Greetings, So first of all, I am not in this situation. I am just wanting to know about a hypothetical scenario. Yesterday I heard that I've been admitted to an Ivy League and though I couldn't be more thrilled, I'm also terrified to the highest degree since I'm not sure that I have the intelligence/stamina/competitiveness to succeed. Though I would like to accept the offer, I'm just trying to weigh my options. More specifically, I'm trying to determine whether it would be worth it to give an Ivy League "the old college try", or if I would be better off attending a university with a less rigorous graduate program (though yes, I know it's going to suck no matter where I go). If I go to the Ivy League and fail out, am I SOL on getting my PhD, or is there a chance that I could be admitted to a small university for a graduate program there (assuming I receive my masters)?