Harvard is on a 380-acre campus in the urban setting of Cambridge, Massachusetts, not far from Boston.
There are many activities and organizations for Harvard students to join – including band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.
Interested in Greek life? Harvard does not have fraternities or sororities.
Harvard has the Phillips Brooks House Association. In fact, more students participate in the 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.
Harvard students' favorite campus traditions are Commencement, Welcome Back Event and Yardfest.
This table offers information on housing at Harvard.
|On-Campus Housing||Yes||Required for freshman|
|Guaranteed Housing||Yes||Guaranteed for freshman|
|Co-ed Housing Available||Yes|
|Housing for Students with Disabilities||Yes|
|Percentage of Students Living On-Campus||––||29%|
|Spots Available in On-Campus Housing||––|
|Number of Students Living On-Campus||––||5,187|
|Percentage of Students Living Off-Campus||––||71%|
Harvard offers housing for students. 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 2022, 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 2021-2022 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.
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 university, funding, and competition 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||Men's Intramural||Women's Intramural||Men's Division||Women's Division||Men's Scholarships||Women's Scholarships|
|Indoor Track||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1|
|Basketball||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1|
|Fencing||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1|
|Golf||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1|
|Ice Hockey||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1|
|Lacrosse||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1|
|Skiing (Downhill)||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1|
|Soccer||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1|
|Swimming And Diving||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1|
|Tennis||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1|
|Track And Field||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1|
|Volleyball||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1|
|Water Polo||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1|
|Cross Country Running||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1|
|Skiing (Cross Country)||Club Teams||Club Teams||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1|
|Crew||Intercollegiate Sport||Intercollegiate Sport|
|Sailing||Intercollegiate Sport||Intercollegiate Sport|
|Squash||√||√||Intercollegiate Sport||Intercollegiate Sport|
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. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.
Additionally, Harvard has required and optional safety courses.
Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit 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.
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