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If I get accepted into a low acceptance school should I go?

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Austin’s Answer

Hi Devin,

Really great question. So the answer to your question is, maybe...it depends. Getting accepted into a school that has a low acceptance rate likely means that the university is good, but this doesn't mean you should automatically go and discount every other college that you were accepted into. For example, being a English major at Harvey Mudd doesn't really make sense given that it mainly focuses on engineering despite its low acceptance rate...you would be better going to Hamilton with it's liberal arts background (and higher acceptance rate). You should take into account many factors when choosing a college and not just base your decision on the acceptance rate of the school in question. Think about location, cost, student to teach ratio, strength of major that school offers, job/internship opportunities, and overall culture etc.


Sure, acceptance rate can tell you a lot, but it cant tell you everything. Always look at the big picture as you don't want to make an impetuous decision.


I hope this helps and I wish you the best of luck!!


Best,

Austin

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Richard’s Answer

Depends on your goal.

There are some fields like politics or business that rely on connections you can make during school. In other fields like science, engineering and medicine, the institution on your diploma matters less.

Also, make sure you are prepared for the work. Going to a competitive school with a low acceptance rate isn't that useful if you don't get good grades.
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Jessica’s Answer

It sounds like it could be a more prestigious and competitive school, so make sure you're willing to put the work in to make it count. If you can, it will look great to future employers, but it's not the end-all-be-all. If the school specializes in the field in which you're wanting to major, definitely go for it! Odds are, you will rub elbows with the right people, benefit greatly from the specialized education, and people in that industry will take note after hearing what school you went to (maybe even certain corporations having recruiting opportunities and connections to that school). If the school doesn't specialize in the field you're wanting to study, consider the cost and the prestige of the school versus the costs and specialties of other schools you're considering and/or have been accepted to. There's a good chance you can go to a cheaper school and reap the same benefits/rewards, if not greater benefits if the school specializes and has connections with the industry in which you'd like to work.
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