1. Jan 7, 2012

### Mépris

I've seen and heard some scary things when it comes to graduate school applications and for all I know, these could be complete rubbish. On the off chance that these claims are indeed correct, I'd like to know.

3. Jan 7, 2012

### Mépris

^
Cool.

This applies for international students as well?

Do strong applicants typically already have papers published under their name? :O

4. Jan 7, 2012

### Geezer

I'm going to be more pessimistic than Pengwuino. Your undergrad institution CAN (and does) play a role in determining if you get into a program or not. For example, a student with a 3.7 GPA from Regional State College is going to have a more difficult time getting into a highly-regarded grad program than the kid who went to Stanford, Yale, etc., with the same GPA.

In my case, I went to a very good state university for undergrad. However, it's definitely among the least prestigious institutions represented by the students in my grad program. My cohorts went to Princeton, Stanford, Caltech, Berkeley, etc. In fact, if I hadn't gotten an NSF fellowship, I don't know if I would have been admitted to my program at all.

5. Jan 8, 2012

### eliya

Your undergrad institution is more than a name. Lowly ranked schools are usually the schools with small grad programs and a slim selection of classes. If you didn't take as many classes as some other students, then the gradschools you're applying to might think you don't have as good a preparation as students from other schools.