The Boston/Cambridge area has earned a few nicknames.
The Athens of America. The Cradle of Liberty. Even the Hub of the Universe—and there’s a reason for that. It’s an intersection of old world and new, wielding a catalyzing influence on American culture.
As part of your Harvard experience you will encounter the blending of traditional New England character with forward-looking change, a fusion of eclectic energy, intellectual pursuits, innovation, and diverse cultures.
Harvard Kennedy School is in the midst of it all.
On the Charles River and in the heart Harvard Square, our modern and growing campus is an easy walk from the historic red brick of Harvard Yard and its acclaimed museums, preeminent libraries, and theaters as well as neighborhood cafés, international restaurants, boutiques, bookstores, and music venues.
With the greatest concentration of universities and colleges in the country, the quality of life beyond campus is one of the Boston/Cambridge area’s major draws:
- Abundant urban green space
- The Memorial Drive running trails and the Emerald Necklace of public parks
- Renowned art museums, including the Institute of Contemporary Art and Museum of Fine Arts
- Performance spaces such as the Boston Symphony Hall and Berklee Performance Center
- The legendary Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, Bruins, and other professional sports teams
All of these enrich life for students in the area.
And when you’re looking for a change of scenery, Boston and its surrounding communities are all a short ride on the MBTA, the city’s public transportation system. The Berkshire Mountains, Cape Cod beaches, and other New England locales are easy weekend excursions, while New York City is a four-hour train ride away.