The Best & Worst

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Best & Worst

Best Of

  1. 1
    Access to the best professors and minds of our time
  2. 2
    The student motivation and ambition on campus is contagious.
  3. 3
    The opportunity to pursue literally any interest you might have
  4. 4
    Alumni are eager to help undergraduates find jobs and internships.
  5. 5
    The city of Boston provides the perfect backdrop for college social life.
  6. 6
    Harvard housing is among the best in the nation—you'll realize how important this really is once you are there.
  7. 7
    The Harvard Library system is the largest university library in the world, so any book you need will be available, and you won't have to go searching for it at other universities.
  8. 8
    The diversity of Harvard means that you will be exposed to opinions and ways of life you may never have been exposed to otherwise.
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    Classes feature state-of the art technology, producing a class experience that is rivaled by few other universities in the world.
  10. 10
    It's Harvard, and whether you like it or not, it garners respect from friends, family, and employers alike.

Facts & Statistics

Happy Students
97% of students return after their first year.
Commitment to Teaching
There are 7 students for every member of faculty on campus.
Proven Success
97% of students will complete their education and graduate with a degree.
Knowledgeable Professors
100% of students surveyed rated the general knowledge of professors as above average.
Low-Stress Course Load
66% of students surveyed rated the manageability of work as above average.
Big Dorms
74% of students surveyed felt that dorms were more spacious than average.
Accepting Campus Community
50% of students surveyed said that the campus community as a whole is very accepting of members of minority groups.
Great Local Atmosphere
61% of students surveyed said that there is always something fun and interesting going on near campus.
Campus Pride
62% of students surveyed said that they love everything about the school and have a lot of campus pride.
Highly Satisfied Students
83% of students surveyed would make the same school choice if they could do it all over again.
Help Finding a Job or Internship
64% of students surveyed said that the career center is very helpful and provides services to students beyond help landing a job.
Strong Alumni Network
79% of students surveyed said the alumni network is very strong and involved in activities on campus.
Vibrant Social Scene
50% of students surveyed agreed that there are lots of popular activities around campus every day.
Genders Equally Represented
A male-to-female ratio of 51/49 means there's a pretty even balance of students on campus.
Learn from the Best
100% of faculty have earned the highest degree in their field.
Personal Attention
You can expect personal attention with 78% of classes having less than 20 students.
Help to Succeed
The school has academic and career counseling available to help you when you need it.
Get AP Credit
If you took AP classes in high school, you might be able to get college credit for them.
Work Part-Time During School
Employment services are available for students.
Help Getting Hired
Placement services are available to graduates.
Extremely Diverse
One of the most racially diverse campuses-53% of students are minorities.

Worst Of

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    People often focus too much on future careers and making money, and sometimes lose track of enjoying the present.
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    Professors are brilliant, but tracking them down for a one-on-one conversation requires a degree of patience.
  3. 3
    Classes are difficult, and it is impossible to do all of the work for a given class, so you must choose wisely when deciding how to structure work time.
  4. 4
    During exam period, people lose track of time, miss meals, and forget whether they went to sleep at 3 a.m. or 3 p.m. In general, it's a 10-day twilight zone.
  5. 5
    Did I mention the weather? When you don't see the sun for days at a time, it can be a bit disturbing.
  6. 6
    Liquor laws in Massachusetts are tough, and bars are 21 and older, so developing a full social life that involves drinking can be difficult if you don't have a fake ID or have friends who do.
  7. 7
    You get to hear all of your friends' crazy stories from their schools and often don't have anything that comes close to matching their college exploits.
  8. 8
    Even though you beat the odds by getting accepted, rejection still runs rampant through student organizations.
  9. 9
    The New England winters really dampen students' spirits and make the morning sleepwalk to class an even larger ordeal.
  10. 10
    It's Harvard, and along with its prestige comes a certain level of disdain from non-Harvard students, who think everyone at Harvard is an arrogant jerk and will be happy to let you know just how they feel.

Facts & Statistics

Tuition is a steep $42,292, one of the most expensive rates in the country.
Expensive Dorms
Living on campus doesn't come cheap, with an average housing price tag of $8,366.
Don't Move Off Campus
Average off-campus housing is a steep $11,042.
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