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Harvard University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityB Faculty AccessibilityC-
Useful SchoolworkA+ Excess CompetitionC
Academic SuccessC- Creativity/ InnovationC
Individual ValueC+ University Resource UseB
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA- FriendlinessB-
Campus MaintenanceA- Social LifeC+
Surrounding CityA- Extra CurricularsC+
Describes the student body as:
Afraid, Approachable, Broken Spirit

Describes the faculty as:
Unhelpful, Self Absorbed

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Date: Oct 21 2004
Major: Political Science (This Major's Salary over time)
Harvard lives up to its namesake in social prestige. While it doesn’t deserve any extended deference beyond its intellectual peers, at the end of the day Harvard carries a lot more weight with your average individual than Cal Tech, MIT or The University of Chicago. Beyond that, it is no better than any other top 15 research university. It is very depressing how many people end up do something patently bland after graduation, either in terms of work or going to a markedly inferior graduate school. There are two primary problems, and they apply to almost all good schools as far as I can tell (having transferred from another academic superstar). First, Harvard has not recognized the reality that their students need a lot of career sheparding (book smarts do not translate into street smarts), and if it doesn’t come early, students can really pay (i.e. taking exactly the right courses for graduate school admissions, being very GPA conscious if you want to go to law or medical school or work at a big name business, e.g. Goldman Sachs or Microsoft). Secondly, up against a 3.8-4.0 GPA graduate of given State University, they don’t stand a chance most of the time professionally or academically. Moreover, Harvard, along with all of the Ivies, is mired down in its own history. Most of its famous graduates came from before the great opening up of these schools to the common man or women, as opposed to their blue blooded forefathers. The truth of the matter is most of these schools power and influence over American life came from down and dirty nepotism and the good old boy clubs. The University would like to think it will be able to have its students ride on academic merits in the future, mainly as professors, but given the infusion of vastly more talented international students in nearly every field, it is very unlikely.
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