Does Undergraduate School Matter?

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Does Undergraduate School Matter?

Postby nystateofmind » Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:46 am

URM undergrad here.

I go to very small public university, the reason is mainly because of cost as it very inexpensive but still somewhat respected. (It was named the best value college in Alabama by the Princeton Review, for whatever that's worth :lol: ) My main question is that if this can really hold me back from getting into a prestigious school like Columbia.

I'm really worried about this; any response will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Re: Does Undergraduate School Matter?

Postby Cupidity » Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:47 am

Are you for real?

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Re: Does Undergraduate School Matter?

Postby nystateofmind » Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:50 am

Cupidity wrote:Are you for real?


Sorry if I sound naive, probably do, but I don't know if it would hurt me or not on an application to a T14 school.

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Re: Does Undergraduate School Matter?

Postby Cupidity » Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:52 am

nystateofmind wrote:
Cupidity wrote:Are you for real?


Sorry if I sound naive, probably do, but I don't know if it would hurt me or not on an application to a T14 school.


If anything, your poor research skills are going to do you in.

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Re: Does Undergraduate School Matter?

Postby vespertiliovir » Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:53 am

nah, a GPA is a GPA when it really comes down to it.

also don't be too hard OP he is clearly new and probably doesn't yet know the bounty that tls has to offer ;)

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Re: Does Undergraduate School Matter?

Postby nystateofmind » Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:55 am

Cupidity wrote:
nystateofmind wrote:
Cupidity wrote:Are you for real?


Sorry if I sound naive, probably do, but I don't know if it would hurt me or not on an application to a T14 school.


If anything, your poor research skills are going to do you in.


I don't think so, the school I go to did get that rating from Forbes and the Princeton Review

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Re: Does Undergraduate School Matter?

Postby vespertiliovir » Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:58 am

nystateofmind wrote:I don't think so, the school I go to did get that rating from Forbes and the Princeton Review
he was referring to the fact that this is a really common question on these boards

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Re: Does Undergraduate School Matter?

Postby mstaten » Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:59 am

Cupidity wrote:If anything, your poor research skills are going to do you in.

LOL :lol:

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Re: Does Undergraduate School Matter?

Postby Cupidity » Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:01 am

vespertiliovir wrote:also don't be too hard OP he is clearly new and probably doesn't yet know the bounty that tls has to offer ;)


I'm welcoming him to the feast.

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Re: Does Undergraduate School Matter?

Postby vespertiliovir » Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:03 am

true you were positively gentle by these standards lol

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Re: Does Undergraduate School Matter?

Postby nystateofmind » Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:04 am

Cupidity wrote:
vespertiliovir wrote:also don't be too hard OP he is clearly new and probably doesn't yet know the bounty that tls has to offer ;)


I'm welcoming him to the feast.


lol welcome appreciated
probably should have looked more on the boards
your advice is duly noted

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Re: Does Undergraduate School Matter?

Postby El_Gallo » Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:06 am

vespertiliovir wrote:nah, a GPA is a GPA when it really comes down to it.


Better be ready to hit the LSAT out of the park though Broski. Do not underestimate the importance of it or the value of preparing for it.

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Re: Does Undergraduate School Matter?

Postby byunbee » Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:13 am

El_Gallo wrote:
vespertiliovir wrote:nah, a GPA is a GPA when it really comes down to it.


Better be ready to hit the LSAT out of the park though Broski. Do not underestimate the importance of it or the value of preparing for it.


check his profile, OP already scored 171.

Columbia's an extreme reach with the 3.2 GPA, though. with his URM status, he would've been better off splitting high GPA-low LSAT.

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Re: Does Undergraduate School Matter?

Postby El_Gallo » Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:18 am

sweet nards

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Re: Does Undergraduate School Matter?

Postby PDaddy » Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:33 am

vespertiliovir wrote:nah, a GPA is a GPA when it really comes down to it.

also don't be too hard OP he is clearly new and probably doesn't yet know the bounty that tls has to offer ;)


Partially credited. But to the extent that certain schools are known for grade inflation this is over-general. All things held equal, a 3.5 graduate of a Cal State school is at a slight disadvantage against a similarly credentialed graduate from UCLA or an even more prestigious school. But no efficient adcom is going to blindly accept or reject someone because of their school. They are, however, going to mind the trends of certain schools, especially where certain graduates tend to do well at their law schools.




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