Overall Niche Grade
- Party SceneB+
- Campus FoodB+
- Student LifeA
Harvard University is ...
NCAA Division I-AA
Harvard University Rankings
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High School GPA
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Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.65 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.63 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.63 responses
Most Popular Majors
- Social Sciences175Graduates
- Political Science and Government147Graduates
- Computer Science98Graduates
- Research and Experimental Psychology93Graduates
- Computational and Applied Mathematics91Graduates
- Ecology and Evolutionary Biology86Graduates
- Mathematics & Statistics80Graduates
- Neuroscience and Neurobiology67Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.52 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.66 responses
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 40 responsesReport
After Harvard University
- Very Good202
The academics are absolutely fantastic. They vary, of course, depending on student choice. Many students take only bland huge introductory lecture classes and then complain about how they've never met their professors. However, there are literally thousands of options of the beaten path for small seminar classes in countless areas. I have tried to take as many of these as possible, and my average class size has been about five. Going to dinner at professors' houses is not uncommon, and the vast majority of professors put a lot of time into getting to know students. Every professor holds generous office hours, so any complaint that professors are inaccessible generally rests with the student. After my two-person class last year, which often went hours over, we sometimes went for drinks. Students and professors seem to be parts of the same community, not separate entities. I highly recommend putting at least two small and obscure classes on your schedule every term. Overall, Harvard's academics lives up to its name.
- College Sophomore
- 11 months ago
Harvard is wonderful in a number of respects which share an underlying thread -- flexibility. The academics are as straightforward or challenging as you wish to make them, and there is indeed a great variety of choice. The community will hold your hand if you ask, and leave you be otherwise. There are countless opportunities for personal experience and growth, which will not fall into your lap, but which you must pursue. Harvard is entirely the experience you make it. It takes independence and self-direction to thrive, which some might find appealing, and some might not. Overall, however, my experience has exceeded my expectations on nearly every front. I would give Harvard my full and unreserved recommendation to prospective students.
- College Sophomore
- 11 months ago
The social scene leaves something to be desired, but the academics are challenging and mostly rewarding as you would expect. The real value of Harvard lies in the professor connections and the alumni network, and if you don't take advantage of those then you might as well just go to a public university. Also, Harvard is very realistic and a non-magical place, and we all know the classes are hard so there is no need to stress about not getting a 4.0 every semester like we all did in high school- almost nobody does here. One of the greatest things that I've found is that since nobody is coming in with a group of friends, everybody is actually open to making new friends, so take advantage of the window of opportunity, incoming freshmen. The freshmen dining hall, though the food is not usually good, is one of the best things about my freshmen year so far, because I get to be in continual community with my fellow classmates and actually see my friends without having to always make plans, and I meet new freshmen almost every day and get to know them and their unique stories and dreams.
- College Freshman
- 12 months ago