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I don't know much about Rutgers, but I did seriously consider Pitt before eventually deciding on Penn State. Not sure if you've gone to visit Pitt yet, but my impression of it was that it was a real dump that needed major upgrades to the law building. The city itself was cool, but the school definitely left me feeling very underwhelmed. As many of these decisions often do, I guess it really comes down to where you want to live/work for the next stage of your life.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Rutgers Question
« on: June 18, 2009, 06:40:37 PM »
I got into Rutgers Newark and Seton Hall with a 3.3 and 160, so get your numbers up a little and you should be fine. I didn't really look at Rut. Camden so I can't give you much advice about that, other than to say Newark is right outside NYC, and Camden is outside Philly, so the job market is something to consider. As far as Rutgers vs. Seton Hall, I personally liked Seton Hall a lot more, but it was also more expensive. If cost is a concern for you then Rutgers would probably be your best bet.

I also got into Villanova and Penn State, but chose Penn State because they gave me a $15k scholarship, and Nova gave me nothing. Since you are in the exact opposite spot, I would go w/ Nova. Very close in rankings, both have brand new buildings, both have plenty to offer aside from school, but for half the price it's hard to turn down Nova.

Incoming 1Ls / Penn State (NOT UPenn) 2012
« on: April 22, 2009, 08:16:41 AM »
Anyone else going to Penn State in the fall??

feeling pretty good about my Penn State decision right now... guess the $100 million they spent is paying off.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Penn State vs. Pitt
« on: April 10, 2009, 12:03:20 PM »
estimating the cost of living over 3 years, my total debt for PSU would be approx. 95-110K vs. 80-95K for Pitt. run those #s through a loan calculator and PSU would end up costing me about an extra $150 per month when I'm paying off my student loans.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Penn State vs. Pitt
« on: April 10, 2009, 07:03:10 AM »
UPDATE: after some negotiating, it now turns out Pitt will cost $6k/year less than Penn State. I went to visit both schools, and came away thinking Pitt was a dump (decent city though) while PSUs brand new building was great. I'm not wild about living/working/school in western PA for the near future, but $18,000 over 3 years sounds like a lot of money. Leaning towards Penn State at the moment but open to suggestions.

I've heard back from them but it took them a long time. Close to 2 months.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Penn State Dickinson School of Law 2012!
« on: March 31, 2009, 07:24:53 AM »
Just sent my deposit yesterday. Goin to main campus?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
« on: March 24, 2009, 04:43:46 PM »
I also just sent out an email to Pittsburgh yesterday using JeNeSaisLaw's letter as a starting point and just adding a bit to it to better reflect my own situation. Long story short the letter basically said Penn State offered me X, Temple's in state tuition costs Y, I may need to make my decision based on financial concerns... can you do anything to make Pitt more affordable? They got back to me today with an offer for $12k each year, so this whole negotiation thing can definitely work out.

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