts. Even though Harvard offers more varsity sports than any athletic program in the nation, most sports outside of football, hockey, and lacrosse draw few fans, even though most enjoy a high level of success in the Ivy League.

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Athletics: Varsity athletes aren't revered like some other schools, however, athletes do tend to be the more social students. Hockey and football games get decent turnouts. And sports like crew and squash are among the best in the nation. Harvard also offers a lot of intramural sports. They're well organized, and there's a large variety of them, such as crew, fencing, softball, Frisbee, football, volleyball, basketball, and running. People of all skill levels can participate, and many students do.


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