Will Attending Public University Limit Grad School Opportunities?

Question: My son is a National Merit Finalist and may attend U of Alabama for the scholarship. Money is very tight right now, but I am worried that attending a less-ranked school will hurt his odds of attending a top Ph.D program. Will it?

You son can be a star at Alabama and position himself well for graduate school admission--and paid fellowships--in fact, just as well as if he were at Harvard or Princeton. Grad school admission committees appreciate diversity, as undergrad committees do, and this "diversity" includes seeking students who hail from a range of alma maters.

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