« on: March 01, 2005, 02:11:35 PM »
There certainly is a lot of WUSTL hate. I think a lot of it can be traced back to coastal bias. Many people on the coasts simply cannot comprehend how a school in the midwest can compete with the quality of their schools and believe that anything not on the east or west coast is a TTT. Another reason is simply envy. Many schools do not like the fact that Wash U has made a meteoric rise in the rankings the past 10 years. In undergrad, Wash U has jumped from around 30 to top 15 in recent years, ahead of or on par with schools such as Brown, Cornell, etc. The people at these schools don't like this and the schools that were previously on par with wash u (emory, tufts, etc. also don't like this). The WUSTL grad programs (outside of business) have also experienced a steady rise in the USNWR rankings, and I think that judging from recent performance WUSTL has a great chance to continue rising or at least maintain its ranking. The med school is already firmly entrenched in the top 5. The person who made the comment that Wash U has not made corresponding improvements in educational quality is BS. Wash U has immense financial resources and is not afraid to use them, which means that there has been a recent flurry of construction, renovation, sholarships to top students and hiring of quality professors in undergrad and grad schools. With that being said, I still think that Wash U law, as it stands, should only be attended by someone who is comfortable living in the midwest. Although less than 40% stay in MO, the majority of Wash U law grads are in MO or IL. Personally, I think Stl and Chicago are great cities, but others may not feel this way. Although it is possible to get a job elsewhere, you must work extremely hard to get it, Wash U's name recognition has not yet caught up to its ranking. Perhaps this will change in the near future however. Keep in mind that I am biased because I attended WU undergrad but I think that I make some valid points.