The Stig wrote: 123kl wrote: Knock wrote:
IncorrectReversal wrote:123kl, would you ever choose S over H anyway?
This isn't really uncommon at all.
S definitely has its advantages over H. If I got in, I'd definitely have to go visit to decide for sure.
tgir wrote:Also, I got bored one night and ran some LSN numbers on cross-admits for the last 3 completed cycles. I only used profiles that clearly showed where the person had decided to enroll, as many were unclear or just not indicated at all.
Among those who got into both H and S in the last three years, 30 chose S and 30 chose H (I know, I couldn't believe that it worked out so perfectly either). And of course, there were a few H+S admits who went elsewhere, but I didn't tally them.
Also, among those who got into Y+S+H (very small numbers) in the last three years, 11 turned down Y to chose S, while 6 turned down Y to chose H. I looked back even further in LSN history, and the trend seemed to be that H and S used to steal roughly equal numbers, with S gaining the upper hand in the most recent cycles.
I realize these are very small numbers that may not be representative. But I think they show that, when facing off head-to-head, Stanford and Harvard are pretty much equally appealing to cross-admits. And, additionally, it seems that Stanford is at least as good, and probably a little better, at stealing cross-admits away from Yale.
ETA: actually quoted tgir
Because finals loom, a story, a recommendation, and a wish:
Faculty & admissions staff have suggested to me that Stanford gets one in three Y/S cross-admits (most
of whom also get H...) and is more or less in a dead heat with H.
If you have specific ambitions, there are very compelling reasons to choose of the three schools over another; if you don't, you should choose on quality of life, as none of the three will constrain general options in any
quantifiable way. All are fantastic institutions (if for slightly different reasons) and you're unbelievably lucky (and hardworking, and talented . . .) to have been admitted.
Best of luck, and hope to see you all at admit weekend!