« on: April 12, 2008, 12:58:32 PM »
If they don't do anything to increase your knowledge and appreciation for the school after you apply, you have to be basing your desire to apply primarily on reputation or location. That's not a very informed decision, IMO (especially for schools below T-30 or so).
I applied to Tulane mostly out of curiosity but they did a stellar job of making themselves available, illuminating their programs PLUS making me feel welcomed.
It's rather like chasing a guy for months who once told you, "Yeah, maybe we can go out someday," while another guy - just as rich, just as cute - always opens doors for you, gives you little thoughtful gifts, and tells you how nice you look with an open invitation to go out whenever you're available. Why keep chasing the snob when the sweet guy is interested in you?
because the snob is the one you really want? the sweet guy would be a form of "settling".
I am in absolutely no way bashing Tulane, great school in a great city. But if SMU is the one you love then isn't it worth it to wait just a little while longer? There are some extenuating circumstances that force you to choose early (such as cosmo's SO), but if you're like most of the general application pool, then there is no reason to rush the decision.