OP is right. If you apply SCEA to Yale, you may still apply "priority" (Nov 1st deadline) or EA to your instate (flagship) school. They clarified this when we visited. Also we called Yale Admissions again to clarify when my D was applying SCEA to Yale and also considering U-Mich. They said no way for U-Mich and Yale EA (must chose only one) as we're not from Michigan.
D got admitted to both Yale - SCEA and our state flagship school - EA. This clear example - guided by specific answers (by Yale) to specific questions from us should settle this, I think.
Literally thousands of EA applicants to Yale would do just about anything to have been accepted. It kills me when I see people like you who don't end up going after having applied EA. I understand that you have your reasons for considering UMich over Yale but consider yourself extremely lucky if choosing between these two schools is one of your biggest problems.
^lol at the second to last sentence.
This is true. If OP decides to go for UMich, it's also somewhat beneficial for those *not naming naMEs* who were deferred EA and would like another shot at their dream school. It's only one spot, but that spot could be opened up for someone who would truly do anything to get it.
With that said, I think we should stop assuming what the OP's personal reasons are - it's clear he doesn't want to discuss them, and our meaningless conjecturing is probably making it worse for him/her.
Last edited by classicgirll; 01-01-2012 at 11:17 PM.
I think there are plenty of personal reasons that would justify choosing MIchigan over Yale, and others that really don't.
For example, if there is a family member who is ill and you want to stay nearby, that's a good reason.
If your BF/GF is going to Michigan, or is going to be in high school for another year, that's almost certainly not a good reason. If this is the reason, learn how to Skype and see how things go.
If your parents are afraid to have you go so far away, that's probably not a good reason.
If you or your parents are afraid that New Haven isn't safe, that's not a good reason--it's safe for any reasonable person.
If you are afraid that the work at Yale will be too hard, that's not a good reason--they wouldn't take you if you couldn't do the work.
If you just love Michigan better than Yale, that's a good reason.
Hunt - OP has not provided his reason so we are guessing at it.
However, you may want to address his opinion about Yale being good for some areas but not the areas he is considering.
"I plan to go to med school, or possibly be an engineer, so that's why I'm not too bothered by turning Yale down, as wonderful as I know it and the people who go there are. If I wanted to go into finance or something like that, I would definitely reconsider Yale. "
Depends on what type of medical school one wants to attend. The same rules of doing extremely well whereever you are, apply to getting into a top ranked medical program. Michigan's medical school is pretty highly ranked and if they have a preference for Michigan's grads, it is worth going there. Yale has a preference for Yale students for Law but I have not heard of such a preference in the medical school.
But you don't really need to get into a "top-ranked" medical school in order to have a quite successful, productive (and lucrative) career as a physician. The physician with the fancy undergrad and med school degrees does exactly the same thing as the physician with the un-fancy undergrad and med school degrees - and if they are partners together, they make the same. Being a dermatologist is being a dermatologist. Being an ear-nose-and-throat guy is being an ear-nose-and-throat guy. Going to a "fancy" medical school is really only relevant for those interested in academic medicine. The world of medicine is FAR more "flat" than the worlds of law and business.
"The world of medicine is FAR more "flat" than the worlds of law and business".
So true. I can attest to that - especially for medicine.
But if you have the opportunity to attend the best of colleges / med schools, I say go for it - as that may open doors for you to make an even bigger impact in your world. It's not necessarily about the money - as we all know.
if the OP thinks a lack of prestige at Michigan (comparative to Yale) might hold them back or something, he/she can always go into the Michigan honors program (for LSA); it's a pretty elite group with entering stats comparable to Harvard, Yale, Stanford, etc. There both great schools, I don't think going to Michigan instead of Yale will ruin your life haha