Harvard University Summary

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Basic Statistics

Location
Cambridge, MA
Website
www.harvard.edu
Full-Time Undergrads
6,652
Part-Time Undergrads
5
Setting
Mid-sized city
In-State Tuition
$42,292
Out-of-State Tuition
$42,292
Room & Board
$13,630
Acceptance Rate
6 %
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
Average SAT Scores
2120–2390
Average ACT Scores
32–35

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Access to the best professors and minds of our time
  • The student motivation and ambition on campus is contagious.
  • The opportunity to pursue literally any interest you might have
  • Alumni are eager to help undergraduates find jobs and internships.

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • People often focus too much on future careers and making money, and sometimes lose track of enjoying the present.
  • Professors are brilliant, but tracking them down for a one-on-one conversation requires a degree of patience.
  • Classes are difficult, and it is impossible to do all of the work for a given class, so you must choose wisely when deciding how to structure work time.
  • During exam period, people lose track of time, miss meals, and forget whether they went to sleep at 3 a.m. or 3 p.m. In general, it's a 10-day twilight zone.

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Harvard Student Reviews

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Harvard guys are a bit of a conundrum. Relationships aren't really a thing here.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I would say Harvard isn't too strict about alcohol use. Freshmen aren't allowed to have alcohol in their dorms, but it's give or take whether or not parties that happen get busted/the host(s) get into trouble. In the Houses, parties are free to occur so long as they don't create extreme amounts of noise, and varies depending on the proctor living in the dorm. Harvard hates when its students protest though.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: HUDS is far from quality dining. Food from the freshmen dining hall, Annenburg, is especially lacking, most likely due to its mass-production in relation to the smaller house dining halls. They do try and vary the options, as well as change them up from season to season, but the food is generally bland and either under or overcooked. There also isn't a great variety of vegetarian/vegan options, especially if one can't eat soy.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: 4 stars, since there are some major problems with facilities. However, Harvard seems to be working on fixing them (renewing the Houses, creating a student center.) Otherwise, Harvard has a nice aesthetic, and good classrooms/labs/libraries.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Cambridge is a wonderful place to go to school in. There are tons of options for food and shopping, as well as different events year-round like the Head of the Charles. Plus, Boston is a short T ride away for when you want to venture out of the "bubble."

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