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Harvard College Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 3,009 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

49% Women
51% Men


NCAA Division I-AA

Ivy Group

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


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


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

Services & Housing

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

Clubs & Organizations

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

Safety Statistics

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

Notable Alumni

  • Bill Gates (Attended 1973-1975), Founder of Microsoft
  • e.e. Cummings [Class of 1916], Poet
  • Former presidents of the United States: Franklin D. Roosevelt, George W. Bush, John F. Kennedy, John Quincy Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, John Adams
  • Henry David Thoreau [Class of 1837], Famed philosopher and author of Walden and Civil Disobedience
  • John Updike [Class of 1954], Author
  • Lou Dobbs [Class of 1967], News anchor and host
  • Michael Crichton [Class of 1964], Author of Jurassic Park
  • Natalie Portman [Class of 2003], Actress
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson [Class of 1821], Poet and author
  • Yo-Yo Ma [Class of 1976], Famous composer and musician
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Current Sophomore
  • 4
  • I actually really like how freshmen all eat in the same dhall, you make friends there before you move into the Houses, so you'll have friends outside of them. House…

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  • Cat from Cambridge, MA
  • 5
  • The advisers, especially freshman year, are absolutely incredible and foster an amazing sense of family. Plus, imagine living among some of the most talented and intellectually stimulating students in the…

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  • Aus10
  • 2
  • I was in a suite of six guys this last year, with a size comparable to an abnormally large shoebox. No internal cooling, but there is heat for the winter.…

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  • Sarah from Manchester, NH
  • 5
  • 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…

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  • 4
  • The dorms or living arrangements can vary very much. Some students live in suites, others in singles and doubles. Some dorms are very large and beautiful, like those in Apley,…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 1
  • Jake
  • I am a current student here

    All food ends at 7:15pm, and you have to prepay it all at the beginning of the year (no choice of meal plan). So basically you pay 20 dollars per meal that you won't eat, and end up having to spend money every night in the overpriced Harvard square eateries just to get food.

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  • 4
  • Aus10
  • I am a current student here

    Most students complain loudly about the quality of food here, but they have obviously never been to public school. It's really fine, some days better than others, but it keeps you alive.

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  • 4
  • Severus Snape
  • I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    As I have not yet visited campus, I cannot comment on this, but I have heard that it's good.

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  • 4
  • Kayla
  • I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    You can explore and eat. Most like to go into the city and eat off campus but going into the dining hall you can get mixed with all grades and have a grand time.

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  • 2
  • Chelsy, from Wisconsin
  • I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    pretty good plenty things to eat on campus besides the dining hall ive heard

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  • 4
  • Current Sophomore
  • I am a current student here

    Meal plan is unlimited, and dining halls double as social spaces. The freshman dining hall is cool and historical, as well as conveniently located, the food isn't as good there as the Houses, but it's not bad. The food gets better the less central the dhall. HUDS is really responsive to feedback and the workers are usually really friendly and helpful. The food, in comparison to other colleges, is mostly average (with both really good and bad days), but there is always something to eat �¢���� if not in the main options at least at the grill.

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  • 4
  • Lenny from Brooklyn, NY
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    It depends on your own taste on which you eat on a daily occurrence also what your able to eat.

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  • 3
  • Arlett from Monticello, MN
  • I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    I heard from another individual that the food is not very good, but that is a matter of opinion.

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  • 3
  • Kayleen from Westfield, MA
  • I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    I don't know, I haven't been on campus to eat. There are some great pizza places and a mexican restaraunt within walking distance!

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Jake
  • I am a current student here

    R.I.P. Greek Life. Administrators are bent on destroying the one positive aspect of college that could've helped improve Harvard's social life.

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  • 0
  • Aus10
  • I am a current student here

    Disclaimer: The current president (Drew Faust, stepping down in 2018) and Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana are trying to shut down anything that even resembles greek life or single gender organizations. Starting with the Class of 2021, if you join an "Unrecognized Single Gender Organization," you will be barred from being President of any recognized organization on campus, and the faculty aren't allowed to write letters of recommendation or support students looking toward opportunities such as Marshal or Rhodes scholars. If you want to be supported by the administration with your activities, don't come here for Greek Life. There is rampant gender discrimination by the administration pertaining to this issue as well, with different standards for all-male and all-female organizations. The administration moving forward is handling this matter excessively poorly, so I would recommend looking somewhere else if this is on your must-do list. That said, all of my interactions with Greek organizations have been excellent. The people are really all top notch and a lot of fun. Final Clubs are a little more sketchy/edgy, but they're also an option I suppose.

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  • 0
  • student from Chicago
  • I am a current student here

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

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  • 0
  • Zoe from Las Vegas, NV
  • I am a current student here

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

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  • 0
  • Cat from Cambridge, MA
  • I am a current student here

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

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  • 0
  • Frederic from Scarsdale, NY
  • I am a current student here

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

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