How likely is it for applicants who earned their undergraduate degrees in universities that aren't considered highly competitive to be accepted into highly competitive graduate schools? Especially in History? I will be graduating with a B.S. in History and Theatre Arts from Stony Brook University. It's not an amazing school, but it has a fairly decent repute; however, it's still not the type of school one thinks of when they think of "great" schools. The only subjects I've ever been interested in, or have any aptitude in, are social sciences and the arts. I have a few specific eras in history that I would love to study... that would just be a matter of choosing. My predicament, however, is that I don't know if I have any shot at being successful in my application process. I don't know what types of people are accepted into competitive programs. And I don't see a point in going to graduate school unless I manage to get into a highly competitive program, given today's job market. I have yet to take GRE's or anything like that, but I am part of Phi Alpha Theta (National History Honor Society) and currently have a 3.83 overall GPA and 4.0 in both of my majors - so far. I've been on the Dean's List every semester. I was wondering if there's any literature out there that offers guidance to what I can expect from the application process, and what pursuing an advanced degree in History is like. I've read so many admissions requirements and acceptance rates. Admissions requirements seem like it's impossible for someone to attend graduate school in History right after they've earned their undergraduate degree. They all seem to only want to take on people who have been working in a similar field for years. Also, acceptance rates being so low, I wonder if I have a shot when I'm applying along with other students who have attended "better" schools. Any advice on this would be much appeciated.