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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Finals Clubs – Technically, Greek life is limited to a few off-campus sororities that don't really have a presence in the social scene. However, the Finals Clubs essentially take the place of Greek life. They're pretentious, exclusive (often likened to "good old boys' clubs"), and much-criticized by the feminist groups (they only admit men.) Of course, freshman girls are encouraged to come to parties. I know people who do go to their parties every weekend, but I'd say the majority of the Harvard community doesn't.

7 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Cambridge Has It All – Cambridge really does have something for every palate and budget. From burritos at one of the 3 local places (Felipe's is my favorite) to upscale dining at one of the local eateries (try the restaurants at the Charles Hotel), you will never go home hungry. There are pizza deliveries until 4am and Chinese food until 3am every night.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: HUHS Is Your Friend – Every student is required to pay a nominal health fee each year. However, that covers everything from doctor's appointments when sick, mental health counseling, vaccinations, dental care, and care when you've had one too many on a Saturday night, all at an massive infirmary right on campus. While the infirmary staff can be slow and unresponsive when the place is busy, the doctors and professionals are excellent, what you would expect from a school affiliated with at least a dozen hospitals.

As for safety on campus, there are constant security patrols, most gates close at night, and very few on-campus incidents are reported (the occasional off-campus mugging is the only news item). There are some more unsavory folks occasionally hanging out by the subway stop in Harvard Square, but the area is generally well lit and there are enough people milling about at all hours to make you feel consistently safe.

3 people found this useful Report
2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Just Not Worth It – On campus, the dorms are organized into 12 self-sufficient communities called "Houses" that each house a few hundred sophomores through seniors (freshmen get their own dorms). Each house has a dining hall, resident tutors, a variety of academic and personal support, libraries, and exercise facilities. Thus, most students do not find it worth it to fork out the gouging apartment rents of the Harvard Square area. While housing off campus may allow for more "freedom", the Houses on campus are very lenient and thus the cost/benefit analysis comes out against off campus housing.

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4 College Junior

Campus Food: food comes from either the home or from a vending machine.
Other than that every day a couple students come by in the evening and sell some food that they make.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Administration: College Is Freedom – Rules and laws are bent and broken with regularity - and few people get hurt

3 College Junior

Athletics: Not Enough Spirit – Our teams are quite competitive in a lot of Ivy League sports, but too few students get out to support the teams.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs and Alcohol – Alcohol is everywhere on campus, and it's very easy to get. We have an amnesty policy which means you can't get into trouble if you bring an intoxicated friend to the University Hospital, which I think makes it a much safer atmosphere. Drugs are around, but how much it is apart of your life depends on who you are with.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is there, but it's definitely not as prominent as on other campuses. There are about four fraternities and three sororities. There is only one frat house. "Final Clubs" dominate our party scene, which are similar to fraternities but are much older and more pretentious.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Harvard's greatest asset is its people. Students and faculty represent every race, ethnicity, creed - I have met so many people that I would never have met if I stayed in my small town!

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Unlimited, but Streaky – Everyone at Harvard gets an unlimited meal plan, which is pretty convenient. The freshman dining hall serves a lot of people, so the food isn't great, and is on a 2 week cycle for the most part. The upperclassmen dining halls cater to less people, and as a result, the quality of the food is better.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Good Town, Not So College Geared – Cambridge is a very safe town, and there are a lot of eating and shopping options. Unfortunately, it is quite expensive, and there are no typical fast food restaurants, such as McDonalds or anything. However, Boston is right around the corner, so there are lots of other shopping, eating, and partying options there.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Technology: Network Speed Pretty Reliable – The network at Harvard University is pretty reliable, although there are sometime where my computer has a hard time connecting. Otherwise, it is fast enough to stream music and videos well.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Simply the Greatest Educational Experience You Could Imagine – The university, surronding area and student body are among the most outstanding in educational history.

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2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Unless you are in a final club (snooty/elitist mansions for rich guys on campus), or a girl who dresses up every night to get into one, there is no nightlife. Bars and clubs are all 21+ thanks to puritanical laws. Dorms are pretty restrictive about room parties. Large dance parties that are college-sanctioned are infrequent and poorly executed due to lack of good locales. That being said, there is a lot of 'alternative' nightlife out there in Boston.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: So and So – People got in here for their brains, not beauty. The 10% of students who are wealthy legacies or athletes tend to look very attractive, but the vast majority are average to ugly. The few bombshells are invariably shallow and conceited, as well as remarkably vapid.

26 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Top Notch Except for Student Center – The library system is phenomenal. Architecture on campus is quite nice as well. The gyms are beautiful and spanking new. There is no student center, which is the only bummer.

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2 College Sophomore

Weather: Lots of snow and very cold for 5 months out of the 9-month school year. If you are for a warm climate, the first winter will be miserable.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: It's Alright. Heavy workload. Decent faculty interaction. Great facilities and work opportunities. The student center does not exist though.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The T system is highly reliable, cheap, and easy to use. Although I use the subway system the most, buses are also a really convenient option. Buses arrive frequently, and the schedules are posted everywhere. There are also cheap buses outside of the T system that go to places like New York and Philadelphia fairly quickly.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe! The Harvard University Police Department does an excellent job of protecting students. Cambridge is relatively safe at all hours of the day and night, and the rules are generally enforced well.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Wouldn't Choose Differently – I had chosen Harvard over UC Berkeley and it was one of the best decisions I've made. It definitely is a different experience having to fly across the country to go to school. Many of my friends at Berkeley go home often.

5 College Junior

Campus Food: Dining Halls Great – Great place to socialize and catch up with friends. I think the food is great (definitely better than anything I could cook!) and the dining hall staff is very friendly

3 people found this useful Report
1 College Junior

Parking: Hard to find parking spaces. I don't drive while at school but when my parents came to visit me, they parked in a space (that didn't seem like it required a special permit) and received a ticket after being gone for less than 20 minutes

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Upperclassman Houses – Living in one of Harvard's 12 upperclassman houses is one of the best things about attending Harvard. House life and house community really make being a school a home away from home

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