Something is wrong in higher education when a student who applies to unnamed highly regarded universities views acceptances by Penn State and Michigan as somehow failing, or being hard done by.  It's up to the student to make the best of the situation.
Rather than obsessing about our school’s rank, we should work to prove ourselves worthy of the education that we will receive. The point of getting a college education is to prepare oneself to be an engaged citizen. We have to make sure to do our part for society. Don’t dwell on rejection: make the most of where you end up.
It's also up to the universities to challenge their matriculants: with excess demand for slots in the hundred institutions claiming to be among the top 20, there's no deficiency in getting a Harvard, or an Urbana, reject.

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