dresden doll wrote:
sibley wrote:The previous posters disagree with you.
That's because they're boneheaded on this issue.
I can't even believe that there's a serious debate re: whether Cornell outweighs Fordham when both are to cost OP the same amount. If the choice was between Fordham with money and Cornell at sticker, there'd be something to debate; as it is, this thread is a fail.
People in this thread are making unsubstantiated claims. No one knows what the biglaw placement rate was at Fordham this year; I haven't even heard more than rumors, and the rumors I have heard are in the 15-25% range. Fordham hasn't released numbers, but if someone has precise and accurate information for either school, I welcome it.
If OP wants to do SEO, and she needs a T14 for that, she should go to Cornell. However, she should go there because she likes the school and the opportunities it offers, not out of some sense of obligation to attend an Ivy just for the name. This is how people make themselves miserable for three years, and I do think personally happiness has an effect on academic performance. I think she needs to visit Cornell and spend some time in Ithaca talking to students. If I had been admitted, I would certainly have done so, though it would have been difficult for me to move away from NYC. Fordham suits me well, and I mean to defend my school and its people. I am sure there are Cornell students who feel the same way, and there are disaffected people everywhere. I have classmates that still don't believe I won't transfer the minute it becomes an option.
This profession is obsessed with prestige, and I recognize that. Most of us ultimately elect to go to the best school that will have us, unless we get scads of money. I'm advocating research, which the OP is already doing. She should be aware, however, that until schools release actual data (or the NLJ chart comes out), we're just going on anecdotal data gleaned from our classmates. I'm not going to make a claim for Fordham's biglaw placement rate this year, because it would be irresponsible of me to presume to know something that no student knows. In 2008, we had 43.7% to Cornell's 62%; which I thought was very respectable given our ranking and place in the world. I will wait for the next set of substantiated numbers before making any further claims about my school, other than to say that personal happiness trumps all else for me, and I have been very happy here. Fordham was the best school that would have me, so fortunately I was spared a decision like this one.