« on: March 08, 2004, 10:58:59 PM »
I don't know anything about Hastings, except that it is farily well thought-of. It is certainly a regional school, whereas Wash U is somewhat national. I am not a proponent of always going to the higher ranked school. Letting some jackass magazine editor tell you where to go to school is moronic. However, a top 25 school is clearly going to be better than a school ranked in the 70's.
I would definitely say that go where you think you will be happiest. If you know you want to be in LA, I am sure Loyola would be fine, but your margin of error would be very low. That is, your grades would have to be excellent to give you a lot of opportunities. But Wash U. is certainly fine enough to warrant a visit to give it a close inspection. In the end though, go where you will be happy.