« on: October 06, 2010, 07:10:57 AM »
If you mean that the choice is a highly individual thing, I absolutely agree with you. Making a knee-jerk pick based solely on USNWR is ludicrous.
Situations are different. For me, an acceptance letter to Yale would mean very little other than a pat on the back. I am debt averse at my age and assuming a $150K debt is absolutely not an option.
If I were a 23 year old cocky gunner with a Daddy who has deep pockets, I would be excited to pack for New Haven, most likely.
From all that I have read, it largely depends on the personal situation of the student, their eventual employment goals (BIGLAW, small regional firm, etc), their academic potential, and personal/social/cultural preferences. I seriously believe in making a campus visit to any school one would seriously consider attending. I have done so with three schools so far, and I will not be applying until next year.