« on: January 03, 2008, 09:23:57 AM »
I had almost the same post this time last year. I'm interested in public interest/public sector work eventually, and Mich and GULC were my top two schools. Mich waitlisted me and I was accepted in July. By that time I had my class schedule, housing, and I had been in touch with my roommate at Georgetown, and the difference in cost (at least for the first year) was negligible. I went with Georgetown because I couldn't justify the upheaval just to go to Michigan. If I had been accepted at Mich in May, it might be a different story, but I'll tell you what I think.
I don't have any regret for going with Georgetown. I love being in the city, and we have a huge public service job fair coming up for gov't/public interest internships, and my professors were excellent. Geographically it also made sense for me. I want to work on the east coast, probably in the Boston area. I feel like Georgetown has a stronger presence in DC, Boston, or even NYC (not sure about this one) than Mich. That doesn't mean it's more highly regarded, but there's something to be said for alumni relationships.
That being said, Mich is the "better" school academically. A student who is at the top of his class at Mich will fare better than his counterpart at GULC. However, I think it's pretty much a wash from there down, until you get to the bottom of the class, where the same applies.
Ran out of time. Gotta run.