With my career goals in high technology, I've looked at various rankings and researched alma maters for established leaders in the field, and come up with a preliminary list of potential programs: HBS, Stanford, Berkeley, MIT, UCLA, USC, Carnegie Mellon, Chicago, Northwestern, Columbia.
I've got a couple questions:
* Does my list of programs seem realistic? Are there any other good programs for me to consider?
* I understand that adcoms know certain universities grade tougher, and certain majors are tougher, but do they know specific courses within universities that are difficult? Do I need to stress that some of my best grades occurred in some of the toughest courses, or will they already know?
* On a similar vein, are adcoms familiar with the amount of time necessary in my fields of work (to explain my lack of significant ECs after college)? I know the time requirements for some finance fields are well known, but I don't know if the same is true for specific engineering fields.
Thank you for your help!
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