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Does Harvard rent dorms?

zebrastripeszebrastripes Posts: 137Registered User Junior Member
edited November 2008 in Harvard University
Does Harvard rent dorms to people who are older but going back to school (at Harvard)? Does harvard rent dorms period?
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  • twinmomtwinmom Posts: 2,826Registered User Senior Member
    Full time matriculated undergraduates may leave in campus housing.
  • coureurcoureur Posts: 11,364Registered User Senior Member
    How old are we talking? To the best of my knowledge, Harvard provides housing to all full-time undergraduates (not extension students) regardless of age. There was a guy in my daughter's freshman dorm who was in his late 20s - a good ten years older than the other frosh.

    Also, Harvard students stay in "dorms" only for their freshman year. After that they are assigned to on-campus residence colleges ("Houses") for the remaining three years.
  • zebrastripeszebrastripes Posts: 137Registered User Junior Member
    Yeah, I would be an extension students but I really want to live on campus. i feel like I would be missing out on alot if I didn't live on campus
  • zebrastripeszebrastripes Posts: 137Registered User Junior Member
    Could I live in a residece college? Does harvard rent out dorms at all?
  • twinmomtwinmom Posts: 2,826Registered User Senior Member
    No, Harvard does not rent out dorms.
  • zebrastripeszebrastripes Posts: 137Registered User Junior Member
    Office of Residential Life Could I live here.....it says "A thirteenth House, Dudley House, serves non-residents and also has graduate student members. " I would b considered a non-resident.
  • maritemarite Posts: 21,586Registered User Senior Member
    Harvard Extension School students are not eligible for housing. The Extension School operates very differently from the College and does not organize activities and events like the College. Nonetheless, members of the community can attend many of the events such as concerts, plays, etc...

    The Non-residents at Dudley House are the College students who opt not to live in a House.
  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom Posts: 24,853Registered User Senior Member
    It seems you are planning to move to Boston to enroll at Harvard extension school presumably so you can partake of the Harvard cachet even though you don't have the stats to get into Harvard College.

    That also must be why you are asking so many unusual and very specific questions about the Harvard experience (referring to questions about whether Harvard has an honors college, and how you can get into Harvard's sororities, non of which are official campus organizations).

    In my opinion, you are wasting your time and money. Harvard's Extension School does not have the same cachet or prestige as does Harvard College. It's basically a service that Harvard provides to nontraditional (eg older) students within commuting distance.

    Since these are students who could not get into Harvard College, the classes won't be taught like those at Harvard College, and one's peers (an essential and amazing part of the Harvard experience) won't be virtually across the board the highly intelligent, accomplished, and driven group that you would have been around at Harvard College.

    Since ECs at Harvard College are open to Harvard College students, you would not be able to participate in those ECs

    Since Harvard Extension students are commuters, probably the majority of whom have full time jobs and families, you'll have less contact with peers than you would have at your local community college.

    You will not be rubbing shoulders with Harvard College students because they make friends in their dorms (which you can not gain access to), in their classes and through their on-campus ECs. Even if you decide to hang out at an on-campus eatery where you don't need an ID to enter, you'll still not be in a position to make friends.

    Sure, you may occasionally have a conversation with someone, but that would be the same as having a conversation with a stranger at Starbucks: It won't be likely to lead to a deep friendship.

    And you will not be able to pass yourself off as having a real Harvard degree -- i.e. one from Harvard College -- unless you misrepresent yourself on your resume. Get caught doing that, and you'll likely lose your job or employment opportunity.

    You'd be far better off going to whatever tier of college that your stats qualify you for, working your butt off there, and then going to grad/profession school and doing well there or entering the field of your choice after college.

    One doesn't need an Ivy degree to be a financial success in the U.S. Indeed, most people in jobs that you may find to be impressive, and people who are financially successful didn't go to an Ivy. Hard work and one's skills and personality are a much stronger determinant of success in this society than is where you got your education.
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  • brandon_rusebrandon_ruse Posts: 43Registered User Junior Member
    Northstar,

    Being the ALB Liaison for the Extension School's Student Association, I find your comments deplorable and lacking respect for the hardworking and dedicated students at our School. We are all a part of the University and the students here have dedicated themselves to prolonged and continuing learning. Despite the lack of understanding of our program, the threadstarter genuinely is asking for our respectful opinions. You have given yours and there I cannot fault you. While I cannot say your opinion is invalid in your mind I can point out different flaws in your logic.

    You claim, "In my opinion, you are wasting your time and money. Harvard's Extension School does not have the same cachet or prestige as does Harvard College. It's basically a service that Harvard provides to nontraditional (eg older) students within commuting distance."

    In response to this: Harvard University certifies the student's education at the Extension School. We are hardworking and in some cases have plenty more life experience than those who are at the College. While the two groups are different in their composition and backgrounds, Harvard is focused on education, public service, and having an impact and that is sincerely NEVER a waste of time. Being a Harvard degree candidate myself, I can vouch for the tremendous amount of opportunities given to me and the ability to network across disciplines and meet different students some of which who do go to the College.

    You also say, "And you will not be able to pass yourself off as having a real Harvard degree -- i.e. one from Harvard College -- unless you misrepresent yourself on your resume."

    My response: Looking at the official Harvard University Provost's reports and the inclusion of the degrees ALB and AB on the same form is something which you really should take note of. Here's the link:

    Financial Administration - Annual Financial Report of Harvard University

    Here's an excerpt: "Continuing and executive education
    revenue rose 11%, largely a result of increased executive
    education revenue at Harvard Business School and
    enrollment growth at the Extension School,"-Annual Financial Report, Harvard University 2007-2008

    Also, I could go on with resources assessing the quality of the Bachelors, Masters, and other programs at Harvard Extension School. I would like you to really look at your comments instead of just making fleeting judgements based on a terrible lack of supporting information to back up your claims. I'm a degree candidate and have information to support the claims I make. Also, let's talk about if my degree is able to be listed on my resume as a Harvard University degree:

    "How do I represent the degree on my r
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