I'm still waiting for my match.
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I visited UVA this Friday, and I was very impressed. UVA has tremendous facilities, incredible architecture, very relaxed and laid back student body, and excellent reputation. But I do want to practice internationally-related law, so Columbia may be a better fit for me. When I visited Columbia, I noticed that while the atmosphere in the school sucked, there were so many academic opportunities: every day, there were like 3-4 famous speakers. In addition, Columbia's name is famous all over the world.
Basically, for me it is a choice between a nice, social environment in UVA where I will feel very happy and relaxed vs. the more intense and competitive Columbia where I have no idea how I will feel. What do the others feel>
to be fair, NYU has a healthy conservative contingent roaming its hallways. in fact, because the school is probably more politicized than say UVa, the coservative groups at NYU are likely more active and vocal than those at more relatively laid back and politically apathetic schools.
Not to freak everyone out, but I just got my waitlist letter today. Not trying to be arrogant, but I can't help but say I was a little surprised. (I don't know whether to feel cheated by NYU or exceptionally grateful for Columbia - which of course I do feel grateful for regardless!) In any case, it's a good thing I fell in love with Columbia while I was there or I would be totally bummed
Why would it take 'balls', as you so elequently stated, to choose G Town over the other schools?
Aren't they all T14?
And please don't tell me it is because they are a few places off from one another on the US News list because if so I'm going to hurl
I'm trying to decide between UVA and Boalt.
UVA will end up being cheaper, despite Boalt's scholarship match, due to cost of living (64k at UVA vs. about 30k at Boalt, should I get the match).
I chose Gtown over Penn, Michigan and Columbia precisely because of the variety of classes gtown offered, the variety of clinical programs, and the amazing bar passage and employment stats. I have spent the past three years awed by the kind of attention that my friends got at Penn, Michigan, and Columbia, and I have been merely one more among the herds at Georgetown.
Some administrator menetioned xoxo in a speech at admitted students day. He didn't say much else about it except that he has to make sure his 6 year-old can't access that site. Oppress 'em young I guess. Next he said he wasn't going to talk about rankings... then proceeded to name the categories (alumni approval? etc) where Virginia ranked first. All the speeches were pure propaganda.
1) Harvard. didnt lose any spots, but lets face it, it could be #1. what is holding it back? its larger class size. Shrink the class size,(this will help in both acceptance rate and student/faculty ratio) hire some more profs too, and send out a bunch of fee waivers to auto-rejects.