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

Campus Strictness: Harvard trusts us. There are some rules about alcohol in freshman dorms (as long as you aren't loud you're fine), and there is absolutely no supervision in the Houses once you're an upperclassmen.

8 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's Harvard, and it lives up to its name (and beyond).

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Facilities: Harvard has a huge endowment, and with such, the ability to fund anything and everything you can imagine. A generous donor from the 40s and his wife just donated "a generous amount" (read: a huge amount) to build our new student center. Sadly, it won't open until 2018 (after we've all left), but it'll be an amazing space.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Facilities: The athletic centers are new and great. Harvard has an AMAZING library system -- you can get lost in the stacks. They also have every book and movie you can imagine. If they don't have it, they'll get it for you.

8 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Harvard Square is amazing for places to eat. There are restaurants for every taste and budget, and there is always a late-night favorite open (Tasty Burger is open til 4 am every night!).

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Most of the on-campus parties are in dorm rooms or Final Clubs. The Final Clubs are pretty exclusive, and if you're a guy, you can't get in without knowing a member.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is definitely alcohol and, to a lesser extent, drugs available, but it's definitely possible to avoid it if that isn't your scene.

3 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Parking: I've never parked on campus. There are lots of garages nearby with plenty of spots (even on move-in day), but it can be pretty expensive.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Being in a city, there are definitely risks nearby once you leave campus (and even on campus occasionally). The Harvard Police (HUPD) are super helpful and friendly, so if you're having a problem, you cal call them and they'll be there really quickly.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Transportation: Being right in Harvard Square, you can get anywhere quickly and inexpensively. There is a T stop less than a two minute walk from my dorm room, and from there I can easily get to South Station (for buses and trains) and Logan Airport for $2/ride with my Charlie Card.

4 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Academics: I am a freshman right now, so I haven't declared a concentration yet. I'm between Math and Social Studies (an honors concentration), and I can't decide because both departments are honestly so great!

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Academics: I love all of my professors and classes, and my workload is DEFINITELY manageable -- if you were near the top of your class in high school (which most people here were) then you will, for the most part, have enough time to do your work. There is definitely more work here than in high school (and I went to a pretty competitive high school), but you're in class for so many fewer hours that it's not so bad. It's all about time management. One problem with classes here is that many big classes are taught by TF's (our version of TA's), so it can be hard to get face time with the professor. Once you get to upper level classes, however, class size shrinks dramatically.

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Transportation: The shuttles go to different locations on campus, and they are free. The T is pretty chap to get to other locations and is right outside the square. Taxi fares are really cheap if you split it.

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Harvard makes sure that any student who wants to attend will not have financial aid as an excuse. Everything was covered for me, and they even supported me through a winter coat fund and SEF events.

12 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The administration is good about enforcing rules that better the community in some shape or form. Drinking isn't allowed in freshman dorms, but they are relatively chill about it in upperclassman dorms. It is very easy to get ahold of alcohol, but the administration makes sure that students know how to do it safely should they choose to or where to go/what to do when things go wrong.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: What makes Harvard unique is the diversity-in every sense of the word- of the people. They are brilliant or hard working and have interesting experiences. Also, so many people at the top of their field come to Harvard to speak, so nearly every day there's an opportunity to hear what they may have to say.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is always something to do on the weekends. In general, students mostly attend house parties or club- sponsored parties.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few restaurants in the square, but it's easy to go into Boston where there are many more.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: HUPD is available to escort you at night and there are assistance machines dispersed throughout the campus.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food in the freshman dining hall is average. Some upperclassman dining halls are a bit better. There aren't too many options, but it's enough.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Scholarships: They selected the best in the country, and they want them to attend. Harvard makes sure that you can afford to go if they accept you. If you choose not to attend, it's not because of financial reasons.

25 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Transportation: You can get anywhere you need to go pretty easily.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus is very safe if you don't run by the river after 10pm with earbuds in.

8 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drugs not so much. Pot a little bit. Alcohol is there for anyone and everyone that wants it.

8 people found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There's something for everyone, just don't miss hanging out with all the different cool people.

7 people found this useful Report
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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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