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3 College Junior

Party Scene: It doesn't matter what you want to do, there's somewhere to do it. Covers at actual clubs are around $20, but a lot of organizations periodically rent our clubs for their events, which makes it less expensive.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Harvard just throws money at things, so all of our facilities are pretty great.

8 people found this useful Report
1 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is purely for a dedicated social organization here. They all have their own houses that maybe 6-8 people will live in every semester, but the houses are mainly for hanging out in and partying in. People don't care if you are in the Greek system or not. A lot of people kind of see it as a social system they would never want to be a part of either due to "bro-ness," the idea of essentially paying to hang out with people, or because the Greek system often supports societal systems that they find personally perturbing. Some people also really like the idea of sororities and fraternities. But even with all of that no one cares what you do after you've joined. Everyone I know that's in one is happy with it, and in the end that's all anyone else cares about.

7 people found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Weather: Beginning of the School Year: Too Hot
Fall: Long fall season and it's gorgeous
Winter: Annoying because it's slushy, but the wet snow makes for better snowballs.
Spring: Gorgeous

In general it rains too much. It should never rain in December!

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Technology: You need a computer, They are everywhere but it would suck not to have one. That said, the campus store sells them at a good discount and you can buy during the MA "no tax day" to make it even more reasonable. And any outside scholarships you have they will let you use to get a computer.

4 people found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Athletics: Sports here don't matter except for one game a year - The Game. It's the weekend we play against Yale, and literally the entire school goes. When it's at Yale the school provides buses and then entire student body (not to mention several generations of alumni) goes to New Haven for the weekend to tailgate and trash talk. When The Game is at Harvard same thing, but all the Yale students come to our campus.

11 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Harvard is a very "clique"-y school. If you're on the inside of things, you can have a great social life. Final clubs generally list parties so you need to know someone to get into them. Dorm parties can be very crowded and only happen on the weekend. However, if you have a wide-spread friend group, you can go out/find something to do most nights.

34 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are labs all over the place and tech support located right by where most classes are. Most people have laptops. The entire campus is wifi and it is pretty reliable. Sometimes it takes a second to connect.

14 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Parking: Cambridge is in a city so parking is difficult. Rates tend to be around $150-$200 a month I think, but not many people have cars. I was talking to someone with a car who said she pays $75 a month but I am not positive this is true. Overnight parking is really easy for people visiting on weekends. Harvard charges around $5-10 for the day and after 11pm its free.

8 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It really depends what crowd you find yourself in. The final club/more social crowd is definitely rated as an "A" but the typical Harvard student is about average.

12 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Most people are average at best. Few people are attractive, plenty are outright unattractive. Lots of people believe the only viable way to determine attractiveness on this campus is something called the binary scale where a person is either a 0 (no) or 1 (yes).

49 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Party Scene: No one knows how to drink. People think dorm parties are fun when they're actually just sweaty and awkward.

37 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Administration: Better not get caught with drugs! But drinking strictness is relaxed.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Transportation: The transportation is free and runs all through the day, just wish there were more stops!

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Campus Food: There are plenty of places to eat, but the menu is almost the same at every hall. There is little variety, though the quality is usually good.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: It has been rated the top academic university in the world since ARWU started ranking them. Academics are the best thing about Harvard. People envy the class registration / shopping period process. Classes are rigorous.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm an econ concentrator and there are complaints about that department since it's so big and students get lost in it. But internships and post-college jobs are very gettable. Academic advising at Harvard is great.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Local Area: If the shops and restaurants and events in Cambridge aren't enough for you, Boston has everything else. Local attitude is not a problem; it's college students everywhere.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are free Harvard Shuttles that take you all around campus. There is a neat app that lets you track shuttles times and locations. Also, the Harvard Square T-Station (subway) is in a very central location and can (for a small a reasonable fee) take you anywhere in/around the Boston area. All forms of transportation are rather safe.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Almost no students choose to live in off-campus housing, and if you do, it's not really off-campus housing. They're special co-ops meant for students who would prefer to cook their own food (the property is still owned by Harvard). Almost everyone is a part of house life--the houses are the backbone to student life and it's much easier to live in those communities where dining and advising is automatically provided. Living off-campus is pretty inconvenient in Cambridge.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Academic advising is pretty strong after your first year. The social scene is...interesting: your normal college parties can be found at Final Clubs, at fraternities, or as student organization events. Campus life is really comfortable, and having Cambridge/Boston is a huge plus. School offers the best professors and connections anyone could ask for in America.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Technology: Computer labs are crowded during midterms and finals, but just about everyone has a personal computer. Having your own printer is not necessary, but many students just like the convenience of having one. WiFi is everywhere: the Harvard network is incredibly reliable and fast. Printing on campus relies on your school cash account.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Athletic facilities are just okay, but libraries are expectedly abundant. Each house has its own library, in addition to all the campus libraries (Widener being the largest university library in the country is nothing to complain about). There are plenty of campus events and traditions, and student organizations put together a variety of activities every week. There aren't a lot of green spaces, but having Cambridge and Boston makes up for it.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Great spaces all over Harvard. From the yard to the Science Center to the libraries, there are many places to hang out or study!

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing at Harvard has been amazing in my experience. Great rooms with much more space than your average college dorm.

3 people found this useful Report
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