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4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: I think the policies in place are very fair and upheld in a fair manner as well.

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: the campus is really nice, it all depends on the amount you pay

3 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I am thrilled I was accepted to Harvard. Now the work begins and I am looking forward to that but concerned about financing one year of school.

2 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The process of applying for admission to Harvard University was easy.
What made the process easy was my resume/application which I have
been "building" since my undergraduate work and job experience.
Applying to a school has not been a single action, it has been years of
studying, receiving awards, job experience and so on.

2 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I have not arrived at Harvard University yet to begin my studies but having a specific program is necessary to my occupation as an educator.

2 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I have already had a student internship at the University of Wisconsin Madison which was successful. My job experience has included five years of teaching music and I am ready to study educational policy and earn a masters degree.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is not really need for transportation on campus, everything is within walking distance. For the longer distances, there are free shuttles available. Students do use the buses or the subway (the T) to get around Boston, which is really convenient.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: It's pretty good. But the line can get long since most people congregate at one or two places.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Administration: The police choose what they want to deal with rather than what they are required to deal with. When it comes to noise control, they don't care. When it comes to gunman on the loose, they are right there. The issue here is that they should care about both.

2 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather is pretty awful. Cold, wet, rainy, cloudy. It's only warm in the very beginning of the school year and at the very end. If you're from the Northeast, which a lot of students are, it will be pretty normal for you. If you're from California, I think you will be ok too, because a lot of students are also from California and seem to adjust pretty well. Harvard has these lights that you can put in your dorm room that mimic the sunlight, for those days when the sun sets at 4 PM.

3 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: I'm from NY so I feel like Cambridge/Boston is a small town with not much to do. However, there are museums in Boston, plus shopping on Newbury Street and in Cambridgeside Galleria. It's pretty safe although there have been muggings at night. Most students stick to campus and Cambridge and don't venture outside of it - everything you need is there.

2 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: It's pretty standard, there are places like Qdoba and Chipotle, although you have to take the subway to find a fast food option like Wendy's or McDonalds. I wish there was fast food because there aren't really any cheap options, although you can order wings from Wings over Summerville or get cheap Chinese food from the Kong, but that's about it. It's suburban so there are a lot of restaurants.

2 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Food is unlimited at Harvard because if you eat in a dorm, you automatically get 3 square meals a day (buffet style), plus snacks at night. Plus you can buy food at night at campus grilles run by students (although that can be expensive). The food isn't always great. Sometimes they do really well but mostly it's just average food. They have to make a lot of it so it's not going to be like home cooking, but it's fine, especially if you're not picky.

3 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I don't personally know of any drug use on campus, although there are some pretty regular weed users. But that in itself is still a small fraction of the students, and most who do it do it rarely. However, smoking weed in Massachusetts is decriminalized, so it's not that big a deal. As to harder drugs, I definitely don't know anything about that, but I'm sure it happens.

3 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Harvard probably has the best financial aid process of any school in the world.

13 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Harvard has a top notch health program and all students are covered

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: They are very expensive, usually it's not safe to there because the security is poor. Convenience can be rated as average. The schools do not provide for student discounts.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Technology: Many computers are beyond what you would expect because they are equipped with programs such as Photoshop. They are all very swift and efficient, and can be found throughout campus.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Parking: You are not expected to have a car on campus because everything is within walking distance (although it may often take a 20 min walk). There are regular shuttles for those farther away, which can sometimes be a hassle, but it serves its function fine.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Technology: The computer labs at Harvard are usually crowded at crunch times, like midterms and finals, but besides that, you can always find a spot. Most people do have their own computers, and with WiFi, it is definitely nice to have your own. If you don't own one, I don't think it would be a huge problem

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Harvard's campus life is like no other. The student union (the HUB) was newly renovated a few years ago and is very modern. There are fast food joints, places to study, convention rooms, an art gallery, and a record-breaking fish tank-it's a very popular hangout. There are tons of organizations to join, and there are always fun activities and events going on across campus.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Varsity sports at Harvard University are pretty huge, especially the way campus treats us. We have wonderful training and workout facilities, including our own trainers, psychologists, and academic advisers. IM sports are pretty huge, too, because anyone can play. We have some pretty diverse ones, too, though I'm not really sure how popular inner tube water polo is.

7 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on Harvard's campus. It is a small, beautiful, safe place to be. Keep your doors locked to avoid petty theft or late-night pranks. And be warned that Campus Security isn't too happy `bout drinking games, so keep your Beirut games under control.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Harvard University is not really big, although it depends on who you hang out with. If people are doing drugs, they're usually just smoking. Drinking is a much more popular activity.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: Unparalleled. Incredibly talented professors and students. Very rigorous, but definitely doable if you manage your time appropriately.

1 person 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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