Harvard University, located in Cambridge, is the oldest college or university in the United States. Established in 1636, the school today has a modern 210 acre main campus. The university is located just northwest of Boston and has a student body of approximately 22,000 students. Harvard is a liberal university, much to the disdain of some far right politicians. The school is purposely not officially affiliated with any religion and at one time rid itself of the ROTC program due to the government's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy.
Beyond class, Harvard offers its students much to see and do. Museums, councils and periodicals are popular among the student body. The Harvard Crimson is the longest running college newspaper, established in 1873 and still published today. Editors of the paper include John F. Kennedy and Franklin D. Roosevelt, two of our past Presidents. The school also has the oldest college choir in America: Harvard Glee Club. The Harvard Advocate is the oldest literary magazine produced by a college and the Harvard University Choir is the oldest college or university choir active in the country.
Visiting Harvard, one gets a feeling of time stood still. The stately brick and mortar buildings, rolling green lawns, paved paths and towering trees will make you feel as though you’ve stepped into another era. There is a distinct impression of history when you visit the campus and a true college atmosphere.
The surrounding area is populated by small shops and eateries. The Harvard Coop is located just off campus and offers a wide selection of books and merchandise. Off campus you can also find many religious churches and societies.
The T transit line lies just outside of campus and will take you to many surrounding areas, including Boston. The city is a popular destination for those visiting Harvard, with many accommodations to choose from. Bed & Breakfasts, small inns and hotels are all very easy to find. Tours of Boston are very affordable and include trolley tours, harbor tours and even ghost tours. Boston, if you have the time, is often best explored on foot though you can bike, bus or boat if you prefer.
Harvard University and its surrounding cities and attractions are well worth a visit, for the prospective student and tourist alike.