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Is it worth being a decent student in a well accredited university or a great student at a normally accredited university?

I'm a 3.9917 student in a weighted G.P.A. school. I've always done well in class and I'm very willing to try new things as well as participated in academic related events and charity events. Although my credentials are noteworthy I still feel it is better worth my time to enroll in a college that is none-ivy league however I don't know if I should be taking on the challenge of enrolling to an Ivy league school #professor #ivy-league

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M. A. Rafe’s Answer

I think it depends on your personality and ability. I personally consider myself a bit laid back. I can work hard and be dedicated as well as handle pressure, but I don't like being constantly in that environment. I personally like the environment of diverse backgrounds (ethnic, religious, wealth, ideology), which is more likely to be found at a public university than a private university. I also like to be appreciated for my effort and results, which as an above average student is quite often recognized.
One advantage of a public institution is, that as a very good student at a good public university, I had more opportunities for scholarships and grants. I could still get access to quality faculty and resources if I looked for them and thus still get a Ivy league school-level education by working hard and being disciplined to learn and succeed. However, a big advantage of Ivy league schools is, if you don't a financial limit like many average students do, the prestige and access to great minds and resources that can sometimes be unparalleled to public institutions. The resources and networking available can be as big as the problems and challenges addressed and solved there. So at the end of the day there are benefits at both institutions depending on what aspects of those benefits appeals to your personality and mentality.

Thank you comment icon Thank you for clarifying that Ivy Leagues are "unparalleled to public institution" although they do cost a bit more money if I had the ability I should enrolling in ivy league Stuart
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Shazia’s Answer

You should apply! There is a difference in the quality of education you receive from one school to the next. If you feel like you're not being challenged enough and want to go to a better school, I would encourage you to apply. The name of your school does make a difference on your resume when you're being compared to other candidates while applying for a job.

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