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>> Interestingly enough, I went to the California public university with the best reputation (U.C. Berkeley) as an undergraduate as well as the most prestigious private university in St. Louis (Washington U.) for graduate school. <<

Agreed. I know my share of pointy-headed academics, and even they say it privately: the best undergraduate educations often come from the "teaching institutions" in state university systems.

Many a graduate and doctoral student I've known have said the same thing -- attend an undergrad school from a teachers college, not a prestigious research institution. The latter often has grad students and lecturers leading the courses rather than tenured, Ph.D. faculty.

And only at the graduate levels of these "high-brow" colleges and universities do many of the "world's top faculty" even begin to realize you exist.

#29, product of a "cheap" Cal State undergrad education
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