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    Hi guys,
    I am currently studying at A level history politics and sociology. At GCSE I got 2 A*s, 4 A's, 4 B's (relatively poor but good when contextualised to my high school and background). I got 4 A's ah As in history, politics, sociology and PE and I am predicted 3 A*s at A level. Extra curricularly I write regular blogs on historical topics, play a lot of sport at county level, and have close links with my local MP which has proved to be valuable work experience.

    I have received an offer from Oxford for history, however I always wanted to apply to Harvard. I struggled to do so because my college offered me precious little guidance (as they didn't know), and my parents etc were also unsure of the application process. However I have done some research into the application process but it wasn't in time for this years deadlines.

    Therefore, I would like advice on whether there is any point in reapplying next year for Harvard? I am aware that the acceptance rate is ridiculously low at around 6% and that my GCSE's may work against me. Also, Is there any difference in the standing between a degree from Oxford or from Harvard?
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    If you have an offer from Oxford, you should just go there. The hassle of getting into Harvard (ECs, SATs, ACTs, etc, etc) is not worth it; the quality of degree you receive from both will not be majorly different.
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    (Original post by dommyb98)
    Hi guys,
    I am currently studying at A level history politics and sociology. At GCSE I got 2 A*s, 4 A's, 4 B's (relatively poor but good when contextualised to my high school and background). I got 4 A's ah As in history, politics, sociology and PE and I am predicted 3 A*s at A level. Extra curricularly I write regular blogs on historical topics, play a lot of sport at county level, and have close links with my local MP which has proved to be valuable work experience.

    I have received an offer from Oxford for history, however I always wanted to apply to Harvard. I struggled to do so because my college offered me precious little guidance (as they didn't know), and my parents etc were also unsure of the application process. However I have done some research into the application process but it wasn't in time for this years deadlines.

    Therefore, I would like advice on whether there is any point in reapplying next year for Harvard? I am aware that the acceptance rate is ridiculously low at around 6% and that my GCSE's may work against me. Also, Is there any difference in the standing between a degree from Oxford or from Harvard?
    Dude Oxford is better than Harvard in undergraduate imo. If you have an offer from Oxford, reapplying to Harvard wouldn't be too smart. Aim to get into Harvard for postgrad if you want to go to Harvard that much.

    In terms of your academics and extracurriculars, you would definitely have a chance of getting in to Harvard depending on your SATs/ACT scores and your essay. However honestly it is not worth it if you are just looking for prestige because both are equal in terms of prestige.

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    Thanks yeah I will probably aim to go there for postgrad. It's not just the prestige it's more the fact that I'm bored of the UK, I would love a change of scenery and a bit of a challenge. I understand that it would be a bit pointless now though especially with the SAT/ACT's. Thanks though man
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    Dude Oxford is better than Harvard in undergraduate imo. If you have an offer from Oxford, reapplying to Harvard wouldn't be too smart. Aim to get into Harvard for postgrad if you want to go to Harvard that much.

    In terms of your academics and extracurriculars, you would definitely have a chance of getting in to Harvard depending on your SATs/ACT scores and your essay. However honestly it is not worth it if you are just looking for prestige because both are equal in terms of prestige.

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    (Original post by dommyb98)
    Thanks yeah I will probably aim to go there for postgrad. It's not just the prestige it's more the fact that I'm bored of the UK, I would love a change of scenery and a bit of a challenge. I understand that it would be a bit pointless now though especially with the SAT/ACT's. Thanks though man
    Honestly Oxford is probably more of an academic challenge than Harvard at the undergraduate level because of specialisation and grade inflation but I get what you mean! Honestly I am sure you would do extremely well if you took the SAT/ACT and the SAT 2s as well. I took all of them blind and did ok (and I didn't get an offer from Oxford ) but 6% chance is honestly not worth the reapplication.

    No problem glad I helped somewhat

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