Harvard vs. UofT

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Subject: Harvard vs. UofT
Harvard versus U of T

By SARAH BROWN

Tuesday, April 23, 2002 ? Print Edition, Page A16

New York -- Re Why Harvard Hates Straight A´s (April 22): Having attended both Harvard and the University of Toronto, I can state that there are two differences between the schools: Harvard is much more difficult to get into, whereas the University of Toronto is much more difficult to get out of -- with a degree and decent grades, that is.

At Harvard, undergraduates have to take only four full-time courses per year to earn a degree, and they have a longer school year in which to prepare for their exams. At U of T, five full-time courses must be taken, and the school year is much more condensed.

The atmosphere at Harvard is quite "country-clubish" and leisurely, while at U of T it is a downright pressure-cooker.

At U of T there is an unwritten policy in most classes that 20 per cent of the students in every class will receive a failing grade. At Harvard, most students receive a minimum of A- grades. In fact, to receive anything less than a B, one would have to miss exams and not hand in assignments.

As far as getting into Harvard goes, the most significant factor is whether or not you are a so-called "legacy," meaning that if your father, mother, or sibling went to Harvard before you, you can still get in, as hundreds do, with mediocre grades in high school.

I´m not surprised that current Harvard students feel that they deserve A´s for their $100,000 investment; if they were forced to compete with students at the U of T, many would receive only C´s at best.

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Anybody see this before?

[23-07-2006,01:21]
Anonymous
(in reply to: Harvard vs. UofT)
wow pretty interesting to know
[23-07-2006,03:27]
Anonymous
(in reply to: Harvard vs. UofT)
Yeah, I saw last year on a UofT student´s website.

Everyone knows Harvard isn´t a tough school, just elite. I´m sure most good universities in US and Canada are harder.

[23-07-2006,04:55]
Anonymous
(in reply to: Harvard vs. UofT)
UofT sucks!!
[23-07-2006,08:00]
Anonymous
(in reply to: Harvard vs. UofT)
^u suk
[23-07-2006,15:04]
Anonymous
(in reply to: Harvard vs. UofT)
One question. You say that Harvard is easier to get out of, is that because they kicked you out? That would explain why you had a hard time completing your degree of UofT.
[23-07-2006,15:43]
Anonymous
(in reply to: Harvard vs. UofT)
^what a retard
[23-07-2006,16:13]
Anonymous



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