closed, thank you
This isn't what you asked. Graduate programmes are different from undergraduate, the same rules don't apply. Vanadium50 is making this point - 'prestige' and 'great school' don't mean the same thing.I am just doing a stat as from how many people that get into graduate school did their work in a not-so prestigious undergrad.
I know one friend of mine from the ee department in my school who got into mit for graduate school, ever heard of florida international university?I kinda expected the flame (or the subjective criticism) that "it's not about the name etc...work hard, be smart etc...and you will get in"
I am just doing a stat as from how many people that get into graduate school did their work in a not-so prestigious undergrad.
It really depends on the department, since I thought that the physics program at UTexas was more brutal than the one at MIT. What happens at UTexas is that the problem sets may be easier, but the pass rates are much lower than at MIT. Something about the MIT philosophy is that they give you problem sets from hell, but the pass rate for most classes is quite high. I'm not sure if that makes it more or less rigorous.Though one would be a fool to say that the rigor at MIT is equal to that of University of Texas or some similar school. In my experience with high school friends with whom i keep in touch with, their corresponding problem sets for similar classes are much easier than what we have had to do.
MIT physics has a policy (and I think a very good one) of strongly discouraging MIT undergraduate students from taking graduate physics at MIT. Also if you go to a "prestige name" university as an undergraduate, it's a good idea if you don't go to a "prestige name" school as a graduate student. You end up learning more.Ive a simple question. say i got into stanford, ucb, or mit for engineering bc of legit academic merit. assuming i continue working hard, how hard is it to get into them for grad school compared to undergrad? thanks.
I think the OP's real intention was that a Ph.D of a subject like Chemistry won't get you a job unless it is from a renown institution.Yeah, i was talking about the undergrad difficulty, not grad. UT grad school is pretty good, so i won't be making many comparisons there. However, i feel that those schools by making you face "problem sets from hell" ensure that you really understand the material and are faced with problems which evoke creativity. The same cannot be said at all schools. However when comparing schools within the top 15 or so, the difference is negligible.
I don't see why going to a prestigious school for grad in addition to undergrad is a bad thing. Each school has its own unique character so why does it matter?