Legendre wrote:Scenario: Got admitted to a top tier school (e.g. Harvard). Reject the top tier to go to a "lower tier school" that is still very good. E.g. Northwestern or Carnegie Mellon.
Assumption: Both schools have a solid department in the applicant's research area.
Is it ever wise to do this because the top tier school might be "too competitive"? I know an applicant who did this because he doesn't want too much pressure in a competitive environment like a top 10 program.
I might end up in a similar situation too. Having to choose to go to a very good school with nice people and is a nice place to live but not so well regarded, VS going for one of my top/dream choice but not so nice place to live and is likely to be crazy competitive.
JonMLTR wrote:This is a hard question to answer. From the way you wrote it I believe you don't actually mean Harvard vs CMU right ?
Since you have not given the true names for the Universities this is all I can say.
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