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Harvard or Princeton?

I'm thinking about applying to multiple Ivies, and I'm torn between Harvard and Princeton. Can anyone speak to the differences between their campus environments, academic programs, and overall student experiences?

7 months ago

Both Harvard and Princeton are amazing schools, and you really can't go wrong with either choice. That said, there are some distinctions between them to consider when making your decision.

Harvard, located in Cambridge, has a more urban feel with close proximity to Boston. The campus has a mix of classic and modern architecture, and the surrounding area offers plenty of entertainment and cultural options. Princeton, on the other hand, has a picturesque, suburban campus located in a smaller town. Students often say it has a more close-knit community feel.

In terms of academics, Harvard is known for its extensive resources and strong connections to various industries. However, Princeton is well-regarded for its focus on undergraduate teaching and its unique academic structure, such as the senior thesis requirement.

Student experiences will vary, but Harvard boasts a large and diverse student body, while Princeton has a smaller undergrad population and a strong focus on residential colleges. This can influence the social atmosphere and extracurricular opportunities at each school.

Ultimately, your personal preferences and goals will help determine which school is the best fit for you. I'd recommend visiting both campuses if possible, attending information sessions, and connecting with current students to gain a better understanding of each environment. Good luck!

7 months ago

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