For so long Harvard and Stanford university have competed for their position as the leading higher education institute in the US. While the British have Oxford and Cambridge, The States host Harvard's Crimson and Stanford's Cardinal ranks. Bound by their illustrious alumni and heritage the story of these rivals is over a century in the making.

Harvard was founded in 1636. It is named so after English clergyman, John Harvard. Harvard's impact is not only found on campus however. Cambridge, the city within which Harvard is based, is affectionately named after the British university through which he graduated.

Stanford was founded in 1891 by railroad tycoon, Leland Stanford. Stanford was inspired to create the 8,000 acre campus following the loss of his son, Leland Stanford Jr. who passed away with typhoid before reaching his 16th birthday. It has gone on to become a venue celebrated for its ethnic diversity and the innovative nature of its students.

Let's contrast their locations. Stanford is set to the east in California and resides in idyllic Palo Alto. The university is just a short journey to Silicon Valley and a CalTrain from San Jose and San Francisco. It's a stark contrast to the setting of Harvard.
While Harvard is based in Cambridge, it is a short distance from historic Boston. Boston is famous as the base of the American revolution and the Tea Party. It is marked by the history of men and women who have shaped the nation. Curiously, Harvard resides next to MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Cambridge is concentrated with the most talented and precocious students in the world.

Getting into Stanford and Harvard is not easy. The application process to both is formidable. While over 30,000 applicants apply to the universities each year, the percentage accepted has fallen consistently. For the class of 2016, Harvard accepted just 5.9% of applicants while Stanford's rate fared little better at 6.6%.

Should you be accepted at either you'll join a glittering cast of men and women. Harvard's alumni include Barack Obama, Donald Trump as well as notable dropouts, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Matt Damon. Stanford too has hosted Presidents, leaders in technology and innovation and figures in entertainment. Herbert Hoover, Hewlett-Packard, and Reese Witherspoon are all products of Stanford.

Thank you for taking a few moments to read this article. Getting into Harvard or Stanford is a difficult undertaking and not one for feint hearts. With tireless preparation and passion you can go forth and realize your dreams.
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