Like most of the United States’ pre-Civil War colleges, Harvard was founded to train clergy. But Harvard’s curriculum and student body quickly secularized, and in the 20th-century admissions policy was opened up to bring in a more diverse pool of applicants.
Now, a total of 21,000 students attend the university, each of whom at some point can be seen bustling past the famous statue of John Harvard, the university’s first benefactor and founder, which looks on benignly in the center of the campus. The bronze statue’s gleaming foot is due to almost incessant rubbing by tourists and students, who believe the act brings good luck.
This online campus tour is designed in such a way that it will give you the taste of life at Harvard. We will explore the beautiful campus and the surrounding area of Harvard Square, a favorite shopping and socializing spot for students. As freshmen, students live in one of the dormitories in Harvard Yard, a prime location, and eat in the historic and picturesque Annenberg dining hall. Harvard students are active around and beyond campus, with over 400 official student societies including extracurricular, co-curricular, and athletic opportunities. Whether playing on the field in Harvard Stadium, fostering entrepreneurial activities at the Harvard innovation lab, or writing and editing at the daily newspaper the Harvard Crimson, student life is a rich and rewarding experience.
We will also talk about living in the city of Boston – from how to get around, to historical places of interest, and where to get the best of Boston cuisine. You will also get insights into modern Boston, its many fabulous attractions, where to visit, how to get around, and an introduction to what locals like to do. You will end up with a great appreciation for, and how to have a great stay in this famous US city.