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Accepted with advanced standing (transfer student) to Tulane and Alabama. I originally placed Bama as my #1 choice b/c I'm automatically on a journal with my grades from my previous school and the low cost of tuition. However, Tulane has a broader reputation but it comes with a huge price tag (60k tuition/expenses). Any thoughts on which route to go?

Tough call. Even though Bama is higher ranked, I think Tulane is more "prestigious," more nationally known, and has better career prospects. That's why I decided not to apply to Bama. I think Tulane places better everywhere outside of Alabama (though it's somewhat limited too). But given the economic situation, I'm quite worried about the debt too. I think if you're happy to live and work in Alabama, or if you know you want to do something in government or public interest, than go with Bama. Otherwise go with Tulane.

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Thanks for the advice y'all.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: deferring enrollment
« on: July 12, 2009, 01:49:10 PM »
I did this.

I'm about to start at a private school in the Southeast this Fall. I was accepted there last year with a $12,500 merit scholarship. I asked if I could defer (I was living and working abroad and learninga  foreign language) and they said OK. I had to pay $1,000 to hold my seat, and another $1,000 to hold it again the next year. I also had to reapply, but that was just a formality. I'm glad I did defer because they actually jacked up my scholarship this yar to $20,000 a year. I don't imagine that's common, but it happened with me. You really just need to check with the school, and it also depends on your reason. If they say no it doesn't hurt to ask.

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Well, I don't think living in Metairie constitutes having a "bunker mentality."
I went to undergrad in Los Angeles and lived in South Central LA. My roommate got mugged and we saw a dead body being taken away by an ambulance once. For a young, single guy it's fine to live in that kind of place I guess, but I'm in my late 20's now and have a fiancee from another country who doesn't really know America very well, so I'm going to skip the hassle of living in the city center. I still intend to take advanyage of what New Orleans has to offer.

BTW, what is the parking situation on campus?

Uptown New Orleans != South Central LA.  I live 60 feet a away from a home that recently sold for $850k.  I walk down Carrollton every day to eat/drink/buy groceries.  There was a purse-snatching down the street that made it into the local Carrollton newsletter.  I'm not saying you shouldn't think about these kind of things but in my two years in New Orleans I've never seen: a dead body, a shooting, a mugging, a robbery, etc.  I've also never purchased crack, walked through a terrible neighborhood while intoxicated, etc.  Come visit - if you still want the suburbs, well, I'd be shocked.

My fiance, whom I've never once felt was unsafe in New Orleans, literally LOLed when she read your post.

As I said in a previous post, I have been to New Orleans. I have also visited Tulane. I came down once to visit a friend. She had some other friends over and one told a story about how he'd been mugged the night before right outside his apartment in a place close to campus. After he told the story, a couple other people said they'd had their cars broken into.

I didn't mean to imply that Uptown New Orleans is as bad as South Central LA. This conversation is beginning to bore me.

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Well, I don't think living in Metairie constitutes having a "bunker mentality."
I went to undergrad in Los Angeles and lived in South Central LA. My roommate got mugged and we saw a dead body being taken away by an ambulance once. For a young, single guy it's fine to live in that kind of place I guess, but I'm in my late 20's now and have a fiancee from another country who doesn't really know America very well, so I'm going to skip the hassle of living in the city center. I still intend to take advanyage of what New Orleans has to offer.

BTW, what is the parking situation on campus?

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hmm. Feeling dismissed. Guess I'm done here. Best of luck.

No offense Dietyomajesty. Actually, I'd prefer to live in a more suburban area anyway. I've been living in extremely conjested Asian cities for the last two years and need some space anyway.

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I considered Metairie last year. It's do-able, but probably only if you have a car.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metairie,_Louisiana

Honestly y'all, if you keep your wits about you and stay in well-populated areas, you should be fine in the City. As soon as you start to drive around, you'll get a good sense of the areas to avoid.

As far as housing for dogs, it's going to be on a case-by-case basis. Many duplex owners will be fine with it; you just have to search around.

Have you all started looking yet?

Thanks. I've been to New Orleans, but don't really know the city all that well. That having been said, I have some friends who went to Tulane and it seems like robberies around the Tulane area are not uncommon.
I do have a car.
I'm also looking at Gretna and River Ridge. Anyone know those areas?

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Hey, I'll be starting in the fall and I'm looking into apartments now. Does anyone live in Metairie or know anything about it? Is it a safe area? How long does it takew to drive to Tulane and is there any public transportation there?

I'm not too worried about safety myself, but my fiancee will be coming. She's from another country and I think she be shocked enough by New Orleans without getting out apartment broken into.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Chances at SMU/Houston/Tulane
« on: March 08, 2009, 10:06:09 PM »
SMU FT -- reject (their median LSAT is like a 164 now)
SMU PT -- accept
Houston -- accept
Tulane -- accept

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Wake Forest & Tulane
« on: February 12, 2009, 07:30:18 PM »
I think Princeton Review listed Tulane's starting salary at $88,000 and Wake at something like $65,000 - $70,000.
And while they're similarly ranked (maybe Wake is a couple spots higher), Tulane is the bext in it's state whereas Wake students have to compete with UNC and Duke.

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