Originally Posted by Piobaire
Umm, pretty sure you just said:
Yes, if you want to nationally pick the best schools and include them in your set, that's just fine. But they ain't Ivy. Also, U of M is not private. So what exactly is your set criteria? Ivy? Private? Or just good? If "just good" is your set criteria, I agree with you. But your quote specifically referenced Ivy.
No, I included Stanford in my post as one of several "prestigious" schools, because that's what Connemara did. I'm pretty sure that it isn't an Ivy league either, but he lumped it in with schools that asian kids will kill themselves if they don't get into them. I mentioned UofM because I have a friend doing grad school there and I know it's competitive.
In my "list" would be schools that are highly competitive and are usually full of driven, goal oriented people. That's what I'm talking about. People tend to lump in "ivy league" schools with places like UChicago, Stanford, John's Hopkins, NYU etc... I thought I made that clear but obviously I didn't.
I maintain that the people around you are the most important thing, so that's why I would prefer schools which are highly selective, even for undergrad. I also know there's all these schools like Amherst, Williams or something, and Middlebury. Don't really know much about them, but in any case, I was talking about great, prestigious schools in general (since Connemara in his original post mentioned Stanford, which is not an ivy league, but is prestigious).