I was recently accepted to both DePaul and Loyola. DePaul was my first acceptance, and is offering a $4000 a year for four years (part-time) if I keep a 2.3 gpa. Loyola is only offering student loans, and is offering no scholarship money. My question is, given that I have a scholarship offer from DePaul (that I am not likely to lose considering the GPA requirement), should I go there over Loyola? Would my job prospects be better graduating from Loyola? Or would the job prospects be about the same? I have heard that between the two schools, they are neck and neck in the rankings, so it really wouldn't matter which school I went to. However, I had my heart set on Loyola, but I am now seriously considering DePaul because of the scholarship money. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Is Loyola full or part time? If Loyola is full time, you'd be stupid to go to Depual part time just because of a 4k/year scholarship. When it comes down to it, 4k/yr is practically nothing so I wouldn't even figure it in and just go to the school you like better if both are pt programs. Once you get outside the top schools, comparing job prospects between schools is like splitting hairs. Any job you get coming from either Depaul or Loyola is going to require top grades, great interviewing and some networking.
Better make sure you didn't mis-read that 2.3, or it's not a typo.It's not a typo, the acceptance letter clearly says the scholarship is "renewable in the same amount for each academic year provided you maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.30 at the end of each academic year." Is the curve at DePaul really ridiculous or something? A 2.30 at the end of each academic "year" (as opposed to "semester") seems pretty reasonable to me to keep my scholarship. Loyola's not offering me one red cent, only loans. Given that tuition at both schools is relatively about the same, and given that their rankings are relatively the same (Loyola 82 tied with 5 other schools and DePaul 88 tied with 6 other schools) would I be dumb not to take the scholarship offer from DePaul? I would think that even if the letter is a typo (which I highly doubt) the fact that I have it in writing and then subsequently accept the terms of their offer would obligate them to honor the terms of the offer letter, even if it were a typo (which I highly doubt).
Do you know what kind of law you want to practice? This could make the decision a no-brainer.