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  • 07/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    173 out of 174 people found this review useful. 1 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Driven, goal-oriented, disciplined, conscientious, flexible, open-minded.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs early on so that you will have a chance of securing a leadership position by the time you're an upperclassman, but only be a leader of something you are passionate about. Ensure excellent academic performance and test scores, which do NOT need to be perfect but must still be high. Show that you can contribute to the community, whether through community service or a job. Make sure to establish good relationships with people who will likely end up writing recommendation letters for you. If you can, visit Harvard's campus to get a feel of whether you'd be happy/comfortable there -- does it feel right? If it does and you're ready to apply, then start the application (early). Make sure to follow up with the admissions office to ensure that ALL parts of your application have been received. Be well-prepared for the interview.

    Bang for the buck

    Harvard's financial aid is probably the best in the country. (I received a much bigger scholarship than I thought I would.) What's great is that the scholarships are need-based and Harvard does its absolute best to meet 100% of your need.

    Am enjoying being here

    Unlike many other schools, Harvard does not use a random process to determine housing arrangements for freshmen. I mean, where you live is random, but not the people you live with. The housing office staff tries their best to pair you up with people who are similar to you in terms of lifestyle but different enough to create an interesting mix. Although there are some cases of housing disasters, most people I know like their roommates and are close with others in the same dorm. Even better, you get to choose who you want to live with for the rest of your 3 years there. If that's not enough for you, there are PLENTY of clubs/organizations for you to join and meet people, and an endless amount of concerts/shows/dances/parties/other fun events throughout the year. The work is, of course, difficult but definitely manageable if you know how to use your time wisely. Also, the fact that you're allowed to check out the classes before actually enrolling in them (known as shopping classes) definitely helps you to decide which ones to take. Basically, you get to sit in on the first lecture or two and give it a test-run before you decide whether to sign up for that class. Just when you think it can't get any better than this, there's also a very useful student evaluations website (the Q Guide) where you can read feedback from past students. If you read the Q Guide and shop the classes, the chance of you taking a class that you'll hate is substantially reduced. The real problem is having to choose from a myriad of interesting classes.

    Am learning a lot

    With its liberal arts focus, Harvard provides the type of education that helps you to become a better thinker. You probably won't gain as much concrete knowledge here as you would at a non-liberal arts college, but I think this has more to do with the concept of liberal arts itself so it's not really Harvard's fault... One problem that does appear to be Harvard's own is that many of its professors are renowned for their research, which means that they're good at research but not necessarily teaching. They all know their stuff; many just have trouble teaching it. This is not to say, however, that Harvard lacks capable professors. In fact, I've had the pleasure of attending the lectures of some of the most experienced, interesting, and enthusiastic professors on campus. The point I'm trying to make is that not ALL Harvard professors are great at keeping you awake during lecture. The good thing, however, is that they are all approachable people (even if they seem intimidating). Many students go to office hours to ask questions, which is usually extremely helpful. Remember: Harvard professors might not always be the best teachers, but they ARE very smart people who are generally willing to lend a helping hand.

  • 07/17/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    81 out of 83 people found this review useful. 2 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that tend to get along with everyone. Great for self-motivated and passionate students. Harvard is bit more laid back than what most people imagine, so both don't worry if you're not a type A person. You're still welcome here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus, talk to a few current students or grads and you'll be able to get all the info you need. Try do something unique and creative during your high school years. Take risks, go on adventures. These kinds of things look great on apps and they make for great essays.

    Bang for the buck

    By and far, Harvard has the best financial aid of any college in the world. Income < $60k, you're in for free. FREE. You can't beat free. Even upper income family receive a lot of aid here. In many cases, they'll even send you refund checks when you have a positive balance from extra outside scholarship money.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely enjoy being there. Wonderful students, wonderful staff. People actually care about you at Harvard. People always ask me, Do they party at Harvard? Yes! Maybe not as crazy as some schools, but we definitely have some great parties. The Cambridge/Boston location is very exciting. The only con I've noticed is a lack of school spirit sometimes.

    Am learning a lot

    YES, YES, YES. You will learn tons and only from the best and the brightest. The professors are amazing and the TFs, likewise. The courses are generally designed to push you towards the limit of learning. IMO, the clubs and the student community alone make Harvard a great place to pickup knowledge, skills, and new friends.

  • 08/11/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    70 out of 70 people found this review useful. 3 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Harvard works best for the self-motivated, over-achieving, confident types. These people tend to feel inspired by the environment, but students who do not enjoy academic work and challenges are sometimes intimidated by the coursework.

    Tips for prospective students

    Besides requiring the highest standards of academic achievement, admissions tends to look for students who are either very well-rounded (which means doing wide variety of activities and doing them well) or for students who are dedicated to a specific interest. Students who better fit the specific interest category should be doing this at a very high level. I have met people who, for example, were very competitive in national high school science fairs or athletics. Once you get here, take full advantage of shopping week. This is the first week of classes in which you can go to any class before officially registering to see if you like the syllabus and professor. Shopping ensures that you will get classes and professors that work for you, and it also allows you to judge class sizes. Some popular classes, such as those in the economics department, are gigantic, but there are also lots of small classes in other departments, like the language classes.

    Bang for the buck

    This university is definitely worth the tuition, and I would defintiely make the decision to go here again. The current financial aid program is excellent and is much better than the aid offered by other private universities, including the other Ivy League schools.

    Am enjoying being here

    The classes at Harvard are engaging and in-depth, and I felt that I was learning things that would definitely be of use in later life, even when these classes were not directly related to my career plans. In order to do well, it is necessary to put concentrated effort into academic work, and most students spend long hours completing papers and problem sets. That being said, the type of student who comes here is usually the type that enoys academic work. However, there are hundreds of things to do besides homework, ranging from the science fiction club to acapella groups. My personal interest is music, and I am definitely kept busy with playing in different ensembles. Also, being in Cambridge allows for going into Boston to see the Red Sox, the Boston Symphony, the Museum of Fine Arts, or simply hanging out (Harvard Square itself is also a good hang-out area). Everyone on campus is always doing something interesting, and is usually caught up in the excitement of doing it.

    Am learning a lot

    It's impossible not to learn a lot at Harvard, with such a wide range of classes taught by professors who are often experts in their field. Obviously, Harvard is known for being a prestigious research university and so the academic education students get here is outstanding. But besides classroom learning, students at Harvard are able to learn an amazing amount from their peers. The student body is economically, socially, and racially diverse, and in addition to this, most students bring unusual interests and experiences to share. Because of this, student interactions inside and outside the classroom bring each individual into contact with ideas that they otherwise would never have encountered. Finally, Harvard's sheer volume of resources, such as the extensive library system, guarantee that no student will go without the ability to learn as much as they possibly can.

  • 12/30/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    53 out of 53 people found this review useful. 4 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Harvard is great for those students who can take on a challenge and realize their full potentials.

    Tips for prospective students

    Harvard looks for individuals that are well-rounded (ah, how many times have you heard this before?), confident, and motivated students. Show Harvard that you dream big and put in as much effort as needed to reach those dreams. Show them that you really will take advantage of the school and not waste a single drop of your potential. Just show them what you've got! When you get in, visit the school. Harvard really isn't for everyone, so come and check out the atmosphere. Don't judge a school by its name, judge by the vibe you get. When at Harvard, explore! There's so much to see and so much to do! Don't get caught up in one single concentration or one single extracurricular group; there are so many things I'm sure you've never seen before. Don't limit yourself because you'll never have the ability to be at this place again. Take random courses and meet random people, you'll be better for it.

    Bang for the buck

    Harvard is one of the leading institutions for comprehensive and extensive financial aid. If you get into Harvard, you will not have to worry about paying to actually go. Harvard will make sure that you are able to attend. Undoubtedly, there are many costs that are not included in one's financial aid package like airfare, but considering the uniqueness of this school, it's definitely big bang for all your buck.

    Am enjoying being here

    Harvard is a very challenging school; not only does it push students academically, it also pushes in other respects. Individuals are all very driven at this school, at at times there is an atmosphere of stress and anxiety, this is usually during finals period. People also tend to become involved in excessive activities and have no free time. This isn't to say though that Harvard is not fun, because on the contrary, it is. There are scenes for all types of individuals and varied definitions of fun. There are plenty of parties every single weekend! Concerts and dance recitals, art galleries and poetry readings, school attractions and museums, and more! To warn though, students are often caught in the Harvard Bubble, but Harvard is an urban campus! Cambridge and Boston are incredible cities with a lot to do.

    Am learning a lot

    Harvard provides its students freedom. With freedom, it is a student's choice where to go, what to do, and who to surround themselves with. The environment at Harvard is indeed a learning one; not only do I learn in the classroom, but I learn in the organizations I belong to and from the incredible students I am lucky enough to share my four college years with. Learning is completely dependent on how much a student strives for that domain. Undoubtedly, Harvard gives its students amazing choices. Harvard has an incredible selection of courses taught by the best in each field; it is an immense challenge to try to select only four courses each semester. Additionally, counselors and advisers are knowledgeable, and there are incredible opportunities with unique educational programs such as study abroad, becoming certified to become a teacher, and researching in labs. Outside of classroom walls, Harvard has a vibrant extracurricular life. There are organizations of all sorts. These one-of-a-kind groups are made up of some of the brightest and most ambitious students in the world; these people are the reason why Harvard is so special.

  • 01/21/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    43 out of 46 people found this review useful. 5 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    As goes without saying (but I’ll say it again anyway), Harvard is great for students who are hard working, dedicated, and self-motivated. Everyone can find a place to fit in here, but all students definitely need to be humble and grounded, and confident in their own abilities. You can’t come to Harvard and expect to be the top-dog in everything, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a possibility. Keep in mind where you are, and don’t lose confidence even if you aren’t doing as well as you did in high school. Generally, students who get into Harvard are used to being the best or near the best in what they do, but that might not be the case when you arrive on this campus. No worries—just never lose faith in yourself and your abilities, and you will be great in this university.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a Harvard student, everyone passes through the “oh my gosh what am I doing here” stage at some point in their college career. If you go to Harvard, you will feel overwhelmed. You’ll ask yourself, “what have I done in my life that could ever be as great as what some of my peers have done?” You’ll wonder whether or not you made the right choice in coming to such a prestigious school, and you will feel as if you have under-accomplished. Do not fret—this is absolutely normal, and the stage will pass. So if you’re a prospective student who’s been accepted, but you’re afraid of going because Harvard seems like an intimidating place to be, keep in mind that most everyone here has doubted at some point as well. A person becomes wiser by surrounding him or herself with the best, so if you have the choice, choose Harvard. As long as you’re willing to put in the effort to work hard and meet people, you can’t go wrong here.

    Bang for the buck

    You have to acknowledge that most of your money goes to the name. As I mentioned before, you learn the same material at other universities in the same fashion. If you choose to go to Harvard or other big name universities, you have to understand that the education you receive won’t be light years better than that from other colleges. So in that sense, for all the extra money you pay, the education really is not the “bang for the buck”. However, it’s the opportunities and the atmosphere that are different. A less prestigious university may offer an education that’s close in scope to that of Harvard, but can it also offer a talented, worldly student body? Can it offer the same level of enrichment and depth to the education it gives? Can it offer quality and variety in its subjects of study? Harvard has its advantages here – not only are there the resources, but the resources are present in all its subjects of study. As a liberal arts college, Harvard focuses on breadth and opportunity, and you, as a student, reap the benefits of this focus since you can choose any field and know you’ll receive a quality education. Other universities specialize in certain studies, and are quite strong within those limited areas. However, if you choose to go there and either change your mind on your major or wish for a more broad education, you may find the opportunities lacking. To me, Harvard is worth every penny of its very expensive tuition for these reasons – it combines a superb, expansive education with endless opportunities and incredible networking.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love it here. Part of Harvard’s appeal for me was the city setting. I grew up in a suburban neighborhood in Ohio, so Boston’s bustling atmosphere is very exciting and new for me. Harvard’s campus is mixed with the city, so I often have to walk along the streets to get where I need to go. There’s always plenty to do on Friday nights and weekends, since there are restaurants and malls within bus or subway distance. But the campus wasn’t the only reason why I chose the school, of course – I picked Harvard mainly because of the people. At Harvard, you’re surrounded by the best and the brightest from literally all over the world. My class contains students from every state in the US, as well as various countries elsewhere. It’s fascinating to meet these people randomly in the dining hall, share unique experiences, and become friends. My peers are not only from everywhere, but they are talented in so many areas. I love the opportunities I have to meet incredibly accomplished people, and to be a part of something greater than myself.

    Am learning a lot

    Yes, I learned a lot here, but really, you can learn a lot anywhere you go. Learning depends less on the college and more on the student – obviously, the more work you put into your education, the more you’ll get out of it. I’m a freshman at Harvard, so I’ve only completed a semester so far. However, I feel like I’ve learned a lot because I’ve tried my best to do so and get decent grades. I feel that this criterion (“Learn a lot”) really isn’t specific to the university. No matter where you choose to go, you decide how much you want to learn. For instance, chemistry at Harvard is like chemistry at any other university; it doesn’t matter how you spin it, a nucleus will contain protons and neutrons. You’d learn it the same way as well – memorization, practice problems, etc. You know the works. What’s unique about Harvard is definitely the resources. Since it is a large university with quite a bit of money, it’s strong in all its academic fields, not just a few. I spoke about this with a friend who attended a smaller university. Although he loved his experience there, he did mention that the research laboratories lacked some more expensive, high-tech equipment. Rest assured that you will not encounter this or similar problems at Harvard.

  • 07/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 out of 22 people found this review useful. 6 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Harvard University is the perfect atmosphere for students truly interested in learning because it is essential for them to passionately pioneer their academic endeavors with the plethora of opportunities available.

    Tips for prospective students

    I work closely with a few undergraduate admission officers and the application reviewing process is extremely personal. These admission officers basically “master” each applicant and present them to the admissions council, fighting like a lawyer for votes. A prospective student can make the job of an admissions officer easier by skillfully using the application to paint a detailed picture of himself/herself. Everything from writing style to activities is taken into account and the interview solidifies the perceived personality. Harvard is looking for genuinely intelligent AND kind people. I’ve heard of acceptances being rescinded because the students were rude to the office receptionist or student-host during a visit!

    Bang for the buck

    Several top tiered private schools advertise that their financial aid packages are amazing, but Harvard University is the only one that has supported their words with tangible proof. I received a more than generous financial aid package. They also have tons of unique financial aid programs such as a computer reimbursement program where the institution will reimburse up to $2,000 for a new computer and/or related gadgets. Depending on your financial situation, they will also give you money for winter clothes! Tons of grants are also available if you are interested in traveling/studying abroad or even if you would like to throw social events! The Office of Careers and Services, as well as other clubs on campus, will guide you along the grant application process as well! The only downside is that they only allow you to apply $4,000 of outside scholarship money to your fees. This policy stems from their philosophy that their financial requests are very reasonable and therefore you should be able to meet their requests. Any outside scholarships you receive that exceed the $4,000 is put in Harvard’s bank to use as they see fit.

    Am enjoying being here

    My transition to Harvard was definitely the most difficult thing I faced my first semester, but this was due mainly to personal issues such as a break up with my high school boyfriend and my grandmother falling ill. I was lucky to make strong connections with my peers early on; however, I still felt uncomfortable talking about family illness with my friends at Harvard and that was when faculty advisors became much needed helping hands. I found myself not only becoming close friends with my peers in my class, but everyone in the Harvard community - whether that was upperclassmen or faculty, it just seemed that we were all connected with this common Harvard thread and this network and these interpersonal connections are what made my first semester so amazing! Leaving my best friends at home was one of the most difficult - most tear filled nights ever, but knowing that my friendships in college would quickly supplement the relationships I had back at home provided me with a lot of needed comfort. I never really did understand diversity until I came to college and met internationals from parts of the world I didn't even know existed! Second semester, I definitely took on the most challenging courses I've ever faced but I'm still able to say that it was a beautiful semester because I struggled alongside my classmates. I know many prefrosh are concerned about the cut-throat stigma, but this definitely is a misconception. I tend to go out of my way to help others, even if this means sacrificing the few hours of sleep I normally get; but, this is common because I know a handful of my classmates have done the same for me. We generally all want each other to succeed. I guess this is because we realize we all have different contributions we offer, and together, these contributions have a synergistic effect. Harvard definitely has a competitive atmosphere, but I'm confident when I say all of my friends are competitive with themselves more so than with others - it's more of a fierce competition with ourselves and a friendly interpersonal competition.

    Am learning a lot

    Harvard University courses – even introductory classes – are phenomenal! You can tell that hundreds of years of experience have perfected their system - everything from how students select courses, to the way it is structured is perfect. The first week of every semester is called “Shopping Week” because students have the freedom of sitting in on as many classes as they would like without committing. This is not only a great way to ease into the rigors of each semester, but also get a good feel for the class material as well as the professor. There isn’t much competition for classes (except for the capped lotteried ones), but many classes will hire more Teaching Fellows if more students enroll than expected. I am a math and science-geared student so the majority of my classes are structured as so: a lecture (ranging from 30-600 students) by a professor a few times a week and then a section/discussion hour (10-12 students) with a Teaching Fellow/graduate student once a week, and perhaps a Laboratory class. Even though lectures can have hundreds of students, technology such as trivia-like answering buzzers have made the class very interactive. The professors usually have experience lecturing to a large crowd and have perfected how to entertain a large group. Since the discussion sections are so small, it is very intimate and all of the Teaching Fellows I have interacted with are more than willing to help you by holding extra office hours and/or answering emails extremely promptly. There is so much support from teachers as well as academic advisors that they ensure not only your academic, but also social success. After taking six classes in high school, the four classes that Harvard mandates sounds like a breeze, but it definitely is challenging, especially on top of extra-curriculars like athletics or public service. In high school, teachers spoon-feed you knowledge, telling you what you will be tested on and what you are expected to learn. However, in a university setting, professors will explain main concepts and expect that you extrapolate them independently (or with a group). This is very evident in the homework. In high school, the homework is oftentimes a tedious, repetitive practice of the class work. However, in college, the problem sets seem like new material you haven’t yet covered because you are expected to apply the concepts in class to new situations.

  • 12/28/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 25 people found this review useful. 7 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Smart, Ambitious, Bright, and Driven.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just apply. There is no reason to not. If you cannot afford it, they will pay for you. Financial aid is great. So is the school. Just apply.

    Bang for the buck

    You are definitely getting your bang for the buck. They really take care of you at Harvard. They make sure you have every available resource to succeed. You cannot go wrong going to Harvard.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really enjoy being at Harvard. At first I was a little leery. But the campus has really opened its arms for me and I am getting to know some really great people here. It is a great atmosphere.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a lot. Every student gets to take whatever classes he or she wants. You learn from a broad range of subjects and you get to learn from the best professors in his or her field.

  • 01/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 14 people found this review useful. 8 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Harvard is great for students are know how to maintain a balance between work and fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Before applying, I encourage you to visit Harvard so that you can get a feel for the place. Once you're sure you like the school, start your application as early as possible, check it over a few times, and make sure you are well prepared for your interview. If you are accepted, attend the visiting program - Harvard will probably provide you with transportation funds. Reach out to clubs you're interested ~ having contacts can never be a bad thing. Most importantly, ask questions.

    Bang for the buck

    Harvard has one of the best financial aid programs in the country, if not the best. If you are accepted, Harvard will definitely make sure that you have the monetary means to attend. For students who qualify, the school offers free tickets for events like dances and concerts, and there are even miscellaneous aid like a winter coat fund. Harvard definitely wants you to enjoy your college experience, it's even paying for me to have an ice skating lesson over winter break.

    Am enjoying being here

    The first month transitioning to college life was a little difficult, but Harvard a great number of students and proctors who are eager to reach out to you. During the first week, there are numerous bonding sessions for you to interact with others from your dorm entryway. Once classes and activities start, even more windows of opportunity open. Since foreign language classes meet everyday, you really get to know your classmates and will most likely end up hanging out with them outside of class. It might be harder to make friends in the bigger lecture classes, but if you reach out, you will find someone.

    Am learning a lot

    So far, my professors have been funny, intelligent, and friendly. The teaching fellows can be more of a hit or miss, but remember that you always have office hours with the professor. What is nice about Harvard is that it offers a shopping period, which allows you to sit in on a class before submitting your final schedule. As a result, I was able to weed out classes that I knew would not fulfill my expectations. Harvard also has general education requirements, and that allows me to explore subjects I've never explored before.

  • 08/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 14 people found this review useful. 9 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    HUPD always informs students of any wrongdoings on campus. There are always police officers on campus and blue boxes with buttons that you can press for assistance. Harvard is in the middle of a big city, so of course crime is to be expected. Just be careful and all will be well.

    Greek Life

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

    Clubs and Activities

    SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES

    Great for these types of students

    Type A students who love to learn and are ready to try new things, but know how to manage their time and relax when necessary.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Primal Scream- The friday before finals Harvard students gather to streak in a lap around Harvard yard. Very cold in the winter. Tourists gather to take pictures. Housing Day- Hogwarts meets Harvard on the day that housing assignments are given out. Freshmen stay up all night waiting. Upperclassmen gather at the John Harvard statue in the early morning. Then when letters come out, upperclassmen burst into the rooms of the freshmen from their house, celebrating and welcoming them with paraphernalia Peeing on the foot... you'll see.

    Bang for the buck

    Living, learning, and sharing ideas with some of the most intellectual, famous, interesting people in the world? An unlimited meal plan? Beautiful old buildings kept in pristine condition? A wonderful location? Priceless.

    What to do for fun

    Definitely suggest going to the many shows put on by the theater department every year. They are completely student run and generally very cheap. A capella groups are an amazing experience as well. The sports games are a ton of fun. If you ever find yourself bored on the weekend and not in the mood to party, there is always a great offering of free Harvard-sponsored events

    Food and Dining

    Tons of Mexican food around as well as little sandwich shops. There are plenty of great places to go out for coffee and there is a wonderful mix of chain and personal owned restaurants. Basically, whatever the budget, there is a place for you.

    Dorm Life

    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 world. There is never a reason to be bored

    Academic Rigor

    Make sure you are ready to work as hard as possible for the entire year. There is no down time. There are no breaks. School must be the top priority.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a group where you want to belong. Harvard is a big school with thousands of adventures waiting to be explored- don't try to tackle it alone.

    In three sentences

    Harvard is an absolutely incredible institution built on the principle of continual learning. Opportunities are endless and every day is a new experience. Worth mentioning: the professors are some of the most talented and prominent in their field.

  • 08/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 10 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking, passionate, a little bit dorky, outgoing people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a SPARK OF INSANITY in your essays. I wrote my first essay about how I flipped out at a fellow actor who wouldn't kiss me on stage. I wrote my second essay on the first time I discovered true acting, I ran from the room bawling because the emotion I was channeling was so overpowering. Now, the admissions people probably looked at my essays and said, Wow, this is girl is NUTS. Let's take her. Don't be afraid to show your crazy side; that's what they want to see.

    Bang for the buck

    Harvard is worth every penny that you spend. However, for every penny that you spend, you have to put in an equal equivalent of effort in order to reap the rewards of the school. A good education doesn't just present itself; you have to earn it.

    Am enjoying being here

    The party life and the extracurriculars are awesome. I've done UChoir, theatre, opera, and the Pre-Veterinary society. I work my butt off during the week, but I give my self at least one night a week to go out and rage. Harvard is a HUGE party school--don't be fooled by stereotypes.

    Am learning a lot

    Every day that I am on campus, I learn something new about myself, about the world, and what I can do to change the world. If it sounds empowering, that's because it is. I am an Organismic and Evolutionary Biology major and having the time of my life. The subject material is engaging and the difficultly level is extremely high, pushing myself to new limits and teaching me how to be a great self-learner.

  • 06/18/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    9 out of 45 people found this review useful. 2 people found this inaccurate. 11 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Excel in high school and in your community and do your best.

    Will enjoy being here

    I will probably enjoy being here, but its far away from home so I will miss my family dearly.

    Will learn a lot

    Obviously, I will learn a lot considering its an ivy league school and its one of the top three schools in the world. This is one reason why this school is my first choice colege

  • 01/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 10 people found this review useful. 12 of 68

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security is taken very seriously by Harvard. The Harvard Police Department is very hardworking and friendly. They are there to help students and keep them safe. Parents should feel very comfortable sending their children to Harvard. Harvard is in an expensive, safe, and beautiful city and the campus is highly protected.

    Greek Life

    There are final clubs and occasional parties for those who want a greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a wonderful selection of clubs for all types of people. There are COMPS, or mini tests to become part of a club, but they tend to be fairly easy and once you're in you can enjoy more of the learning and social networking experience.

    Great for these types of students

    Harvard is great for ambitious, determined, self-driven, innovative scholars. If you are intelligent and have leadership abilities chances are you are a great match for Harvard. Believe in yourself, work hard, and APPLY, and Harvard could be yours.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The people! At Harvard you will find people who will amaze you, you have no idea! You will teach and learn from others, and together the campus will glow with ambitious energy that characterizes the usually nocturnal, driven, intellectual, and friendly Harvardians.

    Bang for the buck

    Harvard is expensive, but if you qualify for financial aid then you're in luck since Harvard offers the best financial aid. In fact, Harvard is free if your family earns less than $60,000 a year! The classes, clubs, professors, living arrangements, location (Cambridge!), food, etc. are all great and worth the pricey Harvard price tag. Finally, the experience of a lifetime to be with the best and brightest is priceless!

    What to do for fun

    Spending quality time with your floor mates tends to be very fun, but if you are looking for more fun you can always join more clubs. They are quite fun and a wonderful learning experience. Some clubs even have free trips to foreign countries and free food! There are also many good concerts on and off campus of all types of music, and if they are off-campus many times Harvard students get discounts. The Freshman Formal is also a great highlight of the Harvard social experience.

    Food and Dining

    The food tends to be very good and healthy. If you are vegetarian you will find many menu options and a daily salad and sandwich bar. The dining staff also considers any suggestions and has the policy that is you don't see something you can ask if they have it in the kitchen and they'll bring it to you. There is also a grill, an on-the-go bagged lunch, and night snacks.

    Dorm Life

    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, but some make be average like those in Canaday, who are considered the worst, but really compared to other dorms in other colleges they are typical.

    Academic Rigor

    Harvard's academic reputation is well deserved as it places a heavy emphasis on learning through application and experience inside and outside the classroom. Its many courses are challenging, but very helpful in aiding students discover their strengths, passions, and new knowledge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to spend some quality time writing the essay and an supplemental essays. They should be inspiring, honest, and reflective of the unique person that you are. Take the most challenging courses you can and excel in them. Study hard for the SATs and you should be fine.

    In three sentences

    Harvard is a place of innovation and discovery. It is a community of scholars, who are very intelligent, ambitious, and collaborative. The most distinctive feature of Harvard is the vibrant energy that characterizes its student body, and that drives its scholars and world-renowned professors to work together, learn from each other, and help mankind.

  • 06/11/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    7 out of 47 people found this review useful. 2 people found it offensive. 4 people found this inaccurate. 13 of 68

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    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to get accepted to your dream college, achieve and excel.

    Will enjoy being here

    I`m not sure if I will necessary fit in.

    Will learn a lot

    Because it is an Ivy League school.

  • 07/29/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    6 out of 16 people found this review useful. 2 people found it offensive. 6 people found this inaccurate. 14 of 68

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    Great for these types of students

    I believe that Harvard is the type of college for students willing to do their work and have very high expectations and potential. Harvard is the home for over-achievers!

    Tips for prospective students

    Having not been Harvard, I don't know what it's like, but I can honestly say that, like any college or school, try your best and just have fun with it. I mean, you're only going to Harvard once right?!

    Bang for the buck

    From the information that I have researched, I have learned that Harvard has one of the best financial aid systems around. Although the tuition cost is very high, I know that Harvard will put their selves out there to allow as many students into their school, even if it means paying for them.

    Will enjoy being here

    I hear that Harvard is a huge school and I've never really been away from home longer than a week. I hope that I will be able to adjust very quickly. I've heard about many things that the people at Harvard do to make you feel welcome. I doubt that's going to change.

    Will learn a lot

    I haven't attend nor visited Harvard University, but definitely plan on doing so. With everything that I've heard about this college, I think I can definitely say that I am going to learn a lot there. I am only 13 years old, but by the looks of what everyone is saying, I think I am going to learn a lot at Harvard.

  • 06/09/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Will learn a lot

    This is such a prestigious school, with so much history and background, with great professors; I honestly do not see how I could not learn a lot from HARVARD.

  • 10/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 7 people found this review useful. 16 of 68

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    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers, those with open minds, and those who are ready for any challenge

    Tips for prospective students

    Be genuine in your applications, if you try and sell yourself too much it will show, but also make sure that the great things you've achieved (hopefully not just for the sake of achieving it) will shine through.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely having one of the best, if not the best, financial aid programs I can say that Harvard has helped me to afford a one of a kind education.

    Am enjoying being here

    The caveat I give is that your college experience is as much as you make of it, that being said the unique opportunities (such as studying abroad in Shanghai through a grant) to wonderful activities (playing Mariachi and traveling the US!) to meeting people from all over the world, each day is a new experience!

    Am learning a lot

    Ever since I walked onto Harvard Yard I have always been pushed to strive for more, challenged in ways I never knew, and it has made me a better student and person because of it. Not only in classes, but the new ECs I've joined, and the life experiences that have been afforded to me.

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 17 of 68

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    Campus Safety

    There are very few safety problems on campus, but we still live in a city so people should be aware.

    Greek Life

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

    Clubs and Activities

    There are more than 400 activities. Enough for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Harvard is the best for assertive students who can make themselves noticed even in large classrooms.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Harvard is the oldest university in the nation. It has developed its share of unique traditions over the years.

    Bang for the buck

    Harvard is extremely expensive. If you worked hard you could learn just as much at a less expensive university. That being said, Harvard does have amazing financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Boston. Hang out with friends. Order pizza while working on p-sets late at night.

    Food and Dining

    HUDS food is always just okay.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorm life can be awkward, especially in the Union dorms. However, house life (sophomore through senior year) is amazing :)

    Academic Rigor

    It is really up to you as to how difficult you want your courses to be. If you want to take only easy classes you can. If you want to be constantly challenged that is also an option.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a prospective student you should consider the balance you want to have between your work and your social life before you come here.

    In three sentences

    Harvard is an exciting, invigorating, challenging place that promotes and atmosphere of constant growth.

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 18 of 68

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe at Harvard, regardless of time of day or location. Robberies happen, but they are uncommon, and they almost exclusively happen to people walking alone through sketchy areas in the middle of the night while listening to music. Have a tiny bit of common sense and there is no danger at all.

    Greek Life

    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.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are something like 400 student organizations. Community service opportunities are especially distinguished. The Harvard Crimson is among the finest student publications in the country, and the only one that has its own printing presses. There are lots of ethnic and religious organizations that hold lots of events that usually have excellent food. Basically, there is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Most people are nerds in some way, but usually not stereotypical nerds. To succeed at Harvard you have to be smart and very motivated; you must be tolerant of people with different backgrounds. It helps to have a sense of humor, and human decency is highly valued. Beyond that, however, every kind of person exists at Harvard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are three things that every Harvard student, supposedly, must do before graduating: have sex in Widener Library, streak around Harvard Yard on the last night before finals begin (an event known as Primal Scream) and urinate on the statue of John Harvard.

    Bang for the buck

    Even if everyone had to pay the $50,000 a year, the value of a Harvard education is such that it would be worth every penny. As it is, Harvard's financial aid is unparalleled, making the services it offers available to all of the most qualified students, regardless of their financial need.

    What to do for fun

    If you like exploring libraries, you'Â?ve come to the right place. I'm only kidding a little bit: they are seriously awe-inspiring. If that's not your cup of tea, Harvard Square is the ideal college town, with lots of quality, affordable food (especially pizza), a movie theater, great places to walk and stuff open until 2:00 a.m. I'm told the party scene isn'Â?t what it is other places, but if you want to dance you can find somewhere to do it. Granted, I'm not the type for partying, but the environment and the people around me were so stimulating that I never found myself with a lack of things to do.

    Food and Dining

    People hate on the food because it isn'Â?t as good as everything else. It really isn'Â?t too bad, though; the quality is a symptom of preparing for 1,600 people in the same kitchen, and there is almost always something that is more than satisfactory to eat. (Also, that mostly applies to freshman dining; as an upperclassman, everything gets better.)

    Dorm Life

    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, and at least in my case it worked. My entryway had two proctors (R.A.'s) who were married with a baby, and they really pulled our group together, helping to create friendships that still exist a year later.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are hard. Your sleep schedule will likely become irregular and inadequate, and you may grow to like napping a lot. Actually, there is a lot of variation: If you are a math or science person, savor all the sleep you can get and prepare to spend lots of time in the library. Humanities concentrators, you'Â?ll have it easier--Â?at least until the end of the term when you have three papers and two finals all due in the same week. (I should add that classes at Harvard are the most amazing experience I have ever had. They are fantastic in every way.)

    Tips for prospective students

    If you get in, you want to come here. Don'Â?t be too intimidated: yes, everyone is smart and really impressive, but you are too! Everyone is awesomely accomplished, but each in a different way; the result is that everyone feels inferior to everyone else for a little bit, and then no one does and they settle into learning from each other.

    In three sentences

    It is everything you hear about and more. Harvard is a community of people who are magnificently varied in every way, but share strong motivation, intellectual curiosity and kindness. The College does a fantastic job of fostering a rigorous and exciting yet homely environment that fulfills every academic and social need.

  • 07/16/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 30 people found this review useful. 2 people found this inaccurate. 19 of 68

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    Great for these types of students

    It's a good school for students who wants to make a different in the world

    Tips for prospective students

    This school will give you the best education.

  • 05/07/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 6 people found this review useful. 20 of 68

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    Great for these types of students

    Driven, committed students who aren't willing to give less than the best.

    Tips for prospective students

    In your application, be a stand out. If there is one thing that separates you from your peers, be sure to include it.

    Bang for the buck

    Despite its high price tag, Harvard is worth every penny. For those in need, financial aid can save your skin. It did mine.

    Will enjoy being here

    If you have ever felt like you are a few steps ahead of your peers, at Harvard you will fit right in. All of these people are spectacular and intelligent, just like a strong applicant.

    Will learn a lot

    There is a reason that the academic environment at Harvard is so frequently lauded.

  • 01/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 21 of 68

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    Campus Safety

    hupd is ever-present, and nearly all gates into campus and the upperclassmen houses are locked after a certain hour.

    Greek Life

    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.

    What to do for fun

    with downtown boston a ten minute ride away on the t (subway), there is plenty to do ranging from concerts to red sox games at fenway to simply cruising newbury street for food and shops. harvard square is filled with great restaurants as well, although there is not much to do for fun directly adjacent to harvard.

    Food and Dining

    hit or miss. sometimes the food is pretty delicious. other times, improvisation is required to feel satisfied. the grill, a counter at each dining hall which allows you to get food made to order is invaluable.

    Dorm Life

    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 the bros. for girls however, the final clubs are accessible, so the social scene is better. after freshman year, many opportunities appear socially.

    Academic Rigor

    i came into harvard expecting the rigor to knock me down and make me feel like an idiot. it turns out that while classes are difficult, they are far from unmanageable. more difficult is managing your schedule and everything in it in addition to academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't lose sight of your goal of a great college during the hectic times of junior year and college apps. try to remain well rounded, taking the most rigorous courses available, and your persistence will pay off.

    In three sentences

    harvard has more to offer than you could imagine before coming here. the only problem is that there's no way to experience everything in only four years. everything here (from architecture to dorms to libraries to professors) is as good as it gets - except perhaps the sports teams.

  • 09/25/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    2 out of 29 people found this review useful. 6 people found this inaccurate. 22 of 68

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    Tips for prospective students

    Work Hard, Get Smart, Get Paid!

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive, yet working hard will surely get me there!

    Will enjoy being here

    Everything, I think this it a magnificant college!

    Will learn a lot

    I love Harvard because it has a lerning and educational experience that is phenomenal!

  • 07/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 23 of 68

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    Bang for the buck

    Top notch education and amazing financial aid offer. Best bang for the buck, hands down

    Am enjoying being here

    The social life is so-so compared to other schools, but other than that it is a very enjoyable four years. You will meet the most interesting folks among your peers.

    Am learning a lot

    I am getting the best education I could have imagined. The profs are terrific - not only are they world class but they also take an active interest in their undergrads. I have also cross-registered at MIT for some classes, which have also been great.

  • 08/29/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    2 out of 6 people found this review useful. 24 of 68

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    Bang for the buck

    it is quite expensive...what i pay now for law school but I'm sure a school like this on your resume will pay off.

  • 03/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 25 of 68

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    Campus Safety

    Cambridge is a very safe city, and there are hardly ever incidences that students need to be worried about.

    Greek Life

    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.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for everything here. And because the student body is so involved, the clubs get a lot of attention.

    Great for these types of students

    Motivated students who aren't afraid of hard work

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The night before exams start every semester, we have Primal Scream. Hundreds of students run naked around Harvard Yard yelling at the top of their lungs. It sounds strange, but it's so fun!

    What to do for fun

    There are countless organizations on campus, and everyone is a member of at least one. On the weekend there are always performances to go to and parties to attend. We stay busy at Harvard.

    Food and Dining

    Dining Halls are incorporated into the House system, with each House having its own dining hall. The dining halls of most Houses are beautiful and the freshman dining hall is breath-takingly gorgeous. The food is as repetitive as any other college dining program, but the quality is definitely above average.

    Dorm Life

    Students reside in Houses (Harry Potter style) that are the social center of the Harvard experience. 98% of students live on campus, which allows for a tight-knit community within the houses. Additionally, the Harvard dorms are gorgeous old colonial-style buildings. The living conditions on the inside of the buildings is pretty variable, and in some Houses rodents and crowded rooms can be expected. However, most students can expect single rooms within suites by sophomore or junior year.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at Harvard are certainly not easy and can be extremely competitive depending on your major. Classes are demanding and the work is hard, but it is worth it. At Harvard, we get to learn from professors who are the top in the field. This makes for a very rewarding academic experience. And while the work is difficult, there is no need to worry; the rumors about grade inflation are true.

    Tips for prospective students

    Throw yourself into your extra curricular activities. Every kid here had great grades in high school and excellent test scores. What will set you apart from other applicants to Harvard is your commitment to doing what you love.

    In three sentences

    Harvard is an academically challenging but extremely rewarding place to attend school. This school certainly lives up to its reputation. This is a school where you will have once-in-a-lifetime opportunities every single day, from studying with world-renowned professors to working on cutting edge research.

  • 01/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 26 of 68

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    Great for these types of students

    To survive here, you must be self-motivated and community-oriented. Additionally, the feeling of being inadequate compared to one's classmates is very common. Confidence coming into school will go a long way in ensuring you survive first semester.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Primal Scream occurs in Harvard Yard the midnight before finals period begins. Hundreds of people come to the Yard, strip down to nothing, and run a lap! It is a very exhilarating experiences. Basically everything at Harvard is steeped in tradition. We have a different name for everything, which may lead to some confusion when you tell someone that you are concentrating in HDRB, rather than majoring in it.

    Bang for the buck

    Harvard is not cheap, but if your family qualifies, financial aid is very generous. It is a true investment in your future. A Harvard degree is a strong starting place for any career, which means you will probably be able to pay off any debts you incur.

    What to do for fun

    Boston is so close! Take the T to see museums, aquariums and baseball games! Harvard Square and the surrounding area are full of restaurants of all types. I would also recommend brushing up on pool, ping pong, poker and foosball. There are places to play scattered all around campus, and these are a great way to pass the time and relieve stress! There are parties of course, but mostly on Friday and Saturday. It is rare to find anyone hungover on a Tuesday morning. Sporting events, (yes, Harvard is a Division 1 school), are also a great way to show your love for your school.

    Food and Dining

    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.

    Dorm Life

    Harvard cares very strongly about dorm life, since it is an invaluable part of community building. Freshman dorms are some of the best in the country, with many students having singles attached to a large common room for desks and entertainment. Upperclassmen houses are better still, if possible. Each house has its own dining hall, library, fitness room, and special feature, which could be anything from a rock wall to a pottery studio.

    Academic Rigor

    Harvard is all about seeking help when you need it. Your lectures will be challenging, your problem sets hard, and your exams still harder. However, there is a strong system of support in place for every class. Professors love to meet with students, and your classmates themselves are almost always willing to help. The image people have of a population of cutthroat, backstabbing library zombies is simply false.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do something nontraditional, and be confident. If you are considering Harvard, you find it easy to get an A in your high school classes. It is the time outside of those classes that determines who is accepted and who is not. A résumé a mile long typically speaks of loose involvement in many clubs for the sake of appearing well-rounded. More impressive are the students who have devoted themselves wholeheartedly to a true passion and have exceeded expectations in that field.

    In three sentences

    Harvard is a home for outstanding students, who love to learn for the sole purpose of personal development. Once you walk through Johnson Gate and touch John Harvard's foot for the first time, you are on a path to great things. Harvard is a lifetime institution; not merely a four year college.

  • 04/24/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 27 of 68

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    Campus Safety

    Harvard is on the edge of a city (Boston), but if you use street smarts and stay alert it is pretty safe. There is the occasional robbery, but it is not widespread.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs for anything. You will always find other people passionate about what you love, and you may even start a club with them if none exists.

    Great for these types of students

    People who are driven in their academics and extracurriculars (especially leadership roles).

    Bang for the buck

    Financial aid is amazing, and if you can afford the sticker price, then where else would be a better deal?

    What to do for fun

    Restaurants around Harvard and Porter Square and in Boston. Campus parties.

    Food and Dining

    HUDS food is pretty good, but the eating environment in the houses is wonderful and meals are all you can eat.

    Dorm Life

    The housing conditions are excellent and the organization into 12 undergraduate houses (like Harry Potter...) creates a community of support and friendships that will last a life time.

    Academic Rigor

    It's no MIT or UChicago, but Harvard is pretty hard as they come. You may not realize it while you're there, but Harvard definitely equips you well academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    Harvard is looking for people who will be the future leaders and difference-makers. There is a threshold of test scores and grades that needs to be met, but past that level it is really your passion for what you love that is important. Harvard wants to see that you will work hard and commit to whatever you decide is your path in life.

    In three sentences

    Harvard was a wonderful place full of opportunities that offered both breadth and depth of exploration. No matter the discipline, Harvard had fantastic resources. I had the opportunity to learn from and work with leaders in scientific and academic fields, and my classmates were as much a bountiful source of ideas and growth as my professors.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 68

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    Campus Safety

    Harvard has its own police department with the city of Cambridge, and there are always officers to find when you need them. HUPD (Harvard University Police Department) officers are very friendly and legitimately care about the students. They are all very approachable, more than you'd think for a cop, and they're fun to chat with!

    Greek Life

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

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 400 clubs/organizations on campus, which means that there is literally something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Motivated, driven to succeed, a want for academic expansion, personal enlightenment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a huge gate called Johnston Gate that students supposedly never enter or exit through except for twice their whole lives: once when you first arrive on campus in August, and once after you graduate as a senior. Legend has it that if you walk through any other time, you'll never graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    Harvard has a great financial aid program that makes it possible for every student to attend without hardship. If your family makes under about $75,000 annually, it is basically all covered. If your family makes a tad more than this, only a few percent of tuition is expected.

    What to do for fun

    There are a TON of clubs and organizations to join (over 400), which means that there is bound to be something that every student could join. There are several museums that are breathtaking, and virtually every building in Cambridge is free entrance to students with a Harvard ID.

    Food and Dining

    The food is absolutely incredible. I don't think I've ever seen another college campus with any comparable food. There are countless options for all types of eaters: vegetarian, vegan, Muslim, Jewish, and more. Meals vary every day, but basics are still maintained every day for the less adventurous eaters.

    Dorm Life

    I stayed with a couple current students there, and the dorm I was in was incredible. It had a lot of history, for it was where George Washington's men stayed at during the Revolutionary War. But rest assured, Harvard keeps the facilities upgraded and up to date.

    Academic Rigor

    I mean, it's Harvard. It's definitely going to be strenuous work, but with it comes a great overall college experience. There will be a lot of (analytical) writing, and I'm a bit nervous. But I have taken many AP courses that I believe will have prepared me for a bit of what I'm about to experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely keep your grades up in high school, while taking challenging courses like AP, IB, and Honors. Spread yourself out as much as possible within the realm of enjoying and taking pride in what you do. Start a club you are interested in, join organizations, do community service. When it comes to the essays of the application, read accepted essays! You really have to wow the admissions committee and stand out from the others. Start with something that absolutely grabs readers.

    In three sentences

    Harvard is an amazing place to study. Just being there evokes a sense of great potential knowledge and learning. The atmosphere is fantastic and the abundance of so much diversity is really going to be an experience.

  • 06/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 68

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    Campus Safety

    Excellent safety methods are maintained. Beyond the dorm heads, there a campus police and building securities that are very evident. There is even a fire station on campus.

    Greek Life

    There are a number of fraternities and at least one sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs and activities available for just about every hobby and social activity.

    Great for these types of students

    Harvard is great for students with an open mind in the appreciation of all races and ethnic backgrounds. Students who appreciate a rigorous academic life. Students who are willing to reach out and be a part of the social interactive opportunities that abound through their dorms, available clubs and classes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A library was extended underground to contain the massive number of books. The announcement of next Dorm House to Freshman students near the end of their first year is a big and fantastic fan fare by more advanced students.

    Bang for the buck

    With the plethora of museums, tours, libraries with exhibits, concerts, plays and notable people coming to speak, learning is constant.

    What to do for fun

    There are many events throughout the year to attend. Some are organized by the University, some are by local organizations in the city. Many are by clubs. There is so much to do, students need to be disciplined in keeping a proper balance between their studies and all the fun and educational things to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food is obtained by self serving. Atmosphere is a pleasant dining experience, rather than cafeteria type of venue. Dining halls are open for most of the day. Students are able to go online and see what is available for all meal times. Students have their favorite meals.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorm life is wonderful. Freshman are housed in an area that is close to the administrative departments for the transition into college life. Dorm mates are coordinated to the best possible combinations in students' likes and dislikes. The freshman dorm rooms are spacious and as well furnished as possible.

    Academic Rigor

    Maintaining a full load of courses in each semester is very time consuming. Some would categorize the academic rigor as intensive. Academic rigor is manageable if student is astute and keeps up with learning and projects at the required pace.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pay close attention to application deadlines. Make use of counselors in planning courses to take. Be open to meeting and interacting with people with different backgrounds and views, while bringing your own to the table.

    In three sentences

    There are so many fantastic courses in so many disciplines, I could spend a lifetime here. The staff in all areas are super supportive and professional. The access to learning materials, libraries, professors, tutors and counselors are impressive in their support of students' success.

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 68

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    Bang for the buck

    If you make less than $180,000 a year your tuition is free at the college. Other schools of Harvard also have great financial aid. You can take classes at the Extension or Summer schools for some really affordable prices, too.

    What to do for fun

    -Television -Beer tasting (I'm on a bit of a mission to try as many kinds available in Harvard Square as I can- check out John Harvard's or Cambridge Common sometime) -Comic books -Bowling

    Food and Dining

    The food's good for a college caf.

    Academic Rigor

    Having taken classes at Harvard Summer School before, I know firsthand that the lecturers at Harvard are the real deal. And with some of the greatest minds of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, you're sure to be challenged intellectually at any of Harvard's schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply. You'll never know if you don't.

    In three sentences

    Harvard is consistently ranked as the leader of American postsecondary schooling. People freak out when I tell them I'm going to Harvard. Some of the world's most money, greatest minds, and resources are available here.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    The beach and city are right by so well, use your imaginaton.

    Food and Dining

    It's great!

    Dorm Life

    I haven't experienced this quite yet but I do hear alot of rowd people.

    Academic Rigor

    It's Harvard.You have to have interviews to even be considered. It's hard work only the best enter through these doors.

    Tips for prospective students

    I have no idea

    In three sentences

    It's Harvard what more can I say? the campus is really pretty. I can sense the competition

  • 01/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security is solid at every gate into campus and can be called for any emergency.

    Greek Life

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

    Clubs and Activities

    Harvard has more clubs and student-run organizations to count! They are each geared for specific interests and talents and there is something for everyone. From clubs to athletics, everything brings something special.

    Great for these types of students

    Simple: Students who love to learn, who are driven and determined. Someone with big ideas and big aspirations.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are always new places to explore on this campus, old and new. As for traditions, those are definitely unusual and unexpected, but cannot be divulged here. (:

    Bang for the buck

    Harvard's financial aid program is to die for. They work with you to make your education affordable, and the experience is more than worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Right outside of Harvard's main campus is Harvard Square, with great shops and places to eat. Beyond that, is a T Station that puts all of Boston at your finger tips. You can go shopping in the North End, go see the amazing historical sights like Freedom Trail, a concert, improv show, or any of Boston's professional sports teams [Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, Bruins]. Plus, there's always fun stuff to do on campus!

    Food and Dining

    Every college has ups and downs with dining hall eats. Sometimes the only negative is getting there early enough to make sure you get that slice of prime rib. There's always a good variety though, you will find something you like!

    Dorm Life

    When you fill out your housing application for Harvard, freshman year, they do a fairly good job placing you with people whom you share interests with, but also with people with vastly different experiences. You meet a plethora of different people here, and within dorm life is where the diversity begins. Actual dorms aren't bad either, you just have to remember that Harvard is pretty old, although they do keep up with renovations, not to worry!

    Academic Rigor

    Harvard is a highly rigorous school, but it's more about what you put into it that's going to decide your success rate.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do: Stay calm. It's intimidating, but one of the most welcoming and supportive communities I have ever been a part of. Don't: Listen to stereotypes. People here all have something special about them, just because everyone can't get in, doesn't mean the people who do are over-privileged, or undeserving. Students here are very down to earth, humbled and grateful.

    In three sentences

    Harvard is an old world school that truly surpasses the test of time. You are surrounded by some great minds, but more importantly, some truly driven personalities from all over the world. Harvard brings tradition into everything aspect of college life, and has a high standard of excellence for all endeavors taken.

  • 04/04/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Out of all the Universities I've been accepted to, Harvard's financial aid package was the absolute best.

    What to do for fun

    This past summer I spent six weeks in the Boston area. It was a great city, with lots of things to do. The college town atmosphere is also really cool.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining in the Boston/Cambridge area is awesome!

    Academic Rigor

    As one of the top universities in the country, I'm sure Harvard's academic rigor is top-notch.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be involved in extracurriculars that YOU care about and in your college app essays, write about something that's meaningful to you and will help your voice come through and stand out.

    In three sentences

    I've been accepted here and I'm likely to attend. I'm going to attend their VISITAS program for accepted students in 15 days!!

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can jump into the Charles River, kayak down the Charles, eat at the Kong, pee on the John Harvard statue, scale buildings at MIT, climb rock walls in Lowell House, meet Matt Damon or Yo-Yo Ma, attend Octoberfest, see live concerts, see the ballet, take a bus to NYC, join an a Capella group, start your own technology startup, run naked in Primal Scream, take a shot at every house during River Run, and more!

    Food and Dining

    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.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are beautiful and all different. They're not huge, but what dorm is? Some have fireplaces (granted, you can't use the fireplaces anymore). Expect to live on campus all 4 years.

    Academic Rigor

    It's hard. Really hard. Not unbearably hard, but you should definitely be willing to spend 5+ hours every night on schoolwork. Also, expect the occasional all-nighter.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a passion and follow it outside of school. Obviously you need to keep your grades near-flawless, but they also want to see that you have a life outside of textbooks.

    In three sentences

    Harvard University is preppy, nerdy, and magical. Of course it has some of its stereotypes, but in the last coupled of years it's worked really hard to move away from them. In my opinion, it has the right mix of students to support growth outside the classroom.

  • 08/13/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Is it easy to get in?

  • 01/12/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Improve three things: academics, character, and involvement.

    In three sentences

    Harvard is a beautiful school with an immense diversity of students, academics, and clubs. Harvard admits the best of the best, but that doesn't only apply to grades or test scores. They want leaders with an understanding and love for the world around them.

  • 03/09/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    pretty elegant food.

    Dorm Life

    Pretty laid back, but strict.

    Academic Rigor

    It is one of the best schools in the world.

    In three sentences

    THE BEST SCHOOL ON EARTH. THE BEST MEDICAL PROGRAMS. THE BEST LAW SCHOOL.

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 38 of 68

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    i mean there is always primal scream...

    What to do for fun

    there is everything available!!! you live very near to boston! take the time to go into the city sometime and experience!

    Tips for prospective students

    just take it one day at a time.

    In three sentences

    i love it so far. on a scale from one to ten it is definitely an 8.5. it was hard to transition as a freshman but they provided a lot of help from tfs.

  • 03/04/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    ought to be good.

    Dorm Life

    ought to be very interesting due to the diversity in students.

    Academic Rigor

    from my research it definitely looks very competitive- but that's exactly how i'd like it!

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Willing to take risks and experience new things.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Education school classes always start 10 minutes after the official start time.

    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything.

    Food and Dining

    Tons of great places to get all types of food, or just grab a beer and burger with your friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of every opporunity thrown your way!

    In three sentences

    For graduate students in the education field, you cannot find a better school. Fantastic professors, endless opportunities for learning and networking, and great preparation for life after school. It lives up to its name.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I've heard they have really great food.

    Dorm Life

    I've never stayed in or seen one of the dorms yet, but I bet they're good.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Read, Watch t.v., Chat with friends

    Dorm Life

    Ever since i was young i had a dream to be a nurse and i would act like i was a doctor and when i was in 4th grade i dreamt of attending Harvard University

    Academic Rigor

    Well its okay i have a few A

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say to work hard and make your dreams come true

    In three sentences

    Well im still in high school in my sophmore year but im interested in this college

  • 05/26/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a club, study group, or private research area. Harvard is exceptionally accommodating.

    Tips for prospective students

    From my research, Harvard has an excellent security system to protect students and it starts on the student ID cards. There are computer chips integrated into the identification cards that only allow selected individuals to enter private rooms. For those with security concerns, a brick may be lifted from you mind.

    In three sentences

    Harvard is historically inspiring and multifarious in business prospectives.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I AM IN LOVE WITH HARVARD UNIVERSITY. I HOPE AND PRAY THAT THE SCHOOL GRANT ME ADMISSION TO STUDY HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT. I WILL DEEM IT A PRIVILEGE AND AN HONOR.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Adequate, if you are accepted, odds are you will get a reasonable scholarship

    Academic Rigor

    It's Harvard... need I say more?

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Amazing financial aid and amazing education.

    What to do for fun

    It's outside Boston so there is never nothing to do.

    Food and Dining

    Annenberg (the freshman dining hall) is in one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen. Chefs in each d-hall cook food to order.

    Dorm Life

    The house system for upperclassmen is one of the major selling points of the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    A Harvard degree is marvellous, but I have heard rumors of grade inflation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be very well-rounded in high school, as this is the only way you can get in.

    In three sentences

    Harvard has a fantastic campus and is the most selective college in the country. It is also the oldest college in America and has a tradition of excellence. Many famous people went here.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I didn't review food and dining much but most reviews are generally that the food is acceptable but not delicious, however, the campus is near various restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    First year students must live in dorms. Most upperclassmen prefer to stay in the dorms because they meet like-minded individuals.

    Academic Rigor

    The majority of info I received prove that Harvard is a tremendous educational facility.

    Tips for prospective students

    Though I only researched the college a major thing is doing activities that typical teens don't partake in. Also keep your grades up and stick to extracurriculars that you enjoy.

    In three sentences

    Harvard pears an excellent liberal arts education with a great area, excellent dorm rooms and tremendously notable alumni.

  • 09/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Depends on the person. There are usually bigger and better parties elsewhere.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs early.

    In three sentences

    Competitive. Confident. Conservative.

  • 11/28/2012

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    In three sentences

    I love the campus and opportunities at Harvard! This had been my dream school for several years know and I hope to visit the campus in the summer! I'd love to hear more about Harvard's Medical School.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Protective Services there

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do @ Harvard Food Games And Fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    They will bless you @ this school because they do what they have to do the should be the collage of the decade. They are very Responsible

    In three sentences

    Harvard University appears to be the best college ever thank you Harvard . YOUR THE BEST IN THE WHOLE WORLD

  • 01/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have walked everywhere around town by myself, sometimes in the dark, and I have felt very safe even as a female by myself. I have gotten lost a few times, and each time I have been given wonderful directions by friendly, helpful people.

    Great for these types of students

    It's an incredible deal, perfect especially for adults wanting to go back to school, as the average age of the student population is 35. It's a much better way to channel your mid-life crisis than the stereotypical tales!

    Bang for the buck

    Harvard Extension School is an amazing deal. When started over 100 years ago by the current Harvard University President at the time, he stated �it would seem to be the duty of every institution of learning in this country to use its resources for the benefit of the surrounding community.� And Harvard Extension School continues to do today by making their prices affordable, and admittance less exclusive.

    What to do for fun

    Harvard Square is full of places to shop, eat, and socialize. There are nearby theaters to view talented productions of different plays and musicals, and museums to explore, all within walking distance. Harvard is also located conveniently close to the subway system that can get you around to nearby Boston for a few dollars. If weather permits, plan on walking the Freedom Trail or along the harbor in Boston.

    Food and Dining

    There are many nearby cafes and restaurants at Harvard square you can walk to and grab a bite to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I am not staying at a dorm and can't give information on the topic.

    Academic Rigor

    It is the academic rigor you would associate with Harvard. This is not an easy degree to earn, and you must pass 3 courses to be considered for admittance into the degree program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Read thoroughly about the program on their website at www.extension.harvard.edu before applying to make sure you have all the details taken care of. Although many of the required classes for the degree are available online, you will need to meet the on campus requirement for four courses, which can be taken during winter or summer session. Consider the cost of staying near campus for those four courses when considering this degree.

    In three sentences

    Harvard Extension School offers the Harvard education to well-qualified people in any walk of life, available mostly online and at an extremely reduced price. The education is high quality and helps you develop and grow, becoming a better communicator and writer, making it the deal of the century. The teachers are top-notch and care about bringing the students to the next level.

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Harvard is a beautiful, elite school. It is very selective but promises a good learning environment and overall an enjoyable experience. If you are lucky enough to get in, definitely go here.

  • 03/08/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Obviously, quality academics are a must here. But they also have a good student life and stimulating dorm life. Seems like a great choice.

  • 04/03/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I would rate Harvard a ten for sure. Everything about them says sophisticated education. Their website, the name, every detail is obviously carefully put together. I love the care and effort they have put into their site as well. It really says something when a college puts their heart and soul into their site. I think this is definately the college for me. They are as dedicated towards their design as I am toward my schoolwork, and that is reassuring. Too many times, I have seen colleges snap booklets and web pages together. It's different when a college has genuine care for the assignments they complete.

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Study very hard. Do well on standardized testing.

    In three sentences

    Harvard has opportunities for all students. The faculty are the smartest in their fields. The campus has a great atmosphere.

  • 05/04/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Academic Rigor

    I have a question.. does the students who get in are all valedictorians or people like them.. ?

  • 05/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security and the local Cambridge police are phenomenal. One needn't worry about this facet of college life. While Cambridge certainly has its fair share of homeless individuals, one's safety never feels compromised.

    Greek Life

    I have no experience with Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have over 400 student clubs and activities, all of which are spearheaded by strong student leaders. There truly is a club or activity for every interests. From running to yoga to environmentally conscious groups - we have everything!

    Great for these types of students

    This University is great for city lovers, academics, intellectuals, those thirsting for knowledge and academic rigor, much interpersonal contact with professors and staff, students looking for a solid alumni network. Student who thrive at HU (Harvard University) are self starters, humble and very down to earth.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I've never seen a program quite like HARVARD ONE event before. This is a yearly tradition, if you will. The program is targeted towards minority student, and favors a smooth transition to Graduate School. A beautiful building on campus is the Business School. This is a guaranteed mandible dropper! Exquisite!

    Bang for the buck

    If you are really really interested in expanding your personal and intellectual horizons, Harvard University is for you. The academic, experiential training - meeting people from all over the world, be it current students, alumni or visiting speakers and researchers, are unparalleled. Be prepared to be impressed, very impressed!

    What to do for fun

    There are many events going on simultaneously; and ALL are at our disposal across schools. It is incredible. There is never a dull moment in Cambridge. Harvard Square alone can occupy an entire day. There are restaurants, museums, shops, galore.

    Food and Dining

    Harvard University boasts a delectable dining experience.

    Academic Rigor

    I maintain that regardless of the program that you pursue, the academic rigor is high caliber. You are attending class with some of the brightest, hardworking and motivated people in the world - national and international.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, friends. Go to Open House - they are FOR you! I attended an Open House last year and was amazed at how comfortable I felt in the environment. Do not make an suppositions based on the prestige of the school. The students, faculty and staff - well, the population I've been exposed to - are down-to-earth and all about helping you find a right fit. Do not sell yourself short! Apply! Ask for guidance, and again APPLY.

    In three sentences

    Harvard University in general has a phenomenal alumni network. The professors and staff are wholeheartedly committed to the all encompassing development of all students - undergraduate or graduate. The institution is also committed to diversifying the student population - diversity of ethnic/racial origin and diversity of thought and belief system.

  • 05/20/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    There are 13 dining halls serving food from different cultures and regions of the world.

    Dorm Life

    Again, this is purely from what I have read, but all the dorms seem to be in excellent conditions compared to other colleges around the world.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I have heard, the levels of education are extremely high and there is a wide variety of topics to study in the classroom, in a lab or doing practicals.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best tip I can give as a non-student is do your best and everything is possible... I myself am still too young to apply, about four years young... But I will get there. For sure.

    In three sentences

    Harvard is probably the best university out there, with its great facilities and diverse system. That is why the levels that you need to get there are so high, but it's probably worth every minute. Do not give up on your quest to reach the top, it will pay off.

  • 05/23/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Primal Scream.

    Bang for the buck

    Best school in the country with some of the best financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    Boston.

    Food and Dining

    Excellent. And the Freshman Dining Hall looks like Hogwarts.

    Dorm Life

    Haven't been, but you get a suite as a freshman.

    Academic Rigor

    Best school in the country...

    Tips for prospective students

    Distinguish yourself from the crowd, make and keep contact with your admissions counselor.

    In three sentences

    The financial aid is amazing. The school is amazing. Boston is amazing.

  • 06/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The weekends, if you put a little effort to explore, can be more than exciting.

    Food and Dining

    You won't find a master chef at Harvard but will surely find some great food.

    Dorm Life

    The friends that you will share your dorms with will last forever.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics is competitive yet always intriguing and absorbing

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to have the best 4 years of your life!

    In three sentences

    I've never met such talented and extraordinary group of people before college. Finding the right balance is key. I wish college was more than 4 years.

  • 07/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ive never felt unsafe, as a woman. Security is around and there are emergency lights. All doors lock, we have swipe ID access cards.

    Greek Life

    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.

    What to do for fun

    -join extracurriculars -club and IM sports -go into Boston -attent sporting events -relax with friends -volunteer -join a band

    Food and Dining

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

    Dorm Life

    Fantastic residential housing system allows students to bond with a smaller group of peers. Personalized in-house advising system is a big plus. Students are super friendly. Freshman entry way system is brilliant.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are definitely challenging, but students are excited to learn. Easy access to professors and graduate student teaching fellows as needed. Honestly the hardest thing is managing your time between the things you need to do for class and the things you want to do for your extracurriculars.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Work hard in high school to get a good GPA, AP scores, and test scores on the SAT or ACT. 2. Do community service or participate in extracurricular activities to stand out from the crowd. 3. Figure out what it is that you're passionate about and demonstrate that to the admission team. Quality beats quantity every time.

    In three sentences

    Harvard offers an unbeatable team of professional faculty. You will have access to more opportunities to do research, art, politics, activism, and more than ever before. Students come from an incredible variety of backgrounds.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Study!!!

    Food and Dining

    Great foods

    Dorm Life

    Beautiful dorm and friendly community.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging classes but enjoyable.

    In three sentences

    Online Harvard seem to be one of the best school in the world. I agree is hard to get in, but hey nothing good ever come easy in life.

  • 08/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of extracurricular activities you can find within the university and in the Boston area.

    Tips for prospective students

    Follow your dreams and persevere!

    In three sentences

    A truly world-class university! It provides you a challenging academic experience. You'll be far better after you take classes here.

  • 09/17/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Just learn some more!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to get to college, make sure you start preparing now

    In three sentences

    Harvard seems like a good college.

  • 03/05/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The school is amazing. The professors rock. The atmosphere is perfect.

  • 04/28/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I really can't believe how beautiful the campus is!

  • 06/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's never a dull moment!!

    Food and Dining

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

    Dorm Life

    LOVE the house system

    Academic Rigor

    It's not easy, people tend to have a work hard, play hard attitude (emphasis on the former) so they tend to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you're interested in, use the Q guide!

    In three sentences

    Nothing short of amazing. My classmates and extracurricular activities have made my experience incredible. I never understood just why everyone was obsessed with the school, but now I'm there I absolutely love it and understand what differentiates it from every other school in the country.

  • 07/20/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    No idea.

    Food and Dining

    I have no idea.

    Dorm Life

    It's a residential university that only accepts the best students that are under incredible pressure almost constantly. There are times in which you study and then there are the times you don't.

    Academic Rigor

    One of the most challenging schools, academically speaking. If you get accepted, you will be expected to give it everything and more.

    Tips for prospective students

    I don't have any tips to give but I appreciate all the wonderful reviews available for my perusal.

    In three sentences

    Harvard University is one of the top universities I have been looking into. I am looking forward to applying by Early Action at this university.Harvard has a beautiful campus that is full of history, some of the best academic programs in the nation, and some of the most caring and driven staff and students in America.