Where to go, US/UK, Cambridge, Imperial, MIT, Stanford or Harvard...? Watch

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WTF? Just go to Harvard, its the best university in the world + free education? It's a no brainer! I would go to Harvard for a sh*t shoveling course
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Wow, alot of thought provoking posts, i really cant thank you lot enough for the advice as it really means a lot to me(well most of it).

Its funny how people are saying to go to harvard based on the one experience they have about it from watching the social network,:rolleyes:

I agree, there is no way i could justify getting into so much debt to pay for MIT fees.

Hmm, i still have time to make my descisions so i will think this over again and again. I tried picking names out of a hat, but every time i did, i called it a 'practice' as i wasnt satisfied with what came out.

If anything this thread has made me more confused as now i feel i should really be considering harvard more seriously as the financial aid is also a MAJOR benefit. I really wish i knew what would be best, but i cant see myself having a bad time at any of these institutions, or any better of a time at any one of them over the other.

Thanks,
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(Original post by hellohihello)
I should also say i live in watford and imperial is close to home so to me that is a major advantage to me.
personally, i think you're choosing the safe route with imperial. if you're worried about being so far from home, it's not that bad. cambridge, massachusetts is way smaller than london and a lot less intimidating. and flights to london aren't too expensive.

MIT is top notch. it's ranked 1st in engineering in the world. http://www.topuniversities.com/unive...ngs/technology imperial is 6th and harvard is somewhere in the twenties. i really enjoyed studying in the states so i'd encourage anyone who gets the chance to go. and about the liberal arts program, i think it's really good to get a well-rounded education, but that's just me. and you'll still get a huge focus on engineering.

basically if you can't afford MIT, i think you should go to imperial cos it's more about who's the best in what you want to do rather than who's generally the best. and MIT and imperial are definitely better in engineering than harvard.

just my opinion.
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I have got to say, this thread is full of the biggest load of **** I have read on TSR in a while ... and that says something. I quoted miscellaneous123, but I could have selected all but a few posts here as an example.

OP clearly does not want to go to America. He doesn't like the idea of Harvard because he doesn't like the wider focus of the course. Who can really blame him? He wants to study mechanical engineering, not American literature. The American program is wide for a reason - it's because they don't begin to specialise in at any stage before getting to university. He admits himself that he can't justify the MIT fees and, even there, doesn't feel he would be doing enough engineering and that the first year would be a waste.

However, so many TSR stereotypes have seen "OMG MIT!!!" or "OMG FREE HARVARD!!!!" ... and gone mental over it, confused the OP and had some sort of a prestige orgy over this thread.
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(Original post by hellohihello)
Wow, alot of thought provoking posts, i really cant thank you lot enough for the advice as it really means a lot to me(well most of it).

Its funny how people are saying to go to harvard based on the one experience they have about it from watching the social network,:rolleyes:

I agree, there is no way i could justify getting into so much debt to pay for MIT fees.

Hmm, i still have time to make my descisions so i will think this over again and again. I tried picking names out of a hat, but every time i did, i called it a 'practice' as i wasnt satisfied with what came out.

If anything this thread has made me more confused as now i feel i should really be considering harvard more seriously as the financial aid is also a MAJOR benefit. I really wish i knew what would be best, but i cant see myself having a bad time at any of these institutions, or any better of a time at any one of them over the other.

Thanks,
James
Can I echo what previous posters have said in asking what your academics are? Because you have some very impressive offers!
EDIT: was going to offer advice, but every time I type a Uni I erase it and change it to another with a different reason, I have actually written out that you should pick each of those four So basically, I feel how tough your choice is!
EDIT2: Probably Imperial though... (posting and closing window before I change my mind)
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hey... joining in!!! WOW!!! amazing!! you got into MIT!!! I got rejected... sigh...
I was wondering why you knew the decision from harvard so quickly? did you get a likely letter or sth?

coz from the website, it says
Applicants who wish to choose email notification must do so by 5pm on March 28. Decision emails will be sent on Wednesday, March 30th after 5pm (ET).

I am confused?! there is no early decision in harvard..... :confused::confused::confused:
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hellohihello, PM'd you, just in case I can answer any questions (having sat in your position in the not-too-distant past).
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If you want to stay in the UK, Cambridge.

If you're willing to go to the US to study, Harvard.
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HARVARD hands down
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Imperial or MIT. Both universities have a large endowment and they are largely tech schools. So you'd have cutting edge lecturers and tech to play around with.
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(Original post by hellohihello)

Any thoughts, preferences on what you may have done in my situation, where you would have liked to go, bearing in mind i will be doing Mechanical Engineering?

James B
Hi James,

Personally being from an engineering background myself, I would advise you MIT or Imperial.

if you can afford the fees and if it does not rip your pockets out then go to MIT.

otherwise, i dunno if this might help you to make your decision easier. Imperial AERO undergrad has a collaboration with MIT, i am not sure about mech engg. but if you are studying aero at imperial i think the top 5-10 students get a full funding for a year to study at MIT. having done that you could consider MIT for your graduate school.

as far as the others are concerned,

HARVARD - ENGINEERING - DEFINETELY NO, they are OK for graduate research but not for undergrad engg education.

CAMBRIDGE - hmm, if you did not have offers from any of the rest then maybe, again undergrad engg not as focused as Imperial but more broader into fundamental sciences like maths.

hope that helps.
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I have got to say, this thread is full of the biggest load of **** I have read on TSR in a while ... and that says something. I quoted miscellaneous123, but I could have selected all but a few posts here as an example.

OP clearly does not want to go to America. He doesn't like the idea of Harvard because he doesn't like the wider focus of the course. Who can really blame him? He wants to study mechanical engineering, not American literature. The American program is wide for a reason - it's because they don't begin to specialise in at any stage before getting to university. He admits himself that he can't justify the MIT fees and, even there, doesn't feel he would be doing enough engineering and that the first year would be a waste.

However, so many TSR stereotypes have seen "OMG MIT!!!" or "OMG FREE HARVARD!!!!" ... and gone mental over it, confused the OP and had some sort of a prestige orgy over this thread.
C'mon - Free tuition and accomodation at Harvard!!!! OMGZ OMGZ that's like my dream come true :eek:
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Wow.... this is very impressive.

I'm applying to American universities and waiting to hear back (albeit nervously). Many TSRians won't realise just how insane it is to get into MIT and Harvard for ENGINEERING and on FINANCIAL AID and as an INTERNATIONAL STUDENT. Seriously, props to you.

Could I ask what your SAT's, A-levels etc. were like?
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Imperial over MIT? ARE YOU MAD?

MIT is 2 - 3 leagues over Imperial!
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WOAH! You must be an International Maths/Physics/Chemistry Olympiad medallist or something, how on Earth did you get such a ridiculously amazing set of offers? Getting offers from Harvard and MIT as an international is incredible, I am awe-struck!


I'll sum up each uni I guess:

Harvard- Ridiculously prestigious. You'll be surrounded by people who will go on to do amazing things, and you have full financial aid. The program is very broad-based though and Harvard is not exactly known for teaching engineering well.

MIT- Viewed as the best in the world for engineering programs. Very expensive though. If finance is not an issue I would strongly encourage you to go to MIT, you'll be getting a fantastic education.

Cambridge- Very prestigious, excellent undergraduate education.

ICL- Whilst obviously much less internationally prestigious than the other three, it offers a robust Engineering programme which is viewed extremely well by domestic employers.
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Thanks for all your replies, Im not doubting for one moment that i wouldnt love going to harvard/MIT, its just camperial is much more focused on the actual engineering discipline as opposed to harvard and MIT. At Harvard i will never really have the ability to follow a directly engineering path, and to be honest i couldn't stand the thought of ever having to write an essay on American history or something about a book which i would be doing throughout my time at Harvard. As i said it is a liberal arts college. ON the other hand its a free education at the best Uni in the world, and as you have said it would open up a world of opportunities.

One thing that i am worried about though is moving so far away, i have only ever been out of Europe once, and it really seems a daunting but the most exciting prospect ever to be able to move to Boston.

UHHH, this decision is making my head hurt......


( i just realised i wrote camperial- cabridge and imperial)

I should also say i live in watford and imperial is close to home so to me that is a major advantage to me. Thanks Again
Do you live in the UK, are you a UK national?
ANd have you lived in the UK all your life?
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Wow, alot of thought provoking posts, i really cant thank you lot enough for the advice as it really means a lot to me(well most of it).

Its funny how people are saying to go to harvard based on the one experience they have about it from watching the social network,:rolleyes:

I agree, there is no way i could justify getting into so much debt to pay for MIT fees.

Hmm, i still have time to make my descisions so i will think this over again and again. I tried picking names out of a hat, but every time i did, i called it a 'practice' as i wasnt satisfied with what came out.

If anything this thread has made me more confused as now i feel i should really be considering harvard more seriously as the financial aid is also a MAJOR benefit. I really wish i knew what would be best, but i cant see myself having a bad time at any of these institutions, or any better of a time at any one of them over the other.

Thanks,
James

Follow your dream and heart. Go to MIT, money comes and goes but experience lives with you forever.

If you really, really want it. You WILL find the money you need, no problem. You will find a way if you want to go there, because there is always a way.
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I have got to say, this thread is full of the biggest load of **** I have read on TSR in a while ... and that says something. I quoted miscellaneous123, but I could have selected all but a few posts here as an example.

OP clearly does not want to go to America. He doesn't like the idea of Harvard because he doesn't like the wider focus of the course. Who can really blame him? He wants to study mechanical engineering, not American literature. The American program is wide for a reason - it's because they don't begin to specialise in at any stage before getting to university. He admits himself that he can't justify the MIT fees and, even there, doesn't feel he would be doing enough engineering and that the first year would be a waste.

However, so many TSR stereotypes have seen "OMG MIT!!!" or "OMG FREE HARVARD!!!!" ... and gone mental over it, confused the OP and had some sort of a prestige orgy over this thread.
Employers care more about the uni you went to than degree that's why I say Harvard. And if he didn't want to go to America, why would he waste his money sitting SAT's and uni applications?
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Why don't you do the pick a name out of a hat thing, but make yourself just choose one and imagine that you have to go there for a day or something, if you don't like the idea then throw it out and choose another uni.

Unless you get through all of them, and then you're back to square one. :emo:

But it might be a fun game anyway
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Hi, i have been given a full financial aid package(meaning i never pay any fees for accommodation or tuition for all 4 years) at harvard, however in all honesty reputation does not concern me in the slightest. I know it sounds crazy and that i know it will make a difference in terms of employment, however i really am not concerned with this in any way, i want to enjoy life the way i feel best and to me, and for me that is going to the place where i would get the best education i can get in what i enjoy. Thanks for your help,

James B
Respect.

Personally i would go Cambridge , just personal preference i couldnt handle moving country at 18/19 and Imperial is great but Cambridge is better socially from what ive heard and will be cheaper living costs and an amazing university.
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