I'm currently a high school senior who's received some college admission decisions as of late, and I'm looking for some suggestions, courses of action, opinions, and whatever is felt necessary for my current situation. Out of the 6 schools I applied to (Duke, UChicago, Cornell, UMich, CWRU, and MSU), I've been accepted to MSU ( + Honors College), waitlisted at CWRU, haven't heard back from UMich yet, and rejected everywhere else. My family didn't have a lot of money to spend on applications, and I made the poor choice to apply to a number of reaches rather than a healthy amount of matches considering my stats (3.6 uwGPA, 34 ACT, 800 Math II, 730 Physics).
I have been heavily discussing the prospect of going to MSU with my parents, given that UMich doesn't work out (as well as CWRU), as a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science with double minors in Physics and Philosophy. My essential concern with this is that my graduate school prospects may be hindered (I want to be competitive for places like Stanford, MIT, Caltech, CMU, Princeton, etc.) as I know that MSU is a great state school, but I'm unsure about how competitive I will be able to be with other students who are likely coming from far higher ranked undergraduate institutions even if my earned credentials are extremely good.
I've been reading this forum pretty heavily for the past few weeks or so, taking in information about the GRE, GRE subject tests, cGPA, REU's, Internships, Publications, Fellowships, Scholarships, and etc., and I've come to the realization that I'm more than willing to put in the work, blood, sweat, and time to make the most of any institution I attend. I'm just worried, and uninformed, about what that might specifically mean with MSU.
If anyone has any thoughts, advice, whatsoever they'd like to share, please don't hesitate. Also, if anyone has had prior experience at MSU which they can speak to, please let me know whether that be through this thread or PM.
Thanks for all of the help Gradcafe!