so I'm pretty annoyed with a particular REU program, but I won't name names. I just want to understand why some REU's like and say that they would prefer students from schools without graduate programs in physics and then only select students from ivy league schools, or Berkeley, etc...it's pretty enraging to me, especially since the particular REU of which I speak didn't ask for a gpa, personal statement, resume, transcript, or any academic information. They simply asked the standed name, age, etc. followed by a 150 character text box to explain why you want to do their REU. They also wanted to know about programming skills and previous research experience, but mentioned that it was not necessary. I'm okay with not getting the REU based on a lack of research experience (I guess, because that's all they had to judge by), but I am not okay with being rejected because I don't pay half a mil for my college education.