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What's more important in a college?

I'm applying to colleges, and I'm torn between Harvard and UChicago. I love both (I went to Harvard Summer School), but they're very different from each other - Harvard has the name and prestige, and UChicago has a very close and welcoming community; both have the academic rigor I'm looking for.

I'm wondering what other people's thoughts are - is it more important to have the name for when you graduate, or the experience while you're there with a lesser known college?

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  • neniaf
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Among those who matter, the University of Chicago is in no way lesser-known. The only people who would think more of Harvard are those lacking education themselves, and they won't be in a position to help you. Academics, or those who hire well-educated graduates, would be equally impressed with both. I think you would do equally well with either, and I wish you luck.

  • 1 decade ago

    I don't get how you can think UChicago is lesser of a school?! If you can possibly be lucky enough to get accepted into either you should be weighing out which school you enjoy being around and could see yourself spending the next four years of your life. You want to be in a place that you enjoy because it will help you keep your grades up. If anyone tells you UChicago is not well-known slap em in the face.

  • 1 decade ago

    UChicago is also very prestigious. You should go for the one where you think you'll be happiest--in this case, it's UChicago. So go there, if that's where you want to be, because it IS also a very prestigious school.

  • 1 decade ago

    Go to the one you want to go to, but you probably have a better chance of getting accepted to Chicago. I don't know you, but I know for that it's extremely hard for anyone to be accepted into Harvard, and if you go to Chicago - a lot cheaper.

  • eri
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Personally, I think your decision will be made for you in April. You should apply to more than 2 colleges anyway.

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