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The Price of an Education

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Boston has more than its fair share of educational institutions. We stayed in a hostel that, during term time, serves as a hall of residence for Boston University. Then there's the Massachusetts Institute of Technology up the road in Cambridge. Also in Cambridge is the country's oldest, most famous and most prestigious (and no doubt most expensive) university - Harvard.

The university was founded in 1636 and named after English clergyman John Harvard. The statue pictured below, with the engraving 'John Harvard, Founder, 1638', is actually modelled on someone entirely different.


The cost? Well if you want to study here you're not going to get much change from $50,000 per year. We wandered around the campus yesterday to see what that gets you.

As a first year you'd get to stay in some nice-looking dorms.



The neoclassical Langdell Hall, part of the Law School, is home to the largest academic law library in the world.


And Widener Library is the centerpiece of the largest university library system in the world.


Time to start saving!

Posted by shoestring 06:01 Archived in USA Tagged university usa cambridge massachusetts college dorm library boston harvard

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Pretty impressive architecture and history plus a very large burnt hole in your pocket to study there at that price

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