I was going to apply Early Decision to some school, until I realized that I knew very little to make such a serious, binding commitment. So I decided that I would forego ED and go the regular route instead. However, since Harvard or Yale has the non-binding Early Decision option, I've decided to just take a shot. If I get in, great, more choices for me. If I don't, I don't care that much since it was never my true intention to go to a HYPS school anyway. But choosing between two shiny apples is pretty difficult, and I want to make a semi-rational choice when choosing my EA school, as opposed to a random coin toss. Harvard is Harvard, and Yale is Yale, but is there any discernable difference between the two? I'm leaning towards Harvard because I heard that Yale is "hot" right now, meaning competition is fierce. Not that Harvard is a cakewalk.
I'm not going to bore you with stats and ECs, so I'll just give you the slim sheet:
2350 SAT I (800 CR, 760 M, 790 W)
800 SAT II: U.S. History (gonna take Lit, Math IIC, and Korean)
All A's throughout high school except for grade 9 French
Top 5% in class, may be higher
Biggest EC is football (four years)
A few awards in writing and math