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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Nice and New – Everything is nice looking, functional and up to date.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Go Crimson! Sporting events are not particularly well attended, and not all of our teams shine through. But when they do, we're there!

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I Love HUPD, and HUPD Loves Me. It's an urban environment, so things do happen, but the Harvard University Police Department is very kind and cautious. We're frequently reminded about how to remain safe, and most incidents occur in situations in which people were not following their recommendations. I'm never worried about my safety on campus, there are always people around and we're all pretty wise about what and what not to do.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Amazing Time Since I Got Here – I have zero complaints about Harvard. Best decision I ever made was to study here.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Not Really Popular – I never see drugs, but I think some people smoke. Drinking is way more popular.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus Is Very Safe – We never feel afraid to walk around at night. Campus police is honest when crime happens and send us email warnings. We have HUPD everywhere and we always feel safe.

3 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: There are definitely plenty of nerds, both guys and girls, but also some very fashionable dressers and people who do seem to care more about looking good for class and parties than studying...

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Tons of Off-Campus Options – Right in Harvard Square - tons of cafes, restaurants, with options at all price ranges and all types of cuisine. Only problem is that you're required to be on the school meal plan, so a major financial incentive not to explore other options :(

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Awesome athletic centers - multiple gyms and pools for student use, house system provides community more so than a central student center, excellent libraries - good for studying and any book you could want!

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Shuttles Are Convenient – Free shuttles are very convenient and take you all around campus

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Good Food – Although the rotation might get repetitive, Harvard offers well cooked food, including healthy options and plenty of variety

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I believe Harvard provides its students with phenomenal facilities with plenty of access. The only place I feel Harvard lacks is in its student centers and generally student non-study spaces

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: The T is great for any transportation needs. There are also Harvard shuttles running to the Quad, the med school, and the business school.

5 College Freshman

Technology: Accessible If Needed – Labs and printers are accessible at all hours and in many locations.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Cambridge is a wonderful little city. The river is great for runs - there are plenty of restaurants and shops - and I always feel safe.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Nice Dorms – No real need for off campus housing, everyone lives in dorms.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Pretty Good Computer Support – I have yet to find a spot on campus that doesn't have wi-fi. There are plenty of computers students can use, and plenty of software at our disposal.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: On-Campus Is the Way to Go! On-campus housing is cheaper and you feel more so a part of the community. I honestly don't know of anyone living off campus, but it can be pretty expensive and difficult to find a place near by. Honestly, i don't think it's worth it, even if you can afford it. On-campus living also makes me feel personally safer.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: *Two great gyms, gyms also in the basement of houses (in Eliot House at least). Not a big gym person (New year's resolution is to become one though--fingers crossed!) but the facilities look pretty great. There's also group classes undergrads can take for free like zumba and indoor cycling, etc. Those, if you can find one to attend regularly, are pretty great.
*Libraries are huge--Widener stacks are legen-wait-for-it-dary. Cabot is great for us sciency ones who want to avoid the Lamont crowd. The studying crowd in Lamont can be pretty intimidating actually. Lamont cafe studying is more laid back--maybe too laid back for my taste. Cabot couches are great for in-between-classes naps! :)
*Plenty of campus activities--Cultural Rhythms is my fave. Ghungroo is awesome too.
*All the Houses have their own cute little special features (like all the pianos in Eliot) and I haven't found a house lawn I didn't like yet. The freshman ivy yard's pretty awesome--miss it and wish I had used it more last year! Anenberg looks like the the Harry Potter d-hall. River Houses have a view of the Charles. The classrooms are nice--only had one classroom I disliked but that was because of the class size and the over-crowdedness in the small room.
*Love the Campus!

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: The title says it. There's the T so you can leave campus and explore boston, etc. in an inexpensive way. It might seem like a bubble, but if you think that's not the case to some extent with every university, you're only kidding yourself. But really, cambridge and harvard square are great! The clothing stores are kind of expensive and there are a lot of tourists, but you see all walks of life on the streets of cambridge: rich and poor students, business men and women, barbers and chefs smoking during break, the homeless, etc. It's not a bad bubble to be in. Also, there are some really good food places. Pinocchio's Pizza is my favorite late-night food place to go to. Not much selection on chinese food though in the area :(. Tons of universities close by too (Tufts, BU, MIT, etc.) so if you have friends going to those schools, you can totally hang out every weekend if you want! I haven't seen much negative attitudes towards students--maybe a bit from visiting BU girls though. They're just jealous ;). I once got lost looking for a building and went two miles off track and a really nice realtor in a random building I entered to ask for directions was super duper nice. Most shops do offer discounts to students is you ask, I think. Also, there's always performances on Massachusetts ave. from dancers to singers, etc. I love this campus--one of the reasons I chose Harvard!

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe but Exercise Common Sense – All Harvard students receive emails regarding any recent criminal activity either on campus or in the immediate vicinity. The majority of the incidents occurred off campus and involved people failing to use basic common sense, such as walking alone at 2 am whilst talking on their cell phones.

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4 College Student

Administration: really not so bad, just study and don't do dumb things

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Getting There – Football and basketball are on the rise this year! Crew and squash are the only teams that consistently do well, though.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Absolutely phenomenal - Harvard has the money to attract students of all sorts of backgrounds, economic or ethnic, and being with this diverse group of students has really opened my eyes to the different conditions people come from.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: In the Background – How to get help from campus police is drilled into you in the beginning of each year, and while they're always there, they're not in your face.

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