Originally Posted by rach2jlc
I'm definitely not one who cares WHERE one goes, from Community College to Oxford, so long as they get something from it and develop critical thinking skills, but I think this is a gross oversimplification/generalization and fails to take into consideration a student's hard work and effort to get into such a school.
I'm of the belief that it's always best to go where you can afford/where is economically feasible/what fits your needs and just work hard, but there ARE reasons to choose a top 10 program beyond just "that the name sounds nice." Resources, research opportunities, internships, faculty, networking opportunities, etc. etc. etc.
for graduate i totally agree... but undergrad? lol
the thing is that if you are full scholarship at a wellknown but not top 10 undergrad college, you will definitely get preferential treatment... for example, i have a friend from high school at wake forest on full scholarship, and the school basically makes sure that he has all the best opportunities... another one of my friends at UNC has a similar package... and in no way do i think they have less opportunity than at an ivy, but they are paying 50k less per year
and my friends at state school (UT Austin) got great internships that paid really well this summer, just having finished freshman year, and all the big companies go recruit there, from facebook to google to goldman to exxon, so i don't think they are lacking in opportunities at all
finally, my friends from high school that went to harvard and stanford got crap internships or no internships at all, but at least they know it doesnt really matter since companies will hire them no matter what
i got a decent internship but it certainly didnt pay as well as the ones my state school friends got, then again i go to a tiny liberal arts college in the middle of nowhere
all this is anecdotal to be sure, but i think its representative of how things work