Harvard vs. Yale: which is right for you?

Recorded Friday, November 26 at 09:30 PM

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About this livestream


Harvard and Yale are two of the nation’s top-tier universities - and their longstanding rivalry is as famous as they are on their own. These colleges have graduated some of the top leaders and professionals in the world, including presidents, Supreme Court justices, Nobel Laureates, and others.

If you’re faced with the task of deciding between Harvard vs. Yale, what do you do? In this stream, Elias and Robert will tell you all about their alma maters and how to navigate admission to these extremely prestigious and selective universities.

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Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into CommonApp.org in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Elias and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
18:32@regiiiii_____:Where the food is better?
23:07@castudent:which is better for history & poli-sci majors?
28:33@castudent:are the schools good about catering to students with severe food allergies?
29:04@regiiiii_____:Which one has better dorms?
41:11@-Ada-:which is better for medicine majors
49:20@DaKao:What was cultural diversity and inclusion like at each of them?
54:16@DaKao:What were your favorite college traditions?
55:27@-Ess-:is harvard or yale good for going into criminology (like forensic science)?
61:02@castudent:how do yale & harvard students feel about princeton beating their schools in the ranking every year?
75:21@-Ada-:which is better in sports
77:49@Tuna:The essay review is expensive
78:02@HunterG:thank you!


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