Harvard vs. Yale vs. Trinity College Cambridge (Economics) vs. LSE Watch

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Hello I am an American, and I have offers from all four of these schools, meaning that I have quite the decision to make. I plan to work in London after college and for my career. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions about which of these schools is best as well as the differences between them. Also if anyone can give any insight into being an American at Cambridge or LSE that would be great. Thanks! At the moment I am leaning Trinity with Harvard as a very very close second.
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(Original post by yxkjihgf)
Hello I am an American, and I have offers from all four of these schools, meaning that I have quite the decision to make. I plan to work in London after college and for my career. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions about which of these schools is best as well as the differences between them. Also if anyone can give any insight into being an American at Cambridge or LSE that would be great. Thanks! At the moment I am leaning Trinity with Harvard as a very very close second.
Harvard is even more respected than anywhere in the UK so for job prospects alone that is going to be the better option for you I think but if you are dead set on coming to the UK then pick Cambridge over LSe

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Nice that you have options. I believe it would be better to study in the UK if that is where you want to work - you will get hooked into the networks better, even Harvard can't do better than Cam or LSE. T

hat being said, you should go with your gut, all of the options are absolutely first rate. The UK unis at 3 years, are more narrowly on your chosen discipline. The US schools offer the chance for a broader education with explorations possible. It is up to you what you want.
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(Original post by yxkjihgf)
Hello I am an American, and I have offers from all four of these schools, meaning that I have quite the decision to make. I plan to work in London after college and for my career. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions about which of these schools is best as well as the differences between them. Also if anyone can give any insight into being an American at Cambridge or LSE that would be great. Thanks! At the moment I am leaning Trinity with Harvard as a very very close second.
I'd definitely recommend Harvard (even though I go to Cambridge studying economics in fact). Even though Trinity is the best of the best in the UK, it still comes second to Harvard in almost every aspect.

I'd say coming from Harvard and wanting to work in London will make things easier for you. There's so many Cambridge graduates in the UK now, but you can't say the same about Harvard and its reputation will get you an interview anywhere I bet. Also, whilst you will make a great network in Cambridge, Harvard alumni are the most successful in the world.


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I would go for Harvard (or Yale), 100%.

For essentially the same reasons as the above.
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(Original post by yxkjihgf)
Hello I am an American, and I have offers from all four of these schools, meaning that I have quite the decision to make. I plan to work in London after college and for my career. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions about which of these schools is best as well as the differences between them. Also if anyone can give any insight into being an American at Cambridge or LSE that would be great. Thanks! At the moment I am leaning Trinity with Harvard as a very very close second.
What everyone else is saying is pretty agreeable but I'm just going to point out that you will save SO much money by going to cambridge as tuition is lower
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Harvard 100%. It's true it's easier to get a job in London/UK if you go somewhere like Cambridge/LSE but the Harvard brand will carry so much weight you'll be guaranteed an interview pretty much everywhere.

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I rejected an US ivy for a UK uni because I couldn't bear the thought of a non specialised degree (liberal arts). If you are dead set on econ and you wish to specialise in a way that you wouldn't in the US, go to Cambridge. I value their teaching style more than Harvard where you're taught by mostly grad students. Cambridge is more personal in my opinion. Then again, I only heard from friends and research as I do not attend either institutions (got waitlisted at harvard!) but take a look at their teaching styles and that should be enough. Also reply dates for US unis are long gone. How are you still deciding?
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Keep in mind, too, about the style of teaching at each institution. I went to Harvard, and many of us found it hard to get much contact with the profs. Often, it was teaching assistants - grad students - who were the more intimate points of interaction. This stands in stark contrast to my daughter's experience at Cam, where she is working closely, often individually, with tutors who are top experts in her field.
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Guys I think he's a troll. Reply dates for US unis have passed already.
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[QUOTE=Gabrielxucram;56623223]Guys I think he's a troll. Reply dates for US unis have passed already.[/QUOTE

You are right about the reply dates. I have accepted to Yale, but I was removed from the Harvard waitlist yesterday. Therefore I am allowed to accept there now. Why would I waste my time trolling? I merely want some outside help in making my decision.
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Guys I think he's a troll. Reply dates for US unis have passed already.[/QUOTE

You are right about the reply dates. I have accepted to Yale, but I was removed from the Harvard waitlist yesterday. Therefore I am allowed to accept there now. Why would I waste my time trolling? I merely want some outside help in making my decision.
That clears things up. Sorry it seemed like trolling cause you created your account yesterday and the schools that accepted you are extraordinary. So you already made a deposit at Yale, right? Why change to Harvard if you're staying in the US, then? They are the same level of education (although I'm a Harvard fan boy myself).

Also deadlines in the UK already passed. Which uni did you firm?
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Guys I think he's a troll. Reply dates for US unis have passed already.[/QUOTE

You are right about the reply dates. I have accepted to Yale, but I was removed from the Harvard waitlist yesterday. Therefore I am allowed to accept there now. Why would I waste my time trolling? I merely want some outside help in making my decision.
Please go to Harvard (if you have the chance and money to do so). Yes, it may be generic or broad, but you will be getting one of the best education that is available on the planet. Besides, I think that you can tailor it better in a postgraduate degree. There is a reason why Harvard is Harvard and their alumni come out being more successful than the average bloke.

If you want to work in the UK, then you can do a postgraduate anywhere in the UK, even Cambridge will accept you with open arms (again, if you can afford it.) and you have the grades to weed out the competition from the Oxford and Princeton applicants.

Bearing that in mind, you must think carefully about your future prospects and how you can achieve what you really want with your Harvard education.

I did not go to Harvard, so I do not know what it is really like inside (as an undergrad or postgrad), but from the outside, it seems to be awesome.

Thank me later. Good luck
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Please go to Harvard (if you have the chance and money to do so). Yes, it may be generic or broad, but you will be getting one of the best education that is available on the planet. There is a reason why Harvard is Harvard and their alumni come out being more successful than the average bloke.

If you want to work in the UK, then you can do a postgraduate anywhere in the UK, even Cambridge will accept you with open arms (again, if you can afford it.) and you have the grades to weed out the competition from the Oxford and Princeton applicants.

Bearing that in mind, you must think carefully about your future prospects and how you can achieve what you really want with your Harvard education.

I did not go to Harvard, so I do not know what it is really like inside (as an undergrad or postgrad), but from the outside, it seems to be awesome.

Thank me later. Good luck
Harvard is Harvard because of their postgrad; not their undergrad. If OP is fine with receiving no attention from professors, then sure: Harvard is a good place for him. If OP is fine with not going in depth on econ, then sure: Harvard is a good place for him. Yet, if OP desires to go in depth in studies, narrow down, specialise, and receive 1 to 1 assistance from a professional, then he should go to Cambridge. People make too big of a fuss about US unis specially for undergraduate. They're not that good when it comes to in depth study or pastoral care. If you're the US and want a top notch undergrad which will prepare you for grad school and give you more than a pretty diploma, go to Princeton or William and Mary. If not, Oxbridge, Durham, and a few other top UK unis have way better undergraduate degrees than those of some top notch US unis.

I rejected an US ivy league because I found their undergraduate to be unattractive. I believe I will learn more about my area of interest in 3 semesters in the UK, than an American in a top US uni will in his or her entire undergraduate degree. The American will, however, know more about other areas than I will, yet I don't care about that. As a principle of economics said: we all should specialise!
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That clears things up. Sorry it seemed like trolling cause you created your account yesterday and the schools that accepted you are extraordinary. So you already made a deposit at Yale, right? Why change to Harvard if you're staying in the US, then? They are the same level of education (although I'm a Harvard fan boy myself).

Also deadlines in the UK already passed. Which uni did you firm?
I firmed to Cambridge and insurance accepted to LSE. Yale actually didn't make me put down money to accept their offer, so it would be no problem to switch to Harvard.
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Harvard is Harvard because of their postgrad; not their undergrad. If OP is fine with receiving no attention from professors, then sure: Harvard is a good place for him. If OP is fine with not going in depth on econ, then sure: Harvard is a good place for him. Yet, if OP desires to go in depth in studies, narrow down, specialise, and receive 1 to 1 assistance from a professional, then he should go to Cambridge. People make too big of a fuss about US unis specially for undergraduate. They're not that good when it comes to in depth study or pastoral care. If you're the US and want a top notch undergrad which will prepare you for grad school and give you more than a pretty diploma, go to Princeton or William and Mary. If not, Oxbridge, Durham, and a few other top UK unis have way better undergraduate degrees than those of some top notch US unis.

I rejected an US ivy league because I found their undergraduate to be unattractive. I believe I will learn more about my area of interest in 3 semesters in the UK, than an American in a top US uni will in his or her entire undergraduate degree. The American will, however, know more about other areas than I will, yet I don't care about that. As a principle of economics said: we all should specialise!
Would you say that a student can get a fantastic education in place like Manchester, when compared to Harvard in Engineering or Economics (for undergrad)?
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Would you say that a student can get a fantastic education in place like Manchester, when compared to Harvard in Engineering or Economics (for undergrad)?
Nah I think that's pushing it haha. Engineering is quite specialised in the US as well so Harvard beats it
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I am really surprised at how many advise going to Harvard here.

From my observation of my daughter's experience at Cam, measured against my own at Harvard, my personal opinion is that Cam is superior in terms of the learning experience. Harvard may have the higher rep (#1 instead of #2), but that is based less on the undergrad experience than on the research that the profs are doing - which takes time away from what they can offer undergrads. Think about it.

By the way, yxkjihgf, you must be an outstanding student. Congrats and good luck.
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Nah I think that's pushing it haha. Engineering is quite specialised in the US as well so Harvard beats it
I have been told that Manchester Engineering is very strong especially in Chemical, Electrical/Electronic and Mechanical. So bearing on par with Harvard may not be a stretch.
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