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Mediocre university, mediocre career?

  1. Aug 25, 2014 #1
    If you were to be an undergraduate in a run-of-the-mill university,would that mean that you'll be a second rate professional?Or does it all depend on the effort you put in?
    (What I want is a solid technical ability,and a decent understanding of the profession,the money or the prestige are secondary and irrelevant.)
    If it's true, then how does one get to a good university abroad,how and where do you get scholarships ?
    Are there any good university for mathematics accesible from Morocco? In France or anywhere else? what steps does it generally take to go there?
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  3. Aug 25, 2014 #2


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    Like finding out anything, go to the source first.

    If you are seeking information about scholarships, contact the admissions office of the college or university you are interested in attending. There should be someone on staff who can help you find out about available scholarships offered by the institution or offered by private groups.

    If you are interested in education abroad, write to the institution directly and ask for information about admissions, etc.
  4. Aug 25, 2014 #3


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    Plenty of world-class people went to second-rate universities, and plenty of run-of-the-mill people went to top universities.

    On average, the best engineers went to the better universities but that might just be they were always high performers so those individuals would have succeeded wherever they went. It is true, however, that you will have more opportunities right out of school if you went to a top university. After a few years, people only care about your experience.
  5. Aug 25, 2014 #4
    Studies I've seen suggest that students who were accepted to top universities, but went somewhere else, are paid just as well as those who went to the top universities. It's the caliber of the student, not the caliber of the university, that matters most.

    Of course, there are a few exceptions to the rule, and it depends on your field and what you want to do with it.

    Edit: One advantage of going to a top university is the opportunity to network and be surrounded by people and teachers who are internationally known. It would be a cool experience. The advantage of going to a university that isn't highly ranked is that you can much more easily be a top student and stand out among your peers. I opted to attend a local public university with a solid program, and graduated 100% debt free as one of the top students.
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  6. Aug 26, 2014 #5
    Being enrolled in a university not universally known doesn't mean that you would become a second-rate professional. Your results certainly depend on the effort and diligence you are putting into your education.

    Still, the top universities statistically are "the habitats" of the top-notch educators and researchers, since the top unis are often at the same time the most prolific research centres. Thus, the academic opportunities are just more abundant at the top universities rather than at the run-of-the-mill institutions.

    There are many ways to obtain financial aid, such as bursaries, loans, etc., which are provided by the government, the private establishments and universities themselves. If you are interested in the availability of the need-based financial aid and the need-blind admissions, there is the data on the top 10 universities for those who want to major in mathematics.
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