bhan87 wrote:The only situations I'd consider passing up Harvard are:
1. Acceptance at Yale / Stanford and I prefer those schools
2. Hamilton fellowship at Columbia (maybe, if I really would prefer to live in NYC)
Personally I would never pass up the opportunity to go to Harvard for a Darrow at Michigan. The difference is just too big.
What differences are you referring to? A lot of people are saying the differences just aren't big enough
I havent heard anything about the Darrow mentorship. From what I understand the Darrow is a scholarship, not a fellowship(which would imply research/mentorship). Im in contact with a Darrow scholar now who turned down all of HYS and will be e-mailing him later tonight for some more specific info. I'll PM you.
Some big differences from what I understand are(these are from my perspective so it might not hit your interests): Harvard owns DC(gov't work), consulting firms recruit pretty hard at HLS(and their hiring is picking up according to a few people I know), opportunity to cross-register or dual degree at HBS, easier access to firm opportunities as a 1L(Ive been told this is especially true for URMs), huge network(again, especially for URMs), better chance at elite firms/PI/in-house, name opens doors even if you dont do so hot. And of course clerkships, academia and all that jazz.