I was fortunate enough to have been admitted to these schools and with one week left I still have absolutely no idea where I want to go, eh >.< I already searched the forums and found this very excellent thread: <a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-search-selection/484664-harvard-princeton-yale-please-help.html?highlight=harvard+yale+princeton%5B/url%5D">http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-search-selection/484664-harvard-princeton-yale-please-help.html?highlight=harvard+yale+princeton</a></p>
<p>but I was wondering if I could get some help by focusing more on what I want to study and what I'm looking for. </p>
<p>What I want to study: Although I'm not sure about majors or anything yet, I'm really interested in political science (international affairs) and economics. Though I suppose at the undergraduate level the education is basically the same? (...although Princeton does have the Woodrow Wilson School.)
Environment: Friendly but rigorous. From talking to some of my friends, it sounds like the "general impression" (I know you can't really generalize) is that Yale /Stanford are laid back and chill while Harvard / Princeton are more competitive?
Location: I wouldn't mind living on the East Coast even though I'm not used to the cold at all, but Stanford is California =] And Harvard has Boston! I haven't visited any of the campuses except for Stanford's (which was nice), and since I don't live in the US I don't have the option of visiting them.
Extracurricular: Very important, but from looking at these schools it doesn't seem like there's much distinction. I do lots of public speaking.
Social: Also very important because I want a place I'll feel at home at. One thing that attracts me about Yale is that it sounds like it's a great place for friends (the residential college system helps out?) while still being academically rigorous. </p>
<p>All of the schools have offered me basically the same financial aid, except for Stanford which is offering me around $15,000 less. We can afford it I guess, but my reasons to go there would have to outweigh everything else.</p>
<p>I'd really appreciate any help you could give me!</p>