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    I've been accepted (unconditionally - on a gap year) to both Princeton and Cambridge, and I am in such a quandary! I've got a place to read Education with English and Drama at Cambridge (St John's) or the general Liberal Arts course at Princeton. I'm trying to make pros and cons list - but it's tricky to make a decision without having ever visited Princeton!

    I definitely prefer the idea of the Liberal Arts course, and would love to study abroad. I really want to do a postgraduate degree in the States as well, and wasn't sure which course would set me up better?

    Is there anyone who might be able to offer some perspective on the matter? Any help would be much appreciated

    I am aware that finances need to be considered, I am still waiting to hear what my financial aid package will be from Princeton (hopefully quite large as I believe our household income is below the threshold), which will obviously have a huge influence on my final choice. But finances aside - anyone have any opinions on the matter?

    N.B. Long term I want to go into journalism/foreign corresponding type stuff - (potentially transferring my degree onto social anthropology after a year at Cam)
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    (Original post by oggdeferrer)
    I've been accepted (unconditionally - on a gap year) to both Princeton and Cambridge, and I am in such a quandary! I've got a place to read Education with English and Drama at Cambridge (St John's) or the general Liberal Arts course at Princeton. I'm trying to make pros and cons list - but it's tricky to make a decision without having ever visited Princeton!

    I definitely prefer the idea of the Liberal Arts course, and would love to study abroad. I really want to do a postgraduate degree in the States as well, and wasn't sure which course would set me up better?

    Is there anyone who might be able to offer some perspective on the matter? Any help would be much appreciated

    I am aware that finances need to be considered, I am still waiting to hear what my financial aid package will be from Princeton (hopefully quite large as I believe our household income is below the threshold), which will obviously have a huge influence on my final choice. But finances aside - anyone have any opinions on the matter?

    N.B. Long term I want to go into journalism/foreign corresponding type stuff - (potentially transferring my degree onto social anthropology after a year at Cam)
    Caveats: Current Cantab. I did turn down Princeton but it made more sense for my course. I still have a few friends there. I know nothing about the Education with English and Drama course at Cambridge.

    It sounds to me like you are leaning more towards Princeton.

    A few thoughts:
    a) Don't worry about not having visited Princeton. Princeton should have an "ask-a-student" scheme. If you can't find it on their website, contact the admissions office and they'll set you up with someone. Princeton's "yield score" matters for the US News ranking so they are interested in answering your questions.

    b) Re postgrad, both will set you up well. It will depend on how and what you do there. Because Princeton is closer to a liberal arts college than most of the other Ivies, there is more scope to get involved in undergraduate research there than at Cambridge. That might matter to you.

    c) I think for your interests - journalism and foreign affairs, Princeton has an edge. I don't know the details of how Princeton journalism but a friend who is there now was involved with a journalism programme there the summer before applying. I can ask her questions if you'd like. More importantly, you will be able to take classes at the Woodrow Wilson School and be in close proximity to New York.

    Contact John's (perhaps through the JCR website if you don't want to write your prospective director of studies) and ask any questions. See if you would rather do the course at Cambridge. Also remember it is 3 years at Cam versus the 4 years in the States. The financial aid package may make this irrelevant - good luck with that! (Pro tip: bargain with them. If you have other offers offering you more money, tell them you are interested but have this other offer and were hoping they would match it.)
 
 
 
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