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Q&A: A Breakdown of Financial Aid

Many high-ranking schools also have top-notch financial aid programs.

Student Life

For Some Students, University Quiet on 9/11

American flags around campus were at half staff Wednesday in memory of the terrorist attacks that transpired in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. Several minutes of the morning service at Memorial Church were devoted to reflecting on the tragedy, and some other events were held around Harvard in memory of the day.

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Admissions Blog

Q&A: Blog Basics, Test-Taking, and More

What kind of questions does the Q&A section answer? Should I take the SAT or the ACT? Should I visit a college even before I've been admitted? The answers to these and other questions will be found in this installment of the Admissions Blog Q&A section.

Student Life

Despite Concerns About Renovations, Parties Go On in Old Quincy

Although some had worried that the setup of the newly renovated and renamed building would prevent residents from successfully hosting parties in their rooms, students still managed to socialize this past weekend.

Welcome Back Carnival

CEB Welcomes Students Back to School

Underneath cloudy skies with temperatures in the 60s on Sunday evening, students twirled cotton candy and jumped on a moon bounce at the College Events Board’s Welcome Back Event, which attendees said they enjoyed but thought was not well publicized.


Newly Renovated Old Quincy Renamed Stone Hall

Harvard officials announced the name change Saturday afternoon at a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside the newly renovated building.


Freshman Survey Part II: An Uncommon App

In Harvard Yard, 14 percent are the 1 percent. In a Crimson survey of the Class of 2017, about 14 percent of incoming freshmen said they come from families with reported incomes above $500,000 a year, putting them among the top roughly 1 percent of earners in the United States.

Summer Postcards 2013


Summer Postcards 2013


I feel almost Pessoan, but how can I not in the beautiful, quaint city of Lisbon.


HMS Research Dean To Depart

William W. Chin, who has served as executive dean for research at Harvard Medical School for the past three years, will depart Harvard at the end of this month for a new position with a Washington, D.C.-based pharmaceutical trade group.


Stephanie D. Wilson

On July 4, 2006, NASA’s Discovery space shuttle lifted off into space, sending Harvard graduate Stephanie D. Wilson ’88 beyond the earth’s atmosphere for the first time in her life.


Two Freshman Deans To Depart

Come fall semester, two familiar faces in the Freshman Dean’s Office will no longer be there. Resident deans William Cooper ’94 of Ivy Yard and Jonas V. Clark of Oak Yard are leaving the FDO.


Dennis Ritchie '63, The Man Behind Your Technology

Ritchie would rewrite the world of procedural languages during his career at Bell Labs, which began as a doctoral student at Harvard in 1967 and ended with his retirement in 2007. In the Washington Post’s memorial piece of Ritchie, Paul E. Ceruzzi, a Smithsonian historian, compared Ritchie’s life to that of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, whose death—which came seven days before Ritchie’s—was highly publicized.

Student Groups

Harvard's Newest Sorority Seeks To Enter the Harvard Social Scene

With an inaugural group of 46 women, Harvard’s newest sorority Alpha Phi has sought to transition into the Harvard social scene in recent weeks.

On Campus

Words of Wisdom from Class Days of Yore

With the recent announcement that Soledad M. O'Brien '88-'00 is slated to take the stage at Class Day this year, we at the Flyby thought we'd seize this opportunity to reflect upon some words of wisdom from previous Class Day speakers. Here are some salient snippets of their stirring speeches. Added bonus: watching these will help you with tonight's procrastination, guaranteed.