Visit all three schools before you decide. If you prefer one over the others very strongly you should go there.
Also, what are the requirements to keep the full scholarship?
I plan on visiting the other two at the end of this month.
The full ride is mine so long as a stay a student in good standing.
So basically don't fail out?
I'm hesitant to give you too much advice because I'm partial to W&L and I don't know much/anything about the other two schools. My impression is that if you want to stay in Tennessee you should go there but otherwise go to W&L; with your scholarship your debt will be manageable and they place well in the South Atlantic region.
Where are you from?
I'm from Tennessee. I don't necessarily want to stay here the rest of my life, though.
I'm in a huge bind.
I absolutely fell in love with WashU when I visited last week. However, of my 3 remaining options, it is by far the most expensive. I haven't heard anthing about scholarship money from them, nor do I expect to hear about anything huge.
The other options I'm weighing are Tennessee with a full ride and W&L with $9k/year.
I've gotten especially skiddish of debt lately...I just don't like the idea of taking out loans in the 6 figures and not living in what I used the money to buy. But I'm a realist, and I know my opportunities will be much greater if I go to WashU or W&L.
As far as my goals, I'm pretty open-minded about what I'll do after law school. I would hate to HAVE to do biglaw just to pay off my loans if I go to WashU or W&L. So, I might have more options (in a roundabout way) by going with the money.
I know this is long and rambling, but I'm just trying to get more advice about this thing. Everyone around me (family, friends) think I'm crazy for even thinking about anywhere else after getting a full tuition offer.
Don't freak out till you visit the other two. The 9k from W&L is pocket change in the long run. You can make that in a summer.
I am suprised that you loved WashU. Just judging by how bad their admissions office is, I would have expected the school to be a disaster. The building is nice though.
Actually, the admissions office was one of the parts that really impressed me. I know they send out seemingly endless lines of junk mailings, and the left hand doesn't seem to know what the right hand is doing, but I found the staff knowledgable, friendly, and eager to answer any and all questions I had.
I loved the campus, I love St. Louis and that area, it just all seemed to gel. I got a good vibe from the place, if you know what I mean.
I'm a little short of freaking out just yet. It's just such a huge decision. I think my hand will shake when I make out the deposit check, wherever that will end up being.