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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.

19 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.

15 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Administration: 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.

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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

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

5 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 Food: 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.

5 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.

59 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
3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants have options for every wallet, and late night options keep expanding.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Anyone that legitimately complains about housing has a problem. The worst of our housing is still in the top 0.5% of all college housing.

14 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Local Area: The Harvard community is great, that's why it can be hard to leave the "Harvard Bubble" sometimes. But when you do want to it's literally 4 blocks in any direction or a 10 min subway ride away.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Diversity: Harvard has the resources to makes sure it creates as diverse an environment as possible, and the campus actively works to celebrate, discuss, and accommodate people of all different.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: Harvard's academics are the best. Shopping Period is great.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: I'm a Joint Major
The East Asian Studies department is perhaps the top in the country. They have the largest collection of literature on East Asia outside of the Asian continent. They have anything ranging from obscure Chinese films from the 1920's to original scrolls from the Ming Dynasty, to modern Japanese anime. Workload can be heavy but manageable, and it's always with really knowledgeable and passionate professors. The Mandarin language classes are really far away.

The Social Anthropology department is also pretty good. A few classes can be a little aggravatingly unstructured or ambiguous in nature, but without fail the professor will be interesting and fantastic. Also all of the teachers have written some of the most popular ethnographic texts of our time.

6 people found this useful Report
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
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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.

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