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Harvard or Stanford?

csmoovecsmoove Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
edited December 2014 in Harvard University
This is the conundrum those who have been accepted to both Harvard and Stanford face. I've been accepted to Harvard so I am only halfway there and it probably took every bit of my past and future's luck to get to that point. If however, I happen to be the ~2% (or some ridiculous number like that?) who gets accepted to Stanford RD, where should I go? The two main things I am looking for are compsci and fun.

I know Stanford has the ranking and Silicon Valley, but Harvard is Harvard and has Mark Zuckerberg. Stanford is in Cali but secluded and Harvard is in Cambridge/Boston but cut-throat competition. So what do you guys think?
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Replies to: Harvard or Stanford?

  • collegeguy97collegeguy97 Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
    Hey, congrats man! I got into Columbia over here, and my advice is to just go to Harvard. Save yourself the stress of applying, and focus that effort into something else. Before, I never had time, but now I actually go on KhanAcademy to learn physics stuffs I enjoy, as well as not do anything to think freely about my ambitious app. So yeah, reward yourself for once. It's a different story if you need to play the financial aid bid wars, though.
  • csmoovecsmoove Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    Nice! I've already applied to Stanford so my post-apps euphoria has also kicked in, Just realized that in the hypothetical situation i get into stanford i have no idea which one i'd pick
  • gibbygibby Registered User Posts: 10,480 Senior Member
    Just realized that in the hypothetical situation i get into stanford i have no idea which one i'd pick
    Very few students who are admitted to either college are cross admits, so I wouldn't waste time on hypotheticals.
  • NorthernMom61NorthernMom61 Registered User Posts: 3,751 Senior Member
    If you have the choice you will figure it out.
  • StudiousMaximusStudiousMaximus Registered User Posts: 3,058 Senior Member
    gibby and NorthernMom are absolutely right. Last year, Harvard and Stanford were, similarly, my two top choices. I was accepted to Harvard early and then waitlisted at Stanford. I imagine my situation is pretty typical. Don't count your chickens -- and in the meantime, just go read all the other legitimate Harvard vs. Stanford threads.
  • ricck1ricck1 Registered User Posts: 208 Junior Member
    There are actually very few cross admits between Stanford and Harvard as they have very different applicants and geographics, and getting in RD is significantly more difficult than EA or ED in any school. Also both of these schools now take over 50% of their students early. Many students accepted to Harvard EA, are actually rejected from the other ivies regular pools.
  • oxoxhawja3xoxooxoxhawja3xoxo Registered User Posts: 309 Member
    Cross that bridge when you get to it.
  • albert69albert69 Registered User Posts: 3,247 Senior Member
    Don't worry about it yet... sheesh.
  • HannaHanna Registered User Posts: 14,687 Senior Member
    "Harvard is in Cambridge/Boston but cut-throat competition."

    No, it doesn't. This is a myth that comes up all the time, but people who actually went to Harvard don't describe it as academically cut-throat. There are lots of team projects in the CS department, in particular. No one knows or cares about anyone else's grades.
  • LoveArtForeverLoveArtForever Registered User Posts: 1,134 Senior Member
    Yeah, I agree w Hanna about the competition thing, I haven't felt that Harvard is cut-throat at all (but that's just me.. I'm a freshman). Congrats on being accepted!!! Personally I'd choose Harvard out of the two (not that I personally had to make that decision, didn't apply to Stan), but ofc you've gotta wait and see what happens before actually making your decision! (They're totally different environments, but both awesome schools! You really can't go wrong imo) Congrats!!
  • ZBlue17ZBlue17 Registered User Posts: 767 Member
    I'd visit. They have very different "feels" in regards of location. I'd chose harvard bc it's on the east coast.
  • shellzshellz Registered User Posts: 1,414 Senior Member
    edited December 2014
    Palo Alto is hardly secluded...proximity to SF and Silicon Valley for tech firms/internships, the weather, and that beautiful campus.... Hard not to pick Stanford. IF you get the chance.
  • sherpasherpa Registered User Posts: 4,630 Senior Member
    A lot of applicants get the opportunity to choose among these great institutions. It's a personal decision. In my opinion, the only bad reason to choose Harvard is "because it's Harvard".

    My son was given the opportunity to choose and chose Princeton, but believes he couldn't have gone wrong with Harvard or Stanford
  • goldenfygggoldenfygg Registered User Posts: 662 Member
    It really depends on what you want to do later in life. If you're pursuing a medical career, Harvard is the way to go. If you want to go into hi-tech, Stanford might be the better option. They are both wonderful schools. It just depends on what your major is/what your study path is.
  • JustOneDadJustOneDad Registered User Posts: 5,845 Senior Member
    goldenfygg wrote:
    If you're pursuing a medical career, Harvard is the way to go.
    What's the rationale there?
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