So you guys are saying that Undergrad isn't as important as getting a graduate degree? I know an undergrad is a bit useless, but wont colleges (When you are applying to a graduate school) look at what college you went to for undergrad, and decide not to choose you because the college sucked?
<p>How much undergrad matters depends a whole lot on what you plan on doing with your life. Most Americans who manage to earn a bachelor's degree in something, do it at large public universities, frequently the nameless, unknown ones that you think "suck". Most Americans with bachelor degrees do not go on to earn a graduate degree because for many careers, an advanced degree is just simply not needed. [And there's such a thing as being "overqualified" for a position too.]</p>
<p>For students who do plan a career that requires an advanced degree, the name on your undergraduate diploma is not usually all that important. For law school, your grades (where ever you are) and your score on the LSATs are very important. LOR from your faculty are also important. And note that people make it into law school from tier 2, 3, and 4 schools as well as tier 1 schools. People make it into law school from regional schools (including tier-4 regional schools) too.</p>
<p>Now, yes, there are differences between going to a top tier national college and a place like Buffalo State College (the "little" SUNY in Buffalo, not UB), where I teach. Having classmates who were all tip-top high school students does tend to make the rigor and intellectual richness of the undergraduate courses a bit deeper. Faculty can (and often do) expect more from their students when they know that the students are all cream of the crop ones.</p>
<p>But what * you * get out of * your * undergraduate experience is largely a function of what * you put into it* regardless of the quality of the school. And even at schools like Buffalo State College there are a few really good, strong students who have chosen to enroll primarily as a way of saving significant $$ for graduate school, law school, med school, etc. When these students are proactive, they can find professors who will work with them on their level---on individual research projects, on reading courses, etc. At many SUNYs and CUNYs there are Honors Colleges that are available that give the students in them certain perks, among which are Honors classes where the students in the class are all really good, strong students who could have easily gotten into colleges with much more prestige, but chose not too.</p>