« on: October 21, 2007, 10:51:25 AM »
The point I was trying to make is that worrying about differences in things like location, weather, student body, etc. are trite for most people. Unless you have extenuating personal circumstances that make it impossible to attend a particular school, you will go to the best school you get into as a transfer or you are a fool. If you decide not to apply to certain top 15 schools for trite reasons, should you have the grades, you are only hurting yourself.
In general, the top 15 are worth it. You'll survive at any one of them even if you hate the location or the weather - you can pretty much go wherever you want location-wise afterwards because they are national. The top 25 or so type schools like Fordham, GW, BC etc. are more regional ( and some are more regional than others) and may or may not be worth it depending on your personal situation. The app fees are really nothing in the end, so you can try talking to other people who transferred after you've been admitted and decide whether or not to go then. I did end up excluding one top 25 when I applied, but that was only because the school was very,very geared toward a particular market that I didn't want to be stuck in should I decide I wanted to go somewhere else.
I didn't get into my top choice as a transfer and I'm sure lots of others didn't either.Should you end up applying, I promise you will be surprised by some of the results with re: to getting in or not getting in. There are upsides and downsides to my new school (as there are with every school), but the difference in job prospects and some other things make it worth it in the end.
As for having some pride/investment in your current school, I'd agree. Even after you leave you may end up using an old prof as a reference or asking old classmates for help with something. Oh, and don't even think about saying anything bad about your old school in school application materials and job interviews,etc. It will just make you look bad.