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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I liked having them available

11 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Administration: We have order and discipline

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's great places to go and eat that are open at virtually all hours of the day.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Local Area: Cambridge is an awesome place to live as a college student. While the prices of things really close to campus aren't really designed for a college budget, you can easily jump on the T, take a bus, or walk (if you're really feeling up to it) to nearby supermarkets.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Administration: Every rule and regulation is in place not to punish students if they get caught, but to make sure they're safe despite their decisions.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Harvard is an extremely safe place. HUPD officers can be found virtually anywhere on campus at any time of day and can be reached at all hours with a simple phone call.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living in the yard is truly a unique experience. The housing is pretty great no matter where you are as a freshman, and only gets better as you become an upperclassman due to the recent renovations.

3 people found this useful Report
College Senior

Administration: I don't have enough knowledge about it to accurately rate it.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Scholarships: I received a partial loan.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: This is not a place for dieting. The food is excellent!

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: A single, tiny room with shared bath could cost $800-$900+. One woman was offering a tiny section of attic which could only be accessed through a bathroom- no fan or air conditioner, for $750!!! Many of the landlords my friends and I have dealt with are charlatans. They see students as cash cows and take advantage of them. I've heard many horror stories. There should be a law against what those so-called landlords do, especially considering they don't report the additional income to the IRS.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Senior

Campus Housing: Depending on which building one lives in, it can be extremely loud from dorm neighbors and traffic and other noise from the streets. My dorm, Adams House, was not conducive to studying or sleeping most of the time. During the summer, the fans were inadequate, but we weren't allowed to have air conditioners. People would have barbeques in the courtyard and smoke blew in through our windows, which we had to close. It was stifling. I was very disappointed.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Senior

Greek Life: I only know what I have read about it.

5 College Senior

Local Area: Cambridge Mass. is loaded with culture, smart people, diversity, and any type of food or drink one can imagine. Everything is within walking distance. People are generally friendly.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Almost all Harvard undergrads live on-campus because Harvard's House system is so appealing and fosters such a great sense of community. In addition, housing in Cambridge is extremely limited and expensive.

18 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: With its $32 billion endowment, Harvard can afford to enroll any student they want. About 60% of Harvard undergrads receive financial aid, and students of families making less than $60,000 per year can expect to pay next to nothing for their education.

23 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Harvard has a pretty good party scene Thursday through Saturday, but if you want to party or drink during the weekdays, you're out of luck. Students study pretty hard during the week, and many of them party harder on the weekends. Final clubs are the biggest source of parties, particularly for freshman girls. The clubs generally have unlimited supplies of alcohol on the weekend and offer a pretty great space for partying, although the ratio of women to men is ridiculously skewed in favor of men. Non-final club males have a somewhat harder time finding parties, especially as freshmen. However, for those not interested in attending final club parties, Harvard frats (especially Sigma Chi), upperclassmen parties, various extracurricular group parties, and frats at nearby MIT and Tufts offer plenty of opportunities for partying.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Administration: HUPD officers are awesome - they genuinely want to protect students, not ruin their fun. They also want to get to know the students. I even had several HUPD officers sing me an enthusiastic "Happy Birthday" on my birthday, and I often stop and have conversations with them around campus. Generally, the administration at Harvard takes a pretty lenient position on disciplining students. I was busted twice by my proctor for having alcohol in my dorm room as a freshman, and nothing happened; he didn't even write down the offenses for records. This is the general attitude of most administrators toward alcohol, marijuana, and noise violations.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Harvard Square has some really excellent restaurants, but they're often too expensive for students to regularly patronize. However, there are also your typical college student haunts: Chipotle, Tasty Burger, Pinocchio's Pizza. The biggest problem is that very few restaurants are open past 10 pm, and even IHOP closes at 4 am (Tasty Burger, Charlie's Kitchen, Pinocchio's, and Felipe's close at 2 or 3 am).

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: HUPD (Harvard University Police Department) officers are some of the friendliest and most competent police officers I've ever met. They genuinely believe that their purpose is keeping students safe, not ruining their fun. Regarding safety, Cambridge is like any other urban area: be smart. As long as you don't walk alone in dark alleyways at night with your headphones in, you should feel relatively safe. HUPD also sends out email and text alerts whenever there is a report of crime on or near campus.

1 person found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Majors: I've never researched an internship specifically for an English concentrator. However, an unbelievable number of Harvard students land summer internships on Wall Street with prestigious banks such as Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, and the Harvard Office of Career Services will review and critique your resume and/or internship application for free.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Few people realize that all of Harvard's varsity sports are Division I and that Harvard has the largest varsity sports program in the country in terms of number of sports and number of athletes. That being said, athletics aren't one of the most important aspects of the Harvard scene. There's a reason why all sporting events are free for undergraduates. Most students go to a least a few home games, but you may see students doing their homework in the stadium. However, the Harvard-Yale football game ("The Game") is one of the biggest events of the year for students, alumni, faculty, and administrators. Everyone goes to The Game every single year, and everyone has an awesome time.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm in one of the four sororities on campus, and honestly I don't consider a very important aspect of my college experience. None of the Greek organizations are officially recognized by the university, and none of the sororities even have houses. Very, very few students live in the frat houses; the houses are mostly used for parties. While it's nice to forge connections and friendships with students from different years with different interests, Greek life doesn't play a huge role in the social scene at Harvard. Male final clubs are far more popular, and their parties are better-attended.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Cambridge is an awesome college town. Both MIT and Harvard are located here, and the local economy and culture tend to revolve around these institutional giants. Harvard Square is a major subway and bus stop for the T, providing easy access to public transportation that can take you pretty much anywhere you want to go. This includes the vibrant city of Boston, which is about 15 minutes away. If taking the train or bus with the plebeians isn't really your thing, taxis and Uber cars abound. However, most students don't feel the need to venture too far from campus too often - Harvard Square offers a lot of really delicious restaurants, decent shopping, and frequent events. This is also one of Harvard students' biggest problems: they rarely leave the "Harvard Bubble" that is Cambridge and venture out into Boston.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Local Area: You just cannot get better than Boston for student life.

3 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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