Originally posted by zeeblebot
College admissions: What matters most -- SAT scores, grades, or just luck?
When are these "America’s upper-middle-class teens" in the "leafy American suburb[s]" and, more importantly, their parents, going to learn that:
a) If you go to graduate school, the identity of your undergraduate school is borderline irrelevant
b) As long as you get the grades and take the right prerequisites, you can get into a good graduate school, regardless of which undergraduate school you attended
c) If you don't go to graduate school, you're going to be at a competitive disadvantage against those who did, regardless of where you went to undergraduate school.
For example, say Susie Creamcheese wants to be a lawyer. Rather than worrying so much about getting into Dartmouth for undergrad so that Mr. Creamcheese can go into massive debt dropping 200 grand so that Susie can work her tail off competing against 500 other valedictorians who are in her freshman class and so that she can stroll along maple lined stately campuses and stare at the architectural marvels, maybe instead, Susie can go to Podunk State University, spend almost nothing, get excellent grades competing against Joe and Jane Blos, score a 170 on her LSAT and get into Columbia Law School. While in Columbia, she can sit next to Alternate Susie from Dartmouth. Once they both graduate, they'll basically be in the same position to get the same job.
See, the sad thing about a guy like you is in 50 years you're gonna start doing some thinking on your own and you're gonna come up with the fact that there are two certainties in life. One, don't do that. And Two, you dropped a hundred and fifty grand on a [expletive] education you could have gotten for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library.
- Matt Damon's character, Goodwill Hunting