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Harvard University Campus Life

Campus Size

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

Gender Breakdown:

49% Women
51% Men

Athletics

NCAA Division I-AA

Ivy Group

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports

Coaches

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

Diversity

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

Services & Housing

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

Clubs & Organizations

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

Safety Statistics

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

Notable Alumni

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

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

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

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

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

  • Jan-19-2012 Read More

Reviews

Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Arlett from Monticello, MN
  • Jun-08-2015 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
  • Mar-25-2015 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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  • 4
  • Bri from Arkansas
  • Sep-24-2014 I am a current student here

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

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

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

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Fard from Atlanta, GA
  • May-13-2015 I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    I am not seeking to pledge but, there are plenty of fraternities.

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  • 0
  • student from Chicago
  • Jul-06-2013 I am a current student here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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