APHill wrote:yes, my expereince browsing forums. At a forum where you have 'In at Harvard' thread and 'In At Souhtwestern' thread plus everything in between being constantly updated - you know you have a decent population to evaluate. maybe not perfect, but as accurate as any online forum will get.
As far as performance is concerned - your performance will be curved against similarly ambitious and hard-working students, and at UofR you have to be on the very top of the pile to be a competitive job candidate. It is like telling Christians being tossed into the lion den that their well being will depend solely on their performance....
you are going to be curved against students whereever you go, regardless of the institution. are you implying that you can slack off and do terrible at a top30 school and be more competetive than a top candidate at a top70 school?
".. as accurate as any online forum will get." this is the problem. the accuracy of online forums is suspect at best, especially when considering a forum which is top heavy with gunners and those who know about it / care about it. there are many
resources for analysis out there, not all of them in forum format and not all of them online.
richmond is not the only under-represented school on this forum and it cannot be assumed that it is because the students "don't do their homework". it also doesn't intrinsically imply that job prospects are shit. i'm not sure what you're basing that on other than common perception. at the end of the day it may be true, NOW, that there are fewer opportunities.
however, no one can accurately predict the state of the market 3 years from now and nobody can accurately predict an variable amount of intangibles. that alone should lead you to use selection criteria weighted on other merits. the current job prospects is neither accurate or current enough to be very useful.