Coronavirus Update: Our team is here to help our clients and readers navigate these difficult times. Visit our Resources page now »

Skip to Main Content

Harvard University

Overall School Rating
8 Ratings

4.5 out of 5 Stars

3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Star
0

8 Student Reviews

Sort by

“Gold Standard”
January 2018FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Quality of education is incomparable

The prestige of the college will remain with you for a life time

Downers

There is a lot of competition and pressure

New England winters can be brutal

Comments

This is the university that all other educational institutes are measured against. You will receive an education that rivals any other university.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Transformative Experiences”
August 2017FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Access to opportunities and mentors, inspiring peers, amazing residential housing system and generally caring house administrators and faculty.

Downers

Enormous institutional bureaucracy, somewhat resistant to change and taking ownership of certain school wide issues (sexual assault, access to social spaces), inclusivity across class divisions difficult.

Comments

Overall, it was an incredible experience and given the opportunity I would choose and do it all over again. Be prepared to be challenged academically and personally. Harvard still has many issues surrounding inclusivity across axes of race, gender, and class so if you're from a "non traditional" background, be prepared to be confronted with these tough issues and seek out support systems early!

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Terrific undergrad experienc e”
July 2017FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Powerful worldwide network in every industry; diverse course offering and lots of mentorship.

Downers

WASPY and not always the healthiest social scene - some elitism and exclusivity at social events.

Comments

If you want the typical rowdy residential college experience, Harvard may be a bit formal and serious. That said, it was still the best 4 years of my life. I am more introverted and don't need to party 4 nights a week. So for me it was a good balance. I loved my peers and professors, had multiple grants to work and volunteer abroad, and have benefited from the Harvard brand ever since.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Best school in the world”
December 2016CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

Easy enough to say, Harvard is the number 1 college in the world

Downers

Full of spoiled rich kids who came in through parents

Comments

Be born really lucky or a complete genius. Otherwise no chance

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Harvard Review”
February 2016CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

Rigorous academics, great social life, networking opportunities, proximity to Boston

Downers

Lack of greater support for international students, inadequate dining food quality

Comments

I would suggest all potential students to take a challenging courseload before coming here.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Challenging and eye-opening experience”
January 2016FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Resources - while at times difficult to navigate, University has an unrivaled breadth of resources available for students.

Downers

Difficult to navigate at times - a lot of bureaucracy and redundancies.

Comments

It is one of the best -- if not the best university in the world. It will challenge you, it will motivate you, it will at times crush you - but depending on how you choose to handle each challenge thrown your way: you can walk away with one of the best educations and experiences available.It's what you make of it.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Courses are what you make them - Network is invaluable”
July 2015CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

Peers are incredibly impressive and driven, the connections you make are more valuable than anything taught in the classes. Grade inflation. Anyone who tells you it doesn't happen is lying. Name that everyone knows and respects.

Downers

Competition surrounding every aspect of life: everyone is constantly trying to one-up the next person. Easy to miss out on a lot of things when always measuring yourself versus your peers instead of enjoying the moment.

Comments

Social life is dominated by the final clubs. If you're in one it's great, if you're not, it can be kind of tough, especially as a guy.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Great place to learn from great people”
July 2015FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

The extremely engaged and active student body. The number of student organizations and dedicated students is dizzying. The number of weekend parties in the dorms and on campus means there is always something to do. The requirement that everyone eat in the dining halls creates a sense of community and comraderie.

The access to the politically connected fits the school's reputation.

Downers

The weather. The amount of time people spend studying and worrying can be intense.

Comments

If you are passionate about learning, and enjoy meeting others that feel the same way, there is no better place to be. People are truly nice and cooperative. I did not study alone for a single class, despite having an initial aversion to study groups. There is truly a sense that everyone is in it together.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“”
Uppers Downers Comments Would You Recommend

Academics Quality of Life Admissions Level Graduation Year