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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Right off campus are taxis, buses, and the T (subway) that can take you anywhere in the city.

3 College Freshman

Administration: It's strict as a freshman, but as soon as you move out of the yard things become much more lenient. The campus alcohol policy is fair and the security guards and police are great. It's really just freshman dorms that are really strict.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: One of the worst things about the school. Especially as a freshman, options are very limited and seldom of even decent quality. You can go to the upperclassman houses but that takes time and isn't always a viable option. Otherwise you're stuck eating in the square which is expensive and eventually boring.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Local Area: Cambridge is great but small, and Boston is also great but it takes some effort to get into. Going 'out' in Cambridge or Boston is all but impossible if you're not 21.

1 person found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The dorms at Cronkhite are great. They have a really nice dining hall where everyone loves hanging out in, with a great variety of buffet, too. It's close to the School of Education Gutman Library and surrounded by shops, restaurants, book stores.

4 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: 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.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I feel the housing needs to have lower costs for what they are. Proximity is great, but the quality of the housing does not justify the costs. Lots of options so it's hard to not find one.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Having spent my undergraduate life in Montreal, Cambridge came off as a compact and less crowded version of Montreal nightlife. There's always something to do and there's always someone hosting some get together in the vicinity. You have to work hard to make sure you get enough time to explore the small town of Cambridge. Harvard's no joke.

Great bars, nice coffee shops, don't go to clubs, lots of house parties.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Easy to get around. People are friendly and you can ask for directions.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is an amazing amount of diversity at Harvard. This is most likely due to the fact that this is a very well-known university but I have met people from all around the world (my roommates and closest friends are from all corners of the earth such as India, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tanzania, and much more). Of course the number of international and different ethnicity students don't outnumber the "white american" population. Most of the students, regardless of religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political beliefs are open minded about other cultures and also love the amount of diversity that Harvard provides. Harvard also has amazing financial aid support so there are students from so many different economic situations that no one would ever feel isolated due to their economic background.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are amazing options for on-campus housing at Harvard. Your freshman year you are assigned to one of the 17 dormitories that lie right in the middle of campus, which are super close to most of the classes you will be attending. The freshman dorms all vary in age, style, spaciousness, but the freshman dorms are one of the most spacious and convenient housing buildings on campus. Then after freshman year, you get randomly (which some people dislike) placed into one of the 12 upperclassmen houses (similar to how the sorting hat in Harry Potter works) with your chosen group of friends, and you stay within your house for the next 3 years unless you petition to change houses. Then after your sophomore you partake in the house lottery which allows you to choose what room you want in the house, so this means if you are lucky you can snag an amazing room or suite of rooms or if you are unlucky you might have a smaller space. Everyone is charged on their term bill the same set amount for room and board but financial aid is amazing if you are worrying about that. Houses vary in style, age, spaciousness, and distance from the main campus, but even the furthest house is only a 15 minute walk to the center of campus and there are shuttles. The basic rule is that the closer houses are much older in style (wood everything) but smaller in space (there is a possibility of living in a double even through your senior), while the further houses are a bit more modern but have the most space (most of the houses that guarantee singles all 3 years are the furthest houses). Honestly, the pros and cons cancel each other out so it barely matters what house you get into. What determines how much you love your house life all matters on what you make of it and if you are living with people you enjoy living with.

17 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There are great resources that Harvard University provides to its students, such as mandatory drug and alcohol discussions and information seminars that all Freshman attend, which are really informative, and many programs for those who are facing drug abuse, emotional instability, and depression. Harvard also makes sure that the students know about the Amnesty Policy that states that if a student, regardless if under the drinking age, becomes so intoxicated that the student needs medical care, said student will not face consequences for underage drinking.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Anything You Want – It's really tough to beat the dining possibilities in Harvard Square. My favorite Indian Restaurant, late-night pizza place and Thai restaurant are all within 150 yards or so of my dorm, and there must be 100-150 restaurants within easy walking distance, many open late into the night. Unless your favorite food is McDonald's or Burger King (neither is easily available for whatever reason) you'll never go hungry at Harvard.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Majors: Harvard is at the forefront of the field of economics in every way. 7 of the top 24 most cited economists in the world are on the staff, and if you want to you can attend lectures by and even speak to any one of them. As a freshman I had a small seminar with a former chair of the council of Economic Advisors to President Bush (the 21st ranked economist in the world by citations), and Harvard advanced intermediate courses (1011a and 1011b) are among the most difficult and advanced in the country for Sophomores. Harvard is candyland for aspiring economists.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Close and Accommodating but Small and Expensive – The apartments are all around the campus so commuting to campus isn't a problem. The real expenses come in the cost of rent, which I am guessing because of Boston's high cost of living, not to mention how much everything is compacted there. Despite these setbacks, the apartments are usually furnished and accommodate every need.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Amazing Housing – beautiful places, a family environment, very spacious. very accommodating.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Amazing Opportunities – It is honestly the most priceless experience of my life. Because of Harvard I have opportunities I could have never had.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Are Just Part of the Picture – Athletes are included in everything on campus and are really just some of the talented people among the students here. They are not seen as super stars, but often they appreciate feeling mainstream.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It was a smooth, easy process with incredible results.

8 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Best Offer You Can Find – Best need-based, number one choice for low income students

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Technology: Plenty of Computers, all running the most recent operating system.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Parking: We Dont Own Cars on Campus – We use free shuttle. Boston also have an excellent public transportation system. Rarely students have their own vehicle. Parking is available in many places in Harvard Square but expensive.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Harvard has some pretty old buildings on campus, but they've all been updated to be as comfortable as one could hope for and outfitted with the latest technology to meet the demands of today's classrooms. The campus has also been added to continuously over the years with modern additions where necessary without sacrificing it's timeless character.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Local Area: There's a Lot to Do in Cambridge... Oh, and There's Boston. Cambridge is always having some festival or another, and it's easy to live in a bubble and only visit Cambridge stores, they're quite expansive. Then of course there's Boston, which is fantastic. I can think of few better places to go to college based solely on the local atmosphere.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Senior

Greek Life: Barely Exists – There are 3 sororities and 3 fraternities on campus. None of them have residential houses and one fraternity is the only Greek organization with property in the square. Many of the frats and sororities rent spaces in the square for meetings that barely hold all of the members. They are a good outlet for making new friends and for parties and mixers, however final clubs dominate the social scene more than frats/sororities.

8 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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