legends159 wrote:I'm always wondering, why do people think (and whether or not this is true is debatable) that HYS is somehow in a separate league than the rest of the T14?
I can understand Yale (at least to a greater extent) just because it's so hard to get in. You not only need amazing numbers but also be a unique flower. To a lesser extent Stanford, though with high enough grades you have a very good shot at SLS.
The difference between the average person at Harvard as opposed to CLS is probably 2 LSAT questions or a couple more A's as opposed to A-'s in UG. Is that really such a big deal? And plenty of people who are at CCN have identical or better numbers than some people at HYS.
I suppose at the end of the day it's the branding that matters not the quality of student.
That's humility which everyone has to respect. But as you say yourself, it's branding. I'm sorry but I don't believe that there is some intellectual difference between people at HYS and people at essentially any of the top 14. The fact is that branding matters--a bit too much actually. It's kind of ridiculous that this guy transferring to Harvard over Chicago could actually make a difference in what job he gets.