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Harvard University Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
7,255
Total Undergrads
Including 3,009 Part-time
1,670
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

49% Women
51% Men

Athletics

NCAA Division I-AA

Ivy Group

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports

Coaches

18
Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $127,621)
17
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $91,286)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 136 149 - -
Baseball 35 - - -
Basketball 14 17 - Yes
Fencing 16 12 Yes -
Field Hockey - 20 Yes -
Football 120 - - -
Golf 8 8 - -
Ice Hockey 26 22 - Yes
Lacrosse 44 26 Yes -
Rowing 80 62 - Yes
Sailing 24 32 - -
Skiing 11 16 Yes -
Soccer 26 28 Yes Yes
Softball - 22 - Yes
Squash 18 15 - Yes
Swimming and Diving 41 46 - Yes
Tennis 13 10 Yes Yes
Volleyball 13 15 Yes -
Water Polo 19 17 - -
Wrestling 25 - - -
Archery - - Yes -
Badminton - - Yes -
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Dance - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Gymnastics - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Skating - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - Yes Yes
Track and Field, X-Country - - - Yes

Diversity

Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 12.7%
Black/non-Hispanic 5.8%
Hispanic 5.5%
Non-resident alien 18.6%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 11.0%
Two or more races 0.6%
White/non-Hispanic 45.3%
Disabilities
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
Living
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 21 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
Other
  • Student Government

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 2
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 35
Property Crime 51

Notable Alumni

  • Bill Gates (Attended 1973-1975), Founder of Microsoft
  • e.e. Cummings [Class of 1916], Poet
  • Former presidents of the United States: Franklin D. Roosevelt, George W. Bush, John F. Kennedy, John Quincy Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, John Adams
  • Henry David Thoreau [Class of 1837], Famed philosopher and author of Walden and Civil Disobedience
  • John Updike [Class of 1954], Author
  • Lou Dobbs [Class of 1967], News anchor and host
  • Michael Crichton [Class of 1964], Author of Jurassic Park
  • Natalie Portman [Class of 2003], Actress
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson [Class of 1821], Poet and author
  • Yo-Yo Ma [Class of 1976], Famous composer and musician
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Cat from Cambridge, MA
  • 5
  • The advisers, especially freshman year, are absolutely incredible and foster an amazing sense of family. Plus, imagine living among some of the most talented and intellectually stimulating students in the…

  • Aug-13-2012 Read More
  • CLAUDIA from CAMBRIDGE, MA
  • 4
  • The dorms or living arrangements can vary very much. Some students live in suites, others in singles and doubles. Some dorms are very large and beautiful, like those in Apley,…

  • Jan-14-2012 Read More
  • Frederic from Scarsdale, NY
  • 5
  • The College does a lot to foster community between students in the same hall or entryway. It gives lots of money for community-building events, parties, free food and the like,…

  • Jul-05-2012 Read More
  • Sara from Orlando, FL
  • 4
  • Freshman dorm life can be awkward, especially in the Union dorms. However, house life (sophomore through senior year) is amazing :)…

  • May-20-2012 Read More
  • John from Cambridge , MA
  • 3
  • dorms are nice, with an authentic feeling. they do not resemble traditional, hotel-like dorms at all. for freshmen guys, dorm life is mediocre. expect a lot of time spent with…

  • Jan-19-2012 Read More

Reviews

Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Bri from Arkansas
  • Sep-24-2014 I am a current student here

    The food is okay for a college dining hall. There are also many places on campus to eat besides the campus dining halls.

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  • 4
  • HarvNerd
  • Jun-12-2014 I am a current student here

    It's definitely edible, wouldn't say it's excellent

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  • 5
  • Sarah from Manchester, NH
  • Jan-22-2014 I am a current student here

    As an athlete, I eat LOTS of dining hall food, and am usually fully satisfied. Freshmen all eat in the same Gothic style hall, which can be very fun if you can find your friends, and rather overwhelming if you have to search the rows and rows of tables for a while to find a place to sit. The dining hall can feel a bit crowded at peak meal times, but it is generally easy to find a little corner. Upperclassmen dining halls serve the same food, but it is made in smaller portions, and therefore tastes infinitely better. The rooms are also much smaller and cozier. They strive for a family style set up.

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  • 3
  • student from Chicago
  • Jul-06-2013 I am a current student here

    Food is not that wonderful, but meals are a way to get to know people and the dhall staff are very nice.

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  • 4
  • Taylor from Cambridge, MA
  • Jun-27-2013 I am a current student here

    Annenberg is the dining hall for freshman students. It's beautiful, but the food isn't that great. Sophomore through Senior year you eat in the houses, which have a little bit better food.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • student from Chicago
  • Jul-06-2013 I am a current student here

    Exists, but is a minor part of campus life. It is there as much as you want it to be. Dont expect Animal House, however.

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  • 0
  • Zoe from Las Vegas, NV
  • Jan-24-2013 I am a current student here

    There are fraternities and sororities, but Harvard also has a system of Finals Clubs which are very similar, but have a pretty vast history.

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  • 0
  • Cat from Cambridge, MA
  • Aug-13-2012 I am a current student here

    Definitely part of the social scene but not the normal. We also have finals clubs, which is a similar institution to a fraternity

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  • 0
  • Frederic from Scarsdale, NY
  • Jul-05-2012 I am a current student here

    There are two fraternities and three sororities. They have parties and stuff, and rush week is kind of a big thing, but they are not a huge part of campus life.

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  • 0
  • Isa from Henderson, NV
  • Jun-06-2012 I am a current student here

    There are frats/sororities, but many people don't go into them because students associate more than anything with their dorm houses.

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  • 0
  • Sara from Orlando, FL
  • May-20-2012 I am a current student here

    Is not big on-campus (roughly 15%), but can be a real benefit if you really want to be involved.

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  • 0
  • Claire from New Orleans, LA
  • Mar-29-2012 I am a current student here

    Greek life is not a huge part of the Harvard social scene. In fact the university doesn't even recognize the frats and sororities. However, there are quite a few Greek organizations, so it is definitely an option for people who are interested.

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  • 0
  • John from Cambridge , MA
  • Jan-19-2012 I am a current student here

    while there are a few sororities and fraternities, the social scene is focused on the final clubs, which are exclusive groups that control a house or building off campus. these clubs are not affiliated with the university, and were made famous in the social network.

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