Yesterday I got an invitation in the mail to apply to Franklin Pierce. Basically said it's still not too late to apply and they would even waive the app fee. What the heck? Isn't it a little late for this kind of thing?
You’re not alone. Rumors in the pre-law market-place abound. Others received application invitations from Florida Coastal.
Even a few weeks ago I was very much thinking that if I got into my reach school, I would go there. Now that I've visited the schools I actually got into that are ranked lower, I don't think I'd go to the higher-ranked school even if I was accepted. I felt very comfortable at both the schools I visited, and for me, it will come down to a matter of location to decide between the two.On the other hand, the higher-ranked school has an enormous class size and seems to be a fairly competitive environment. It looks to be full of kids right out of undergrad who didn't get into other local schools that are ranked even higher (which adds to the competitive bit). The professors, while always referred to as "experts" in their fields, are also often mentioned as not being that great of teachers. One of their big selling points is about how many of their graduates enter a field of which I have no interest. I've also heard, in general, more negative things about the school than I have the lower-ranked ones. I can't picture myself being very happy there.I've heard many times that I should go to the school that's ranked the highest NO MATTER WHAT, but really - there's more to life than rankings, and if I end up closing some doors by not going to the higher ranking school, so be it - it doesn't mean I have no doors at all.
Quote from: IluvNY37 on April 04, 2006, 06:54:19 PMWhat do you all think... I'm trying to decide between a 3 tier school that I really like and a few tier 2 schools that I like, but not as much. I think that I can get better grades at the tier 3 school and the location is better for jobs. However, the tier 2 schools are ranked higher. Do you think higher grades at a lower ranked school is better than lower grades at a higher ranked school?... or should i buy into the US news #s and go for the rank?I think you should go to the school you feel personally suits you best. I think it sucks that a bunch writers that we've never met before dictate where people choose to go to school. I'm not going to discredit the published work of USNEWS as I'm sure employers probably put some weight (albeit small, imho) on them, but in the end, you should follow your gut and to the school you see yourself being both happy and successful. USNEWS won't be there to help you keep good grades in that tier 2 school you chose over a T3 school at which you felt you would've fared better. USNEWS won't be in your study group. USNEWS won't share a beer with you after that killer midterm. USNEWS won't get that job interview for you. Given all this, why do people so much stock in USNEWS? The point is, it's all a personal decision (many other factors should go into your decision- factors that USNEWS doesn't take into consideration) No matter what school you go to, it is up to you to succeed. Going to a T2 over a T3 does NOT equal automatic success/happiness. Good luck with your decision.
What do you all think... I'm trying to decide between a 3 tier school that I really like and a few tier 2 schools that I like, but not as much. I think that I can get better grades at the tier 3 school and the location is better for jobs. However, the tier 2 schools are ranked higher. Do you think higher grades at a lower ranked school is better than lower grades at a higher ranked school?... or should i buy into the US news #s and go for the rank?
Just wanted to add that there's definitely NO assurance that you'll get better grades at a lower ranked school. A LOT of students who get scholarships to tier 3 & 4 schools, don't end up keeping them. Free ride for the first year, then pay through the nose for years 2 & 3.I'm leaning towards my tier 2 acceptance over my tier 4. (I think... )