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Where do you/will you go to school?

Highest ranked school I got into (USNews)
 58 (40.8%)
school 1, 2, or 3 places lower than the highest ranked school I got into
 24 (16.9%)
school ranked more than 3 places lower (major scholarship)
 36 (25.4%)
school ranked more than three places lower (without major scholarship)
 24 (16.9%)

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Author Topic: Does everyone just end up going to the highest ranked school they get into?  (Read 7743 times)

squirrelrogue

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Deep down inside, i have a suspicion, and it is this:

I think that most people will end up going to a school that is within 2-3 places of the highest ranked school they get into (USNews).  Only exception would be someone taking a MAJOR scholarship (3/4-full tuition) at a lower ranked school.

Thoughts?

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there was a thread on this, but now w/o the search, i can't find it.

there was a girl last cycle that chose wake over duke tho.
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why would anyone do otherwise?

best school

else

money.

Location.
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I consider myself lucky that the highest rank school I got into is also the one giving me the best scholarship.  But it does feel somewhat wrong to not have to debate this.
It's been brought to my attention that boss is my favorite poster  :-*

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Example reasons:

Geography
Cost of Living
Particularly Strong Area of Interest
Sentimental Ties (Family, Friends, Undergrad, etc.)
Reputation of Student Body
Political Leaning of School
Michigan Law Class of 2010

flyaway

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Location.

presumably you wouldn't apply to a school in a location you don't like.  Or do you learn about these things after getting accepted?

Example reasons:

Geography
Cost of Living
Particularly Strong Area of Interest
Sentimental Ties (Family, Friends, Undergrad, etc.)
Reputation of Student Body
Political Leaning of School

See previous comment.

You can be interested enough in a place to apply, especially since you don't know who's going to accept you and who's not, without it being your first choice.
Michigan Law Class of 2010

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I may choose UW over Boalt.  Reasons (most stolen from flyaway):

1. Location
2. Sentimental Ties
3. Attitudes/Character/nature of student body
4. UW is cheaper even without any big scholarship.

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You can be interested enough in a place to apply, especially since you don't know who's going to accept you and who's not, without it being your first choice.

That's fair.  But are we talking, say, going to UVA over NYU?  That's not such a huge deal.  Or are we talking going to Podunk U over NYU?

I'm talking more along the lines of UVA versus NYU.
Michigan Law Class of 2010

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I may choose UW over Boalt.  Reasons (most stolen from flyaway):

1. Location
2. Sentimental Ties
3. Attitudes/Character/nature of student body
4. UW is cheaper even without any big scholarship.

That counts as "else, money."   ;)

Do you get in-state tuition?
Yes, I do get in-state tuition.  I believe that even if Boalt & UW had an equal cost, I could very well still choose UW.  I was never placed in that situation, so maybe it's easy to say that now, but the location, ties, and classmates of/at a school are (IMO) a VERY important consideration that is much more important than a USNWR ranking...

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I might go to Houston over Wash Lee.

Course, I might also be a retard.