9 months ago
Harvard prospective students

Myth or truth?

I've heard that certain schools are more humanities-focused, while other schools are STEM-focused. For example, I heard that Harvard is especially strong in the humanities whereas Princeton is more of a STEM school because it has a strong math program. I know both of these schools are exceptionally strong academic-wise, so I was just wondering if there is any truth to this or if I should just ignore these sayings?


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8 months ago[edited]

For me, this particular description doesn't really hold water. Princeton and Harvard both have absolutely fantastic STEM and humanity programs, and most students are ecstatic to attend either regardless of the given program they intend to pursue. That said, this can absolutely be the case with other programs. For example, Purdue, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Washington all have very legitimate non-STEM programs, but are more famous for their STEM programs (particularly their engineering and computer science programs). On the other hand, a school like Tufts University is maybe more notable for its humanities and social science programs than it is for STEM despite having a solid engineering school and access to seemingly endless research opportunities for students pursuing pre-med or pre-dental pathways.


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