From sources such as thegradcafe, I have seen mountains and mountains of rejections for MS degrees before one admit shows up. This is from a school ranked around 20-30 nationally (US) in my field of interest. Another school I looked at (ranked 50+ nationally) boasts an admission rate of approximately 10% or lower for their MS degree.
How is it possible for even MS programs to be so incredibly low? People say to first do an MS to boost your chances of getting into a strong PhD program if your current credentials are lacking (which probably fits my scenario). But if programs in the top 50 or so only accept few (10% or lower) applicants for their MS, how exactly does one get in without applying to some low tier school?
Because of this I am extremely anxious about graduate admissions. There are a number of schools that have Jan 15 deadlines or later in which I can still apply to, but I feel very unmotivated thinking about my prospects.