Kronk wrote:UT Austin is actually better than either of those schools if we're considering North Carolina and Texas the South
Are you delusional?
The whole undergrad prestige thing is stupid. Specializations matter way more in undergrad so depending on what you study the top schools change.
For example look at the Bloomberg Top 10 undergrad business schools.
2. Notre Dame
3. Boston College
Don't think anyone would consider Indiana or Bentley national powerhouse schools, but for business they place extremely well into all of the top accounting, finance, and consulting firms. I went to Bentley and it was weird to not see someone working at Deloitte, PwC, E&Y, KPMG, Bain, Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan and other places with similar prestige. If you look at the Top 10 Engineering schools for undergrad there's literally one school that's the same.
3. Cal Berkeley
4. Cal Tech
5. Georgia Tech
6. University of Illinois
8. Carnegie Mellon
IMO undergrad matters far less than grad school. A good GPA is the most important thing whether you went to some random state school or NYU. If you graduate from a top school with a shit GPA you're no better than a state school kid with a 3.9-4.0 from what I've seen.