Anyone else there? I went to the Open House at Harvard on Friday and had a great experience and had the following thoughts (if you have any other questions let me know and I can answer). These are things you probably can't get by looking at their (pretty weak website):
- Pretty small program, 1st year students: 30, 2nd years 20
- A large variety of backgrounds, alot of students, more than expected, with no previous work (not to mention planning) experience. Average age seemed be mid-20s
- Cambridge has much more of a college town feel than I expected.
- The program is much more design focused than any other I've encountered. Students have their own studio space and spend a huge chunk of time there.
- I met about a third of the 1st years. Really friendly and easy to talk to.
- Harvard makes you pay for everything. VPN access to software. $. Chair for studio. $$. Printing pinups. $$. I think alot of people get tuition help, though.
- Pretty impressive presentations by students.
- Tight community feel to students and faculty. This is a big plus for me.
- The chair Jerold Kayden, is incredibly engaging and funny. A real personality. He's going on sabbatical next year, though.
Overall, the program really sold me on the design aspect and closeness of the community. The other prospective students were a little quieter than I expected, but definitely opened up during day. We basically sat with the students and shat the crap for a couple hours during the afternoon. Overall, good time.