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Cambridge, MA
Undergrads
6,652
Tuition
$42,292
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Wicked diverse. Everyone has a different background. Obviously you're gonna get the waspy New Englanders and SoCal kids, but that's part of the diversity.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Boston is the best city on earth. That's pretty much a fact. Perfect size — big enough to have beyond everything you could ask for and be tons of fun. I've lived near Boston my whole life, and I still haven't come close to sating myself in Boston. Cambridge, being close to Boston, is also bustling (though less so — it's borderline suburban in places), but definitely still manageable. The perfect college town.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The only thing not in Cambridge/Harvard Square is your typical fast food place (e.g. McD's, Wendy's, BK), but that's not even an issue. Literally any restaurant, especially Dunks, is well within walking distance. The late-night weekend options are pretty solid.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Transportation: Harvard shuttles go everywhere you want, they're wicked nice, and they're frequent enough to be practical. The T has a stop legit 20 seconds from the Yard, so that's a solid backup; the subway goes literally everywhere for $2 (and can get you from the airport to Harvard for free). Several taxi stands in the Square, but I'm more about Uber. ZipCar has some deal with Harvard where students get a bargain price.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Weather: I mean, it's New England. It snows in the winter (it's not as cold as everyone says), the fall and spring are super nice, and the summer is hot (but you're not there anyway, so whatever). Get some boots and some jackets for the winter and some shorts for the spring, and you're totally good.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Scholarships: World's largest endowment. You'll get the money you need. Simple.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Athletics: Somehow, Harvard's sports are kinda sick. Crew is perennial national champs, basketball is killin it, squash is ridiculous, football is Ivy League champs — not bad at all. Lots of fun to attend the big events (e.g. Harvard-Yale football game, squash nationals, Head of the Charles, etc.). Facilities are wicked nice and under constant renovation to make them nicer.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Wicked spacious, super fancy — easily the best dorms I've seen at any college. My freshman dorm has hardwood flooring, a marble-floored foyer, exposed brick and wood-panelled walls, and legit so much room. Kinda ridiculous how much space even the frosh dorms have, and then it only gets better as you become an upperclassman.

1 person found this useful Report
2 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather is not that good, and so there is less

4 people found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Parking: Don't have a car, so I don't really know.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Computers: Wish there were more iMacs in computer labs.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I'm not much of a partier, but if that's what you're into, then Harvard definitely has options. Most of the parties are on campus at the upperclassmen houses or buildings affiliated with Harvard clubs, so they're close. Cambridge is pretty safe so you'd be fine just walking to wherever the party is, which is nice.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Weather: I love the cold and the snow, so living in Cambridge is great for that. If you want to live by the beach, Harvard might not be the best place for you, but I love it.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Diversity: Harvard is super diverse. Just my group of close friends comes from all over the US and several different foreign countries. Everyone is pretty accepting of each other, and willing to learn from other people's viewpoints instead of putting them down when they disagree.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Athletics: We're division 1, but varsity sports don't rule the school, which I think is a good thing. I don't know much about the club sports but I think the intramurals get big after freshman year. There are several gyms available for anyone to use (I use the law school gym for example) and they're really nice, with great hours.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Computers: Pretty much everyone has their own laptop, but I don't think it would be too awful if you didn't have your own. There's wifi all over campus and it's really reliable. It's kind of annoying to have to pay for printing, but you'd probably have to do that regardless of which school you went to.

5 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Greek Life: There's very little Greek life on campus. Those involved in a sorority or fraternity don't live together, so I don't really see what the point of it is.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: It is Harvard. Being world-renowned is no joke.

16 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: There is an unlimited availability of all areas of academics. The world is open to you for whatever.

8 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The campus housing is unique and amazing with an experience like no other.

9 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: We are in a town next to Boston called Cambridge so we dont have crazy city life like New York but the city is right next to use. Boston and Cambridge are literally the best places to be as a student because there is always something to do if you drag your butt off the couch and find something to do!

7 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Weather: Typical east coast weather. So west coast kids be warned...there are actual seasons. But in all honesty, people live here all their lives. If you put on a coat and gloves in the winter, you will be totally fine. No complaining.

7 people found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Parking: No one has cars because it is expensive to have one. And there isnt a need. We are on the outskirts of Boston and so you have subways and buses that will take you wherever you need to go for cheap.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We arent a big athletic school like USC but we do have great varsity facilities that are world renowned. I mean just google Harvard Stadium and gape in awe.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: You will meet fascinating people from all over the world. You will learn so much from them in addition to great classes.

9 people found this useful Report
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Dominic Hood
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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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