is your undergrad school an important factor in gettin into prestigious med/law sch.

<p>i go to texas state university.
i really want to go to med school in NYC or standford's med school.
or if i decide to go into accounting, i would want to go to columbia's or NYU's grad school, or even standford's grad school.
will coming from texas state be a big let down?</p>

<p>absolutely. they won't even look at your application if they can't find your university on the US NEWS TOP 20 UNIVERSITIES LIST. don't bother applying.</p>

<p>on a serious note: no.</p>

<p>while it's true that prestigious undergrad schools send more students to prestigious med schools, it's probably because students that enter such undergrad schools were more qualified in the first place anyway. after all, a student with 2200 SAT and many ECs is likely to have worked hard in high school—which suggests he/she was serious about school—and thus would be more likely be serious about his/her work in preparing for medical school.</p>

<p>but if you're working as hard and being as serious about going to medical school as those students in the ivies, it probably doesn't make a difference.</p>

<p>I'm gonna say no, it probably doesn't matter that much.</p>

<p>There are probably a handful of schools that are so stuck-up and snobby that they would make something like that a big factor, but I wouldn't worry.</p>

<p>If you have the credentials, you will find a school. Keep your goals aimed high, but don't be nervous to explore other schools that aren't the "ultra best", they might be a better fir for you anyways.</p>

<p>This has been discussed many dozens of times on the relevant CC forums; do a search.</p>

<p>First of all, it's "Stanford," I believe. Second, of course undergraduate school matters to some degree but it has far less of an impact than many people presume. The reason Ivy League students tend to have higher matriculation rates to top-10 graduate schools than state university students is because they tend to be competitive students to begin with.</p>

<p>If you get good grades and standardized exam scores (and pay attention to extracurriculars and recommendations) then of course you have a good shot at a top grad school. If two students with the same stats and extracurriculars applied (one from an Ivy and one from a state university) only THEN would undergraduate school make a noticeable impact.</p>

<p>Bottom line: Do well in school, rock those exams, and keep your chin up.</p>

<p>thank you everyone!!</p>