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Harvard Student Life

Harvard is on a 380-acre campus in an urban setting in Cambridge, Massachusetts, not far from Boston. There are many activities and organizations for Harvard students to participate in – band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

Harvard does not have fraternities or sororities.

Harvard has a thriving Phillips Brooks House Association. In fact, more students participate in Phillips Brooks House Association than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at Harvard include Asian-American Association, International Relations Council, Harvard Crimson (newspaper) and Harvard/Radcliffe Chorus.

The Harvard community comes together each year for Commencement, Welcome Back Event and Yardfest.

Harvard Housing

Harvard offers housing. Students are required to live on campus through freshman year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

Most Harvard students live off campus. In 2021, 29% of undergrads at Harvard lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 71% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Harvard. In the 2020-21 school year, 5,187 students chose to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 90% students stay on-campus. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

Harvard offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

Harvard Athletics

At Harvard there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the unversity, funding, and compention level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at Harvard:

Sport Mens Intramural Womens Intramural Mens Division Womens Division Mens Scholarships Womens Scholarships
Track And Field NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Crew Intercollegiate Sport Intercollegiate Sport
Sailing Intercollegiate Sport Intercollegiate Sport
Fencing Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Golf Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 Intercollegiate Club Teams
Lacrosse Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Water Polo Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 Intercollegiate Sport
Skiing (Cross Country) Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Skiing (Downhill) Club Teams Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams NCAA Division 1
Basketball NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Ice Hockey NCAA Division 1 Intercollegiate Sport
Soccer NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Swimming And Diving NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Tennis NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Volleyball NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Cross Country Running NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Squash Intercollegiate Sport Intercollegiate Sport

Safety at Harvard

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

Harvard University is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The Harvard campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night.

Harvard offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Campus housing is secure and dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards.

Additionally, Harvard has required and optional safety courses.

Plan a Visit to Harvard

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit to Harvard, take Interstate 90 to Cambridge, MA. If you need to fly, book your flight to Logan International airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in Massachusetts you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore Harvard's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

Harvard Students

51%

Women

49%

Men

100%

Full Time

0.46%

Part Time

16%

In State

84%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

33%

23%

12%

11%

11%

7%

1%

0.23%

0.08%

Undergraduate Students

5,222

Graduate Students

4,849

Non-Resident / International Students

594

Harvard Campus Services

Student Services
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  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Alumni Networking
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 ESL
Campus Security
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Late-Night Transport / Escort
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  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Security Patrol

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

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Acceptance Rate

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