Birchwood wrote:Lomax wrote:In regards to borderline candidates from lesser-respected schools and/or with lesser-respected majors potentially losing out to ones from better-respected schools and/or with better-respected majors - key here is that had the former candidate gone to a better-respected school and/or chosen a better-respected major, he or she probably would have been an auto-reject instead of a borderline candidate, given the hit his or her GPA would almost certainly have taken.
Good point, which make me wonder why the hell we all work so hard to get into great (and $$) undergrads when going to a decent school would actually end up putting you ahead of the game in terms of both grad school admission and debt.
Obviously a good number of high school seniors haven't figured out their post-UG plans, but it's safe to say that many of the bright/overachieving kids that end up at top UG's are planning on some kind of post-graduate study that would benefit from having big fish in a small pond type credentials. Not to mention substantially less stress.
Exactly. What exists is a scam, fed both by people's shortsightedness and stupidity, and also by their greediness for prestige. Look at how many Ivy League undergraduates are entering middle-of-the-road law schools alongside lazy state-schoolers who simply did well enough on the LSAT, with heaps of debt and poor job prospects - just because they had to show everyone just how good they were (no offense to anyone here, and please do not take all this absolutely literally).
Of course, for those going straight into business - perhaps hoping to soon enter a prestigious MBA program - having an Ivy League name on the resume would be a great thing.