I had a 2370 SAT, 5's in 6 APs, 2 scientific publications, and Bronze in a country-wide Math Olympiad. Why was I rejected from all the top schools in the US?

Join the club...

Did you actually apply to all of the top 25- or just specific ones?

Just like admissions - which makes decisions based both on "qualifications" and diversity of the incoming students - many aspects of "top schools" are somewhat arbitrary.

There are over 100 Tier 1 schools in the US

As a chemistry - math double major, I picked a "safety school" which I personally knew would get me into the graduate programs I wanted - meaning that the academics were top tier and I was doing undergraduate research by the time I graduated.

I went to my "safety school" - because I did not get admission to the "top schools" on my list.

While an undergraduate - I learned a key lesson - no one in science cares where you went as an undergraduate - but where you attend graduate school is incredibly important

This works for the vast majority of careers - as long as you attend a Tier 1 undergraduate school

I went to a top 5 graduate school in my field - and this absolutely made my career -

My ex brother in law attended a graduate program at Harvard - and he is now a multi-millionaire (after working in the Clinton White House) -

No one really cares about where we went as undergraduates

There are lots of people applying for very few slots - to have the priviledge of overpaying for opportunities in academics that exist elsewhere

But the top schools - by attracting certain people- are great places for networking and learning how to raise money - ask Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg

So this really depends on your reasons for applying to "top schools"

The branding does help to some degree - No one would question the quality of an engineer from MIT or Cal Tech - But I actually had the existence of hearing about the hiring process of enigeers from my undergraduate school:

"So she has a masters in Chemicak Enigeering from the University of Rochester- have you heard about this school?"

"Yes - they have a decent engineering program"

"Ok - you're hired."

University of Rochester optical engineering is considered the top program in the world - The vast majority of optical engineers at my technology employer - which makes optical equipment- are from either U of Rochester or U of Arizona - But I do not see either on a list of "top universities"

My son will attend Reed College - which had a 35% acceptance rate.

I know this school's programs to be among the hardest programs in the US - absolutely everyone who graduates will be accepted into a top 20 graduate school.

The difference? Marketing


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