Harvard College is an undergraduate liberal arts school located in Cambridge, MA, within Harvard University. Founded in 1636, this private, very selective, Ivy League college is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and was named for its first benefactor, Reverend John Harvard. Students spend their first year and a half creating their own study plans with an academic advisor before joining one of the college’s 50 concentrations (majors) with the choice of 40 secondary fields (minors). Students also have access to a variety of labs, museums, and libraries, including a music library, Library on the History of Women in America, map collection, an arboretum, Harvard Innovation Lab, anatomical museum, herbaria, Center for Astrophysics, Harvard Forest, and more. One in five students attend at no cost to their families, and more than half of the student body receives financial assistance.
The students are great, teamwork is encouraged (I've heard from transfers that it is to a unique degree), there are a lot of ambitious people but nobody is too competitive. There are a million things to do, in terms of academics, extracurriculars, and events. It is true, however, that going to school with a bunch of smart ambitious people makes you question your abilities and it's harder to be at the top of the curve here, but I love it here nevertheless.
Harvard University is truly among the most exclusive schools to be found anywhere on the globe. Attending such a prestigious University is very humbling, because when an institution takes the most knowledge thirsty minds from around the world and puts them all in one place, not a day goes by that isn't a learning experience. The only thing that every student at this school has in common is that they applied, so don't hesitate.