A good friend of mine last year chose USD over Hastings and BC. We all thought he was crazy. Since that time, I have met 3 other people who also chose USD over Hastings. I personally would choose Hastings, but these people cited quality of life and a more relaxed, less competitive academic atmosphere as the reasons they went to USD. Also, USD is the best law school in San Diego, so they dominate the legal market down there (there is a saying that for SD's tight-knit legal community, USD is really better than Harvard... probably an exaggeration, but I do know a USC grad (who also got into Penn law) who wished she had gone to USD instead, citing how difficult it was to get a job in SD as an outsider.So if you want to work in SD, USD may be the better choice. BTW, I also got $17,000 offered at my first year at USD. Looks like we are numbers buddies or something haha.