Today I’m passing along an interesting list that I pulled from the website of Harvard’s law school.
The list that you see below includes the 161 colleges and universities where members of the law school’s Class of 2015 received their bachelor’s degrees.
Harvard’s law school accepted 865 applicants out of a pool of 5,438 for an acceptance rate of 15.9%. With 557 students accepting a first-year spot, no individual undergraduate institution could dominate as a feeder institution.
On the list you’ll see that some of the law school students graduated from elite institutions, but there were plenty of successful applicants from schools that most Americans probably have never heard of including Biola University, Hamline University, Missouri Valley College, Norwich University and Walla Walla College.
You’ll appreciate why I’m sharing this list if you scroll all the way down to bottom.
This Harvard list reminded me of a conversation that I had at a college conference a year ago with a UCLA admission representative. She said that undergrads at her elite state university often assume that they will enjoy an advantage getting into the professional schools at their alma mater, but it isn’t true.
When I mentioned the wide net that Harvard Law throws for its classes, the admission rep said that the same phenomenon happens on her campus. The list of accepted students at the medical school, for instance, will include great candidates from schools that aren’t on any dream-college lists.
As I’ve emphasized repeatedly on this college blog, where you attend college isn’t nearly as important as what you do when you get there. Just ask the admission folks at UCLA and Harvard.
Lynn O’Shaughnessy is the author of The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price.