I would like to suggest to all of you on this board, that you read a book "looking beyond the ivy league" by Loren Pope. It clears up the disorted view that if you get good grades you should go to an IVY leage school. This is udderly wrong, and anyone who believes this and follows that course is shortchaning themselves. It is apparent that many ofyou have a very close minded view of the U.S. education system. There are literally thousands of great schools and in the U.S. and the Ivies are by no means the outlieing "best". They are simply located in a high population area, and thus get lots of publicity and low acceptance rates. That is not to say the ivies are bad schools, they are great schools. The one thing they do have over other schools, is presige. That's about it. Presitige it seems, is what a lot of you are basing your applications on, and this in my opionion is taking a step in the wrong direction. the prestige of the college that you went to will only help you as far as your first job, which 80% of graduates do not hold for more than a few years. I guess what i am trying to tell you, is that although it may be easy to say "I am going to a prestigious IVY because I want the best education for myself", it is not a very personal look into oneself, instead it is taking a sheep attitude. Smaller colleges offer more personalized education as they spend their money solely on undergraduate as opposed to most Univeristies and Ivy's who on average care little for their undergraduates in terms of money. Instead the money goes to reasearch, and other graduate programs. The bottom-line is that the college selection process is tough, and there are no right answers. However is 1 wrong answer, and that is not looking for a college that is right for you. Again read the book "Looking beyond the Ivy League" as it is an extremely eye-opening and commmon sense based book. For me, it was disheartening as I thought I had made a decisiion that I was going to apply to Princeton, Columbia and UPenn Then I read this book, looked into more colleges and my previous picks and I changed. I still applied to Princeton, as It is unique from the other Ivy's in it's emphasis on undergraduates. I have also applied to Rice University, Emory U, Haverford, Wooster and Davidson. Although I could rant more, I hope this helps.