Decent school with a mediocre GPA, No-name school with an excellent GPA, who is the better candidate?
I know GPA is an essential element in postgrad applications, I'm just wondering if there are two candidates, one is from a prestigious uni but with a mediocre GPA and the other one from a no-name school but has an excellent GPA, which one is professors prefer?
Specifically, now I'm choosing where to take my bachelor's and I have two choices (Bocconi and Waseda), which I posted before. I've heard of the competition at Bocconi is fierce and you can hardly get a GPA higher than 28/30 (converts to final grade 106/110), especially for non-italian. In Waseda, I can easily get an A/A+ and there is nearly no competition.
My final goal is to take an Econ/Stats PhD in the U.K(Oxbridge), and their lowest requirement for Italian applicants is 106/110.