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scordato

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Undergrad School Clout?
« on: February 27, 2004, 05:44:04 PM »
How much weight does your undergrad school really carry in the admissions proccess?  Would someone on an admissions committee honestly look at someone who got a 2.8 from Difficult-vard and someone who got a 4.0 from Beeswax State, and then select the Difficult-vard grad?  I'm sure there are many factors besides GPA such as majors, LSAT score, personal statements, etc., but does anyone have an idea how much the reputation of your alma mater matters? 

go beeswax state!

bobfett33

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Re: Undergrad School Clout?
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2004, 05:52:51 PM »
The academic reputation of your undergraduate school matters somewhat, but probably not as much as grade inflation.  For instance, schools like Yale are known for giving out "gentlemen's Cs," which would be Fs at any other school.  But, hey, if you know what's good for you, you're not going to flunk out some Bonesman. 

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Re: Undergrad School Clout?
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2004, 03:03:44 PM »
there is no question that where you went to undergrad matters.  Its not a HUGE deal, but a 3.5 at a 4th tier college will not be given nearly as much weight as a 3.5 from a top 25 university or 25 lib arts school.  Doesn't mean you can't get in, but you'll lose almost any tie if you've got a weak UG degree and are up against someone with similar grades and a degree from a much better schol.

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Re: Undergrad School Clout?
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2004, 04:35:29 PM »
I completely disagree.  If you have a 3.5 from the University of Oregon, that will be worth more than a 3.5 from Yale University, because all the adcomms know that there is terrible grade inflation at Yale.