Geneva wrote: Perdevise wrote:
kindaklueless wrote:Half the people I met at Columbia last week seemed to be waiting on Stanford and Harvard.
Thats funny. At NYU's ASD, no one mentioned HYS (some talked about Columbia).
A couple people at Mich's ASDasked about HYS (I think a couple ppl others had been admitted to stanford and at least one person to harvard). The school basically refused to say that HYS was better and some answers even implied that MICH is better. E.g. "For clerkships/a career in academia, Mich is better than Harvard. Also Harvard kids are really hurting for jobs bc of their class size" "Stanford isn't as interdisciplinary as Mich, people are more competitive, and the quality of profs for rec letters is often inferior bc so many ppl commute."
Even if these statements are partial truths (why I mostly, but not entirely doubt), it was really offputting to hear faculty/admin bash other schools. Is this kinda stuff common? I haven't been to many ASDs, but at least BU was honest. "If you want a career in academia, this is not the place to come." At least my disappointment in Mich really narrows down my decision...
Depressingly common. It's sort of the exception for them not to do it. Even at NYU, where (as I said) the students seemed really proud of and secure in their options, a few professors attacked HYS (and especially CLS) for various reasons and without being solicited for negatives about them.
When I get asked which other schools I'm considering by 1-3Ls, professors or admissions people I politely but plainly refuse to answer. I know the best aspects of all of the schools I'm considering, and I go to these events to learn more about the particular school I'm visiting. If I want to hear why school X sucks, I can find a surfeit of information on TLS or xoxohth. If a school cannot stand on its own merits or would rather spend precious time bashing others, it does them more of a disservice in my eyes than anything else.