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Harvard vs Oxford

Two of the greatest universities in the world. But which one is best for you?

Why study at Harvard or Oxford?

Harvard University

Harvard is looking for the leaders and change-makers of tomorrow. As a result, it attracts - and seeks - well-rounded students who are not only eager to learn but likely to inspire others.

Whilst strong academics are important, students must also demonstrate extracurricular engagement and clear personal qualities. In short, good grades are not enough!

Liberal Arts Curriculum

Students don't need to decide on their major until the end of the second year, making this a great option for those who can't decide what to study.

Extracurricular Opportunities

Harvard values extracurriculars just as highly as academics, that's why there are over 450 groups and societies on campus that are heavily funded by the university.

Undergraduate Research

Harvard students engage in world-class research across all disciplines, collaborating with renowned faculty researchers whose work has been featured in top journals and awarded prestigious grants.


Harvard offers 42 Division I intercollegiate varsity teams (more than any other Division I college) and more than 80% of their students participate in athletics of some kind.

Oxford University

Oxford is looking for a scholar; a capable academic who is passionate, rigorous and resilient in the pursuit of knowledge.

They want to see evidence of the student pursuing their chosen subject outside of school and challenging themselves to take the most rigorous curriculum on offer to them.

Tutorial System

The tutorial system offers high levels of contact in small group settings, as well as an in-depth focus on a chosen subject. This allows for an exchange of ideas which facilitates learning beyond lectures.

Extracurricular Opportunities

Oxford has over 400 clubs and societies including 83 sports clubs and the independent student newspaper, allowing students to pursue other interests outside of their studies.


Oxford provides internship opportunities in over 40 countries via its international alumni network and connections with multi-national corporations and cutting-edge research institutions.

Collegiate System

Each student at Oxford will be assigned to a college, where they will live, eat and study. There are 45 to choose from and they vary in size, age and subject focus. Students can state their preference upon application.

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Crimson is here to help!

Applying to top US universities is a difficult task which is why so many students seek external support.

Each of our programmes are tailored to the student and are delivered by a carefully selected team of mentors who provide focused support with each and every aspect of the process.

We are proud to say that students who work with us are four times as likely to get into their dream university than those who apply alone.

By speaking to one of our Academic Advisors you will receive;

  • A full review of your academic and extracurricular profile
  • Tailored guidance as to suitable university pathways
  • An outline of what they need to do to achieve their goals
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Why it's important to start as soon as possible

Did you know that how you perform in the last 4 years of school may affect your world-leading university admissions chances? US Universities ask for information on your achievements over your last 4 years at school so it's crucial to start developing your application strategy and let your personal brand shine through as soon as possible.

+ Time - applying to the US/UK requires knowing what's required and getting ready early

+ Strategy - know when you should start on various elements of the application and which sections take time priority over others

+ Knowledge - can you identify your best-fit university based on your grades, ambitions, interests and location?

+ Extracurricular activities - what are you currently doing and how can you expand upon your leadership candidacy and make a real difference in areas associated with your personal talents and passions?

+ Academics - know how you are tracking compared to others and what’s needed to gain admission to your dream university!


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