I attended a top rank small liberal arts college, earned a . at a top ranked, medium sized university and carried out post-doctoral work for 5 years at Harvard including assisting in undergraduate education and can provide some individual perspective. Then then went on to work at advanced research institutes which run advanced graduate studies. My undergraduate roommate transferred from Harvard after his first year by choice and was glad of it. Al daughter of a colleague of mine who graduated from Harvard rued the day she decided to go to Harvard – to advanced and specialized. There is a warning here to admissions and applicants. My experience and evaluation revealed that Harvard is directed more to graduate and advanced studies than undergraduate studies. You will get less attention as an undergraduate than at a small liberal arts college and your curriculum will not be as well developed since the major emphasis of the Harvard academics is on their advanced study programs. Programs at the top small liberal arts colleges are likely to be better thought out for the undergraduate and although your Professors may not be world class academics, that is less important at the undergraduate level where mastering of basic skills and engagement with and by interested and creative faculty is a lot more important. For many, like myself, it proved better to develop the background that can be used to take advantage of all that Harvard can offer before jumping in to this environment which can then prove a remarkably enriching experience.
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Interviews are my favorite part of the process because we finally get to meet you in person. Interviews will occur between mid-October and mid-November. In addition to on-campus interviews, we also conduct interviews in Shanghai, Tokyo, Dubai, Mumbai, São Paulo, New York City, Bay Area CA, London, and Paris. Where you interview does NOT affect your likelihood to be accepted (all interviews globally are conducted only by members of the Admissions Board). Choose what’s most convenient for you, and if you aren’t able to travel, we will work something out via Skype.