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harvard vs duke

grandmaster101grandmaster101 - Posts: 81 Junior Member
edited May 2008 in Harvard University
i recently got good news that I might be off of the waitlist for harvard...

so now i have to decide between the two schools...btw my major is biomedical engineering and i want to do pre-med
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Replies to: harvard vs duke

  • grandmaster101grandmaster101 - Posts: 81 Junior Member
    bump...(10 chars)
  • justcallmebobjustcallmebob Registered User Posts: 131 Junior Member
    well i'm 97% sure you don't need any cc help making the right choice

    The New York Times > Week in Review > Image > Collegiate Matchups: Predicting Student Choices
  • gadadgadad Registered User Posts: 7,762 Senior Member
    Grandmaster - Since you posted this question on the Harvard forum and not on the Duke forum, I'm interpreting that deep within your subconscious, you want to be told that ought to go to Harvard. So here we go: Do you want to go through the rest of your life wondering if your life might have gone differently had you gone to Harvard? No? Well then . . . :-)
  • evil_asian_dictatorevil_asian_dictator - Posts: 2,306 Senior Member
    Harvard has a higher overall prestige and academic reputation than Duke. However, in your intended major(BME), Duke trumps Harvard and they are about on par with regards to sending kids to med school.

    I am going to take gadad's statement and reverse it because it seems more relevant in your case. Do you want to go through the rest of your life wondering "what if I had gone to Duke"? This is a legitimate possibility since there are numerous stories about Harvard students being cut-throat and miserable. Obviously, Harvard could turn out wonderful for you, but keep in mind, its social life and school spirit definitely lags in comparison to Duke. The academic resources that Harvard offers are phenominal but Duke is no slouch in this regard either.

    If you can look past the Harvard name, which is admittedly difficult, I suggest you remain enrolled at Duke. Also, ignore the user "justcallmebob" who presented you with a flawed and outdated NYT survey.
  • bdmradbdmrad Registered User Posts: 207 Junior Member
    I think it is hard to pass up if not only for the fact the you will be in Cambridge/Boston instead of the Triangle unless you averse to some cold weather. I've lived in Boston and now reside in NC, and I think the Boston area is more fun for a young person.
  • aarongreenspanaarongreenspan Registered User Posts: 4 New Member

    Since medicine is a very accepted and highly-regarded field, Harvard has a lot of established pre-med courses. That being said, a lot of students didn't like them while I was there, especially those in the Bio track. I would try to talk to as many students as possible at both Harvard and Duke to make sure that you're going to go someplace that you're going to be happy. I found that the lack of support for my field of interest (technology and entrepreneurship) made my time at Harvard considerably more difficult. Looking back, I wish I had at least known that students with similar interests were much happier at other schools such as Stanford.

    Aaron '04-'05
  • justcallmebobjustcallmebob Registered User Posts: 131 Junior Member
    oh, so you are one of the 3% who turned down harvard for duke are you dictator?

    zing! -- and they call you the evil one
  • CNICNI Registered User Posts: 1,171 Senior Member
    The OP turned down Harvard for Duke. (According to his answer on the the WL thread)
  • grandmaster101grandmaster101 - Posts: 81 Junior Member
    the previous poster is correct...i have turned down harvard for duke because of the lack of a biomed engineering program at harvard...harvard is good and all but i want to do something this is the forefront of a university. bme at duke is worldly known. harvard on the other hand is good at other things....therefore i chose duke...
  • ScipioScipio Super Moderator Posts: 8,466 Super Moderator
  • grandmaster101grandmaster101 - Posts: 81 Junior Member
    they have bioengineering not biomedical engineering and anyways...its not as recognized as duke...and i'm not sure it is abet accredited....
  • coureurcoureur Registered User Posts: 11,386 Senior Member
    >>they have bioengineering not biomedical engineering <<

    Based on what the website states, I'd say that's a distinction without a difference. The bioengineering program is heavily medical in nature.


    "The application of engineering principles and techniques to address problems in biology and medicine has resulted in a number of important contributions to healthcare and scientific discovery.

    Work in this area includes understanding aspects of biological function at various levels (examples include biofluidics and cell mechanics) as well as tackling medical problems by developing instruments and devices that, for example, mimic biological organs (such as functional tissues) or assist in healthcare (such as drug-delivery devices).

    Harvard's efforts in bioengineering spans various FAS departments (such as Chemical and Chemical Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Physics, and Statistics) as well as FAS Science initiatives such as those in Neuroscience, Genomics, Imaging and Mesoscale Structures, and the Rowland Institute. In addition the Division has strong ties to the Harvard Medical School Quad, particularly departments such as Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Neurobiology, and Systems Biology as well as the teaching hospitals.

    The bioengineering research environment in the Cambridge-Boston area is one of the richest in the nation, with leading science and engineering institutions, world-renowned medical schools and hospitals, and a large concentration of biotechnology companies."
  • grandmaster101grandmaster101 - Posts: 81 Junior Member
    agreed...its just that duke's bme program is the top of the top...harvard is great no doubt...its just that biomed at duke is the forefront....at harvard there are so many things that are good that bioengineering might not be a top priority.
  • JohnC613JohnC613 Registered User Posts: 1,580 Senior Member
    well, it's a decision he's already made, so stop fighting with him. I think you will be very successful at duke, grandmaster
  • coureurcoureur Registered User Posts: 11,386 Senior Member
    No one is "fighting" with him. I have nothing but good wishes for him and his success at Duke. But I think it's important that this thread not be allowed to possibly misinform other potential applicants that Harvard doesn't have a program or that it is a lousy one.
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