And nerdphanie, I was speaking more of laypeople's opinions, which I think is inherent in the notion of prestige. Neither of these schools will put you at a disadvantage internationally. Yale kids will tell you that the smaller size increases demand as firms want at least one Yale grad. Harvard kids will tell you that the larger class size leads to better connections which trumps everything in the end. It's probably a wash.
Just like to interject that Yale has reading groups as well. If there isn't a group available that interests you, you can work with a professor and other students to create your own.
that's why i'm in love with the size of harvard -- lots of potential friends, lots of potential faculty mentors, tons and tons and tons of classes to take. oh dear.
that's why i'm in love with the size of harvard
Also, on campus housing at Harvard is atrocious when compared to Stanford.