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Stanford or Harvard


being an international British student, which s better to apply REA for psychology/neuroscience majoring? Also considering financial aid and other offerings for each schools and why. what happens if I get rejected applying REA, I mean is it worth it?


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if financial aid is something you're concerned about, then the answer is Harvard. Harvard is need-blind for international students, while Stanford is not. beyond that, you're basically choosing between two of the best five or so colleges in the US—they'd both be phenomenal, and there really aren't substantial academic differences between the two (location is the only real difference). Harvard would just be significantly easier for you to get into if you plan on applying for financial aid, so I'd use your REA boost on them.

for your other question, getting rejected applying REA is basically the same as getting rejected for RD—in one case you get rejected in December and in the other you get rejected in March. you used up your shot on that school. but REA gives you a slightly better chance of getting in and there's no risk involved—and if you're a strong applicant, they'll usually defer you instead of rejecting you in REA, which means you'll be considered for RD anyway. sorry if that's confusing, i guess comment if you want me to clarify anything!

editing to respond to your comments:

the truth about schools like these is that, in the end, they are going to give you very similar opportunities. the choice between Harvard and Stanford is like choosing which five-start restaurant you want to go to for a meal. both of them are going to be excellent, and neither is a bad choice, but maybe one serves food that's more interesting to you than the other. if you're worried about admissions, they're both difficult to get into, but Stanford is actually more selective than Harvard is (by a small margin). if you're an international student applying for financial aid, Stanford will be significantly harder to get into than Harvard, because that will affect the decision there (it won't at Harvard, because they're need blind). of course your chances of getting in are going to depend on your grades, SATs, etc., but the fact of the matter is that in your specific situation, stanford will be harder to get into.

with the other places you mentioned, Princeton would actually be another good choice that is need-blind for international students, so you would have a better chance of getting in there than you would at Stanford. UC Berkeley is a great school but they barely give any money to anyone who doesn't live in California, so unless you're okay with paying $70k/yr to go there, it might not be the best choice. in reality though, there's very little to separate any of these schools. they're all very similar academically, would give you similar resources and similar access to professors, would allow you to pursue research, etc. i'm focusing on financial aid because that's the only real significant difference between them.

Hello thank you for your response. I am wanting to major in psychology, education and neuroscience or bio science. I really have no idea which school I’ll benefit from. I initially wanted to go to Stanford. Harvard is not really my top school and I find it quite intimidating, I feel like also being a brutish student I do not have the strongest grades, my GCSE are all C grade. I’m currently taking my A levels but I’ll have to submit my predicted grade as I’m applying early. So I’m just quite
Scared since my grades are not the strongest. In regards to extra circulars, I have a teaching job which I really do love and help out students but that’s not enough. I’m planning to conduct a psychology research hopefully. I just don’t know whether it’s all worth it. As climate wise I do prefer colder weather over warm. All is what I’m saying is that I really don’t think I have a chance getting to Harvard, but I’ll try. I plan to take the SATs too as well as subject test to support my form
Harvard does not offer an Honours degree at undergraduate level whereas Stanford does. Is Harvard really worth it? Could you please tell what Harvard offers that others universities may not? Will it make a difference if I chose to go to UC Berkeley or Princeton? Are those schools typically seen better than Harvard or is Harvard is the number one?
Thank you so much. I’m glad that you are focusing more on financial aid that that was my biggest concern. Unfortunately, Stanford was my number one choice however I am going to have to put it on hold. I know the choice is mine but I need to make a decision on whether to go, so would you advise me applying to Harvard REA? Or not. I’m not a fan of Harvard but if it’s for the sake of financial aid I may consider it. As I also know I will be getting a good education too
In regards to my to my majors, is Harvard a well suited university or should I also consider Princeton? Why may someone choose one over the other. Sorry I know I keep on asking so many questions but I have no idea what it’s like in the US since I’m all the way In UK.
the full list of schools that are need-blind for int'l students in the US are: Harvard, Princeton, Yale, MIT, and Amherst College. Of those, MIT is probably the best for neuroscience, but they should all be great options for you. REA doesn't bind you to anything, so there's no harm in using it for Harvard—or for Princeton, or Yale, or MIT if you like any of them more.
i should say that usually for US students, people apply to 10-15 different schools, because they're very hard to get into. so you should apply to all of these and then choose between whichever ones you end up getting into. people will usually choose between schools like harvard, princeton, stanford, etc. based on things like location, culture, professors they might want to work with, etc. their pure academic programs will really all offer very similar levels of education.
I think I’m just worried whether using REA for Harvard and then it may not be worth it and could have used to towards other universities. Could you please tell me more about the professors for the universities and the opportunities. which university has the best professors or are they all equally? Like Stanford had Robert Sapolsky and I’ll always watch his lectures.
I’m basically wanting to move over to USA for good. I’ve sort of had enough of UK and need a new start. So where’s the cheapest to live USA as I am not wanting to live on campus. Also what job opportunities are there? Can I work as a british citizen or do I have to apply? what sort of jobs do they offer at universities. May I ask what you do? I’m just quite curious.
Between Harvard and Stanford, Harvard's median rent is around $2,700 lower... Stanford's area is one of the most expensive if you want to live off campus ($6,000 vs $3,300). Because you're an international student, you are limited to working on-campus (research assistant, residential assistant, etc) for your first academic year. You are allowed to work 20 hrs/week when school is in session, and 40 hrs/week when its not.
So those are my only options for work around campus? What if I wanted to apply to become an American citizen, what job opportunities does that open up for me as well as working off campus? Let’s say if I worked around campus, how much will my minimum wage be? Does this cover my renting or not. Do I need to be saving up from now. What are the cheapest areas in Boston to live in or in Cambridge possibly near campus. Do you think it’s worth living off campus or shall I live on campus
What opportunities do they both give living off and on campus
@carlsaganrocks Hi, hope you’re well I recently heard from someone that attends to Stanford that they have changed their policy and is need blind for international students. Have you also heard this? If that’s the case, is it still harder to get into Stanford since it’s more selective than Harvard. Like they won’t know about my financial details during application and I’ll receive a package after being accepted? Could you please clarify this for me.