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There are plenty of individual reasons why HYS may serve a student better than Penn, Cornell, Berkeley, etc. If you don't know about the faculty who are leaders in obscure subfields of a discipline, then you don't know what those reasons might be. I have barely heard of some of my clients' specializations before I worked with them. I had a Cornell-to-Harvard transfer 15 years ago whose life's work was Francophone literature. I learned all about it from him.