Harvard University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (19)
Harvard University is a great academic environment. You will encounter mainly excellent professors, some of whom are truly brilliant, a very supportive environment and a cohort of students who are serious about their studies, intelligent and generally friendly. The Kennedy School of Government invests a great deal in ensuring that students bond with each other and develop interlocking relationships that help students navigate the campus and the tough courses. I participated in the Graduate Commons program which provides meal service for students so at every meal students ate together, which created relationships across schools and connected me to other students in the Kennedy School program. The only problem with Cronkhite, where I stayed, is that there is no air conditioning and it can be incredibly uncomfortable, humid and hot from July - late September. Fans are provided but at times it was very uncomfortable. Otherwise the facilities were great. We had two fully stocked kitchens where we could cook, store food, and eat on weekends when meals were not served. The Kennedy School program is short, so it's best to enter with a clear idea of what you want to accomplish. I am a mid-career student, but the school has a two-year MPP degree for students who are coming straight out of undergrad and have a few years experience. Kennedy has a new dean, so it is in a bit of a transition. It remains to be seen whether this dean will have as a dynamic an interpretation of the school's role as the last dean. With the turmoil we are experiencing in politics in this country, I do think there should be more focus on the challenges we are facing in America. Fifty percent of the mid-career students are international, and a lot of Harvard students are international in general. It's really great to meet people from other countries. It's very enriching, but also there seems to be a bit of a brain drain. The talents of our best professors are training students who take that knowledge back to their homes countries, so that intelligence is not serving American interests, especially now when our own society is experiencing political turmoil. Sometimes international students are not even interested in discussing American issues. Other than this concern I would say the Kennedy School is an excellent experience. It is a great place to incubate an new ngo or a new venture. There are a lot of supports for creating new businesses, both non and for-profit. The expertise available at the law school, business school, MIT, the design school are all accessible to anyone seeking to create a new business.. And several schools, including Kennedy, have innovation labs. Also, a lot of celebrated journalists, scientists, comedians, writers and scholars come to Harvard so it is a great place to hear from the greatest minds of our time. Harvard is expensive, and a lot of people don't go because of the cost. Harvard does have funding for students that can cut costs in half and a few students receive a full ride. If you are working on a degree that can allow you to pull in a high salary after you leave, it will pay for itself. If you are not, you may want to weigh the cost benefits. I'd say do it. It will pay maximum dividends in the future, and you will have a network of very supportive people who will help you throughout your career for the rest of your life.
There are too many opportunities at Harvard; it is up to you to seek them out. Anything you want to major in, any club or activity you wish to pursue, you can do it. It can be overwhelming, but it is up to you to figure out what you want to do, what speakers you want to see, what shows you want to attend, what activities you want to participate in, what research you wish to conduct, etc. There are resources and advising that could help you out with this, but it is till up to you to take advantage of them. The students and professors here are excellent so it can be intimidating but inspiring to see what people have accomplished or what projects they are working on. In my opinion, it is through personal interactions with your peers and mentors that one gets the most out of one's time at Harvard. The classes are of varying quality; the professors are almost invariably brilliant, but how much time they put in or how well they teach might be suboptimal at times. The financial aid at Harvard is excellent and has only improved since my time there. My family paid less than half price for my 4 years (about what it would have cost at a state school), and many of friends whose families made less than $60k per annum received a full-ride. It's a great deal for the education and adventure that awaits at Harvard.
Georgetown was a fantastic school! It offers amazing programs in the social sciences and the location in DC allows you to complete exceptional internships while achieving a campus experience. The school is very professionally geared, so the concentration is highly on networking and preparing you for your career. While classes are rigorous, there is a genuine student body cohesiveness - students are competitive, but not cuthroat. Social life at Georgetown as an undergraduate is great - there is no school sanctioned Greek life, so clubs instead are the main social organizations. I would wholeheartedly recommend Georgetown to anyone interested in the social sciences and international affairs in particular!
Attending Harvard was a blessing. The faculty, academic curriculum, and other resources are outstanding. However, what really made the experience special were the relationships I formed with my peers and classmates. These relationships have lasted well beyond school and will stick with my through out my career and personal life.
Great if you know exactly what you want to get out of it. Don't go in with no plan. Scholarships and needs-based aid is definitely there, as are ample networking opportunities. Academic advising is very hit or miss, and it really depends on who your advisor is.
Harvard was a very useful and instrumental stepping stone in furthering my academic and career goals. My degree afforded me the ability to get a job in my field of study immediately upon graduation. The relationships I was able to perform with professors and students have aided me both academically and socially as I move forward with both my career and studies.
I loved Harvard. Its is beautiful. Best school ever. The teachers are nice and mean. But the food is the best. Its is cool and fun the stores are nice but if you can get over a 2000 on sat you have an okay chance. I got a 2700. Good luck in Harvard. GREAT SCHOOL
Harvard was a fantastic place to meet other students who are passionate and committed to what they do and what they care about. Those relationships remain the best in my life, and push me to new levels in my own work. The institution itself is relatively hands-off, however, meaning little direct mentorship and/or close relationships with professors.
It is the best school in the country. Something for everyone -- if you don't like it, you're doing it wrong. Extremely interesting and rewarding classes, great location, housing setup is amazing. Can't speak highly enough of the College.
Amazing time. Recommend it to any future students. Great life lessons and put me in a good spot in life.