Harvard University vs. Stanford University

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Harvard and Stanford are both top Universities in America. The former lies on the East coast while the latter is on the West Coast of the United Sates.

Harvard University is the leading institution of higher learning located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA while Stanford University is located in Stanford, CA, USA. Both are epitomes of education today and have produced numerous known leaders and businessmen of the world.

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Founded on March 13, 1639 November 11, 1885
Mascot John Harvard Cardinal
Website www.harvard.edu www.stanford.edu
School color Crimson Cardinal
Famous Alumni Franklin Roosevelt, John F Kennedy, T.S. Elliot, John Adams, etc. Jim Allchin, Andrew Grove, Larry Page, Herbert Hoover, Condoleeza Rice.
Campus Area 380 acres 8180 acres
Field Higher Education, Research Higher Education, Research
What is it? Top East Coast University in America Top West Coast University in America
Motto Veritas, Latin for Truth Die Luft der Freiheit weht meaning The wind of Freedom blows
Undergraduates 6,715 6,689
Graduates 12,424 8,201
Endowment US $34.9 billion US $ 17.2 Billion
Type Private Private
Location Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA Stanford, CA, USA
President Drew Gilpin Faust John L Hennessy
Staff 2,497 non-medical, 10,674 medical 1807
students 2,497 non-medical, 10,674 medical 1807

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edit History

Harvard University was founded in 1639 by John Harvard. In the 17th century, Harvard University established the Indian College in order to educate Native Americans, but it was not a success and disappeared by 1693. Between 1800 and 1870 a transformation of Harvard occurred which E. Digby Baltzell calls "privatization”. During this period, Harvard experienced unparalleled growth that put it into a different category from other colleges. Ronald Story notes in 1850, Harvard's total assets were "five times that of Amherst and Williams combined, and three times that of Yale.... By 1850, it was a genuine university, 'unequalled in facilities”. Ever since that there has been no looking back and today, Harvard is considered one of the premier centers of higher learning in the world.

Stanford University dates to the late 19th Century and was founded by a former Governor of California in memory of his son who perished at a young age. Stanford University has become the leading University and Research Facility on the West Coast of America, and is also recognized as one of the top 20 Universities in the world. Stanford University has Undergraduate, Graduate, Law, Medicine, and other degree programs for students.

edit Schools and Programs

Harvard University has schools of Arts & Sciences, Engineering & Applied Sciences, a Business School, Divinity School, School of Government, as well as Medical and Legal departments. It has programs ranging from Architecture, Biophysics, Business Economics to forestry. There are extentive programs available under its research schools also.

Stanford University has both graduate and undergraduate programs in Earth Science, Engineering, Humanities & Science, Education, Business, Medical and Law. Stanford also has a huge variety of programs. Harvard Business School is the most respected institution for business management, investment studies and .market research in the country. The Stanford School of Engineering is one of the best institutions for research and development in the country, though most associate Stanford with IT development excellence at the academic level.

edit Faculty and Education

Stanford currently has 1807 faculty members, including Nobel laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners. The Stanford faculty is divided as follows in various Schools:

Total Faculty 1,807*
Members of Academic Council 1,418
Percentages are rounded
Graduate School of Business 96 (5%)
School of Earth Sciences 45 (2%)
School of Education 47 (3%)
School of Engineering 231 (13%)
School of Humanities and Sciences 524 (29%)
School of Law 48 (3%)
School of Medicine 766 (42%)
Other:(SLAC, FSI, Independent Labs) 50 (3%)

Harvard has 2,497 faculty members in the non-medical devision and 10,674 medical faculty.

edit Facilities

The Harvard University Library is considered to be the largest and most extensive research library in the world. For housing at Harvard, Thirteen Houses make up the Harvard-Radcliffe House system. Twelve are residences for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. (Undergraduates spend their first year in dormitories in or near Harvard Yard.) A 13th House is a center for graduate students, nonresident undergraduates, and undergraduates living in small cooperative Houses (in which students prepare their own meals and do household chores in exchange for reduced room and board). Harvard prides itself at its publications including the Harvard University Gazette. Harvard University is also home to many superior examples of American architecture including the Massachusetts Hall and The John Harvard Statue and some museums.

The Stanford University Library is equally good and also prides itself on the Stanford University Press. The Stanford University comprises of extensive computer networking linking more than 1,50,000 computers. The undergraduate housing system at stanford includes 78 very diverse residential facilities, including academic-focus, language and culture, and cross-cultural houses; student-managed row-type houses; apartments; suites; and traditional residence halls. In 2006, Stanford Dining won the Ivy Award for Excellence in Dining. It serves about 3,250,000 meals annually. There are 40 recognized religious organizations on the Stanford campus. The Stanford Lively Arts Foundation brings the theatre dimension to student life. Stanford has associations with more than 70 charitable and voluntary organizations for public service work for students. Stanford maintains one million gross feet of indoor facilities and 94 acres of outdoor fields. Among Stanford's facilities are the 50,000-seat Stanford Stadium, the 6,786-yard Stanford Golf Course; the 7,000-seat Maples Pavilion, with one of the finest basketball surfaces in the world; the 4,000-seat Sunken Diamond; the 14-court Taube Family Tennis Stadium; and the the 2,500-seat, four-pool Avery Aquatic Complex.

edit Sports

At Stanford, the annual football game against the University of California Berkeley Golden Bears is regarded the Big Game. It is preceded by Gaieties, a student-produced musical follies. Stanford has won the Director's Cup, which honors the most successful program in NCAA Division I sports for the last 12 years. In 2005-06, Stanford won three national team championships and had 13 teams in the top five and 20 in the top 10. Forty-two athletes and coaches also represented Stanford at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Stanford offers about 300 athletic scholarships. About 800 students participate in intercollegiate sports.

Harvard has excelled in sports like football, basketball, baseball, and soccer and has produced many world class players like Jenifer Boterril, Julie chu and Jamie Hagerman.

edit Cost to Attend

Undergraduate cost at Harvard for the academic year 2006-07 are as follows:

For Stanford undergraduate study may cost anywhere between $40,000 to $45,000.

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Anonymous comments (4)

November 28, 2009, 1:54am

Like the last commenter, I attended both Harvard and Stanford. I found Harvard's strength to be its research library, but the community was extremely unwelcoming, isolating, and socially exclusive. An intellectually driven young man with an outgoing personality, I was perceived as a social and intellectual threat on the Harvard campus and terrorized and rejected accordingly. Stanford's library holdings are dwarfed by those of Harvard, but both the undergraduate and graduate students at Stanford are less obsessed with one's personal pedigree. Stanford's campus clearly has its advantages, though Harvard has a slight edge on campus-adjacent nightlife. I found the quality of instruction at both institutions to be excellent.

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August 11, 2009, 6:08pm

I attended Harvard as an undergrad and Stanford as a graduate student. I don't buy the claim that either institution surpasses the other in terms of academic or intellectual opportunities, or in the strength of its students. The two do differ, however, in ways that seem obvious but which warrant attention. Harvard is older and is infused (even now) with the Anglophilia the characterized much of late 19th and early 20th century USA. This has been watered down some, but it is still pervasive: the House System ( a Disneyesque recreation of Oxford and Cambridge colleges), "Masters Open Houses," the Head of the Charles, Gentlemen's Final clubs, etc. This Anglophilia has its charms but can also be alienating. Stanford, on the other hand, is destinctively more "American," --in good and bad senses. It is less tradition bound and thus seems to provide greater freedom for personal growth and experience. But a preference for the practical over the intellectual also characterizes the campus

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April 22, 2010, 5:37pm

This Harvard and Stanford alum recently got a call from Harvard asking for donations to the endowment. Are they kidding? The administrators for my graduate program were unproductive, unresponsive, and incompetent. They were like a Soviet bureaucracy: you could be the energizer bunny at jumping through their paperwork hoops and still they could screw you in the end - they were THAT incompetent. Forget professionalism -- one administrator actually yelled at my face when I inquired about information in my student records! He was like a kindergartner in Romper Room, no exaggeration. I objected on ethical, environmental, and financial grounds to printing and binding a final project using heavy weight, bleached paper and hardcover binding. They refused to discuss the issue and withheld my diploma until I acquiesced. Meanwhile, people all over campus gloated how "crimson is the new green." Besides, with research projects, coursework, and extracurriculars, how many extra hours in a day does a busy professional/student have for administrators who forget to process documents, outright lose paperwork, and waste time? They almost screwed up my transcript for failing to investigate something! While at Harvard I took classes with undergrads on sports teams who were so unengaged, unintelligent, and uninterested it was stunning. These same undergrads, desperate to exclude me from campus life, would actively mock me as I tripped in snow walking home, cuss me out under their breath as I walked through the Yard, and try to convince as many undergrads and grad students as possible to ignore me. They enjoyed access to professional, networking, and recruitment opportunities that I was institutionally denied access to. What made my social experience at Harvard even more absurd is that I actually enjoyed networking with elites! Meanwhile, my advisor, whose every event, seminar, and class I attended in earnest for a year was too busy to write me even the simplest letter of recommendation so that I could pursue my dream of a PhD and the lifetime of teaching, educational leadership, and research that would follow. To put this in context, I was the Harvard student who practically hero worshipped his instructors. Admittedly, I still think my professors at Harvard were amazing, but what a sad outcome at a university I loved so much when I had initially set foot on campus. Contrast Harvard with Stanford. The minute I was admitted, Stanford plugged me into practically every professional recruitment program available - 6 months before I even set foot on campus! The professors at Stanford equally brilliant and they take the time to talk to graduate students about research projects, field interests, and - critical for an aspiring grad student - they write letters of recommendation. Stanford students are more intelligent (and kind!) than their Harvard counterparts - a statement qualified only on the limited range of classes I took at both schools, but noteworthy as an individual's experience nonetheless. In all fairness, I found the same instruction quality at both universities. And while Stanford's library for my field fell short compared to the researcher's Disneyland that Widener turned out to be, it was nevertheless impressive. But Stanford outside of the classroom couldn't be more different: at Stanford I never feared being cussed out, mocked, or socially excluded. At Harvard, the path to campus success is paved through advertising where your dad went to school. At Stanford, that's refreshingly irrelevant, and should be. For such an expensive investment of one's time and money, there's no room to take chances. So, if you're not a member of the American elite, why gamble with the arbitrary approval/disapproval system of Harvard? Case in point: without elite connections or a seat in a PhD program, I walked straight into the worst job market since the Great Depression. If Harvard wants to grow it's endowment further, they should focus on the elites whose dads did not tell them to pay their own way through life. At this point, how should I contribute to Harvard's endowment? After I have a truly fair shot of admission to their PhD program. In the meantime, I'm probably not the best candidate for donations. Sincerely, Anonymous Harvard alum

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December 8, 2011, 10:29pm

No ties to Stanford, but as someone who did the MIT/Harvard combo, I concur that the BUREAUCRACY at Harvard is painful. Where MIT offices routinely stretched deadlines and fudged class limits, Harvard would announce "too late!" if you SNEEZED the wrong way.

Harvard offers fine instruction in the classes themselves, but I really don't like the attitude. Given a choice, I'd pick Stanford -- or even UCB -- the second time around.

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