Wow you have some amazing offers there- if you are interested to know how they are ranked on a world scale for Engineering...
1. MIT- 100.00
2. Stanford- 83.00
4. Cambridge- 73.00
6. Imperial- 67.00
22. Harvard- 45.00
Never known anyone to have Harvard down as a '5th choice' lol....but in all seriousness I would just go with Cambridge/Imperial for undergrad. MIT sounds like your dream university but there are financial implications and you would end up with a 'higher' qualification from one of your British choices.
I'm actually going to subscribe to this thread just to see his academic achievements. Considering you aren't too bothered about prestige and if money isn't too much of an issue definitely go for MIT. Best uni for engineering in the world and I think the course is what you really want. Also, I think it would definitely help you in the future having the MIT name, if you wanted to come back and work in the UK as if it were you or a graduate from Imperial say, go for the same job I would be inclined to think you would get the offer provided grades were similar. Go you btw for all those ridiculously amazing offers!!
I would say if the only thing that matters to you is engineering, and you are absolutely sure that is what you want to do in the future, then see what you can do about finance for MIT, or pick Imperial. Also, go through every prospectus, and check all of the details. Get in touch with them and make sure you haven't missed anything, like opportunities to study for a year at other unis, close connections with any companies you are interested in, work experience options you just can't get anywhere else etc.
MIT is clearly the best choice for your particular needs (it blows the others out of the water for Aerospace engineering). You really don't need to worry about it being a repeat of year 13, the maths and physics you cover at first year in MIT is the same you would cover in first year on a UK physics/engineering course. Even if you find a particular course too easy you can always take a more advanced version of it in the US. You really don't need to worry about not being challenged.
Harvard obviously is a great (the best?) brand but since you seem very set on engineering MIT is almost certainly the better option for you.
If you decide MIT is too expensive the choice becomes a bit more tricky. Personally I think imperial is a bit of dump (the people I know who went there (admittedly only 4) didn't have a particularly good time), and I (not being an engineer) would choose a full scholarship at Harvard over Cambridge without a second's hesitation, but Cambridge is the stronger uni for engineering and saves you the liberal arts component you seem to be wary of.
If you get an attractive financial package from Stanford that is definitely also worth considering. It's not quite MIT but is still very strong for engineering and the campus and lifestyle are absolutely lush.
You got into FRIGGING HARVARD?? And Cambridge and Imperial? Wow!
I'd go for Harvard! You must be amazing!
I am so jealous. I wish I didn't **** about so much in 1st year and wasted my opportunity to go to North America to study.
....I'm off to H&R lol.
(In for OP's CV)
You seemed to have missed out Caltech??........IT'S ****ING CALTECH! I suppose they don't have any amazing engineering ties....oh wait, just ****ing NASA!?!? The NASA research laboratory is on the campus FFS.
MIT and Caltech are 2 of the best engineering institutes in the world, fact. Caltech is in Pasadena too! Cali baby! Where MIT is located (Cambridge, Massachusetts) it's a very expensive place to reside in according to friends that live there.
I didn't know Harvard study was as 'rounded' as people are making out, down the wish list it goes :P
I await your info too...
It's a tough one. But as you have had so many offers. may I suggest that the boot is on the other foot. Universities exist as much for the benefit of their staff as for students, if not more so.
But having glittering alumni helps to keep the dons on their toes.
Play one university against another. If one makes an offer, ask for a better one from a competitor. Don't be shy.
As someone who has studied at both Oxford and Cambridge, I would very highly recommend against both, unless you want to grapple with medieval feudalism.
In the USA there is more of a concept of a student being a consumer. In the UK, where most students receive subsidies, they have the status of serfs and raising a complaint is almost impossible.
Good luck and keep us posted.
Don't underestimate the benefits of a well rounded institution. I already made that mistake for you. On that basis I'd say Harvard or Cambridge.
Also don't go somewhere just because its closer to home you'll regret it, and moving away from home is part of the experience. I also made that mistake too.
I'm trying to correct both I've got emails from Nottingham and Manchester about changing to Physics (inronically I'm thinking about leaving the course you're currently applying for Mechanical Engineering)
I do Aero Eng at Imperial, first year, and I got to say its been an amazing experience so far. I really enjoy the course and most of the lecturers are fantastic! The workload is tough but you will more than manage it.
However, given the opportunity I would probably choose MIT just because they have a better prestige than Imperial. Also I think there is an Imperial MIT transfer scheme for Aero students in the third year (best of both worlds) so I am hoping to apply to that but doubt I will get it.
I didn't apply to Oxbridge, because I only wanted to do Aero Eng and only Imperial offers it at such a high class in the UK.
OP: What are your academics?