wackjickham wrote:I took UVA with ~2/3 over NYU, so a similar situation in some respects but also vastly different. I too have spent time in Charlottesville and found it charming, but was really drawn to New York for a different experience. In the end, I decided that the COL in NYC combined with the extra debt from school would be pretty suffocating for me. I knew I would be kicking myself for every night out at a bar and would have to live extremely cheaply. I would rather live in New York later in my life when I could actually enjoy it, rather than 3 years where 3/4 of my time would be spent in a library anyway.
If you want to go V10, go to Columbia. If you just want to do BigLaw, go to UVA. It seems as if you are extremely debt averse, and at least in my case I decided I would be much happier at UVA than NYU, despite NYU's attractive location.
Obviously Columbia =/= NYU and 2/3 =/= Full ride. Just my $0.02
Wow. It's like I wrote this myself, except replace NYU with CLS. OP, I sincerely think you'd crazy to turn down the full tuition offer from UVA. This is especially true if your parents can't provide a financial safety net. I'm trying to avoid citing placement data, because that inevitably devolves into a discussion about its reliability, but what I gathered when I researched T6 vs. T10 schools is that the gap isn't that large, T6 is by no means a golden ticket, and below-median at Columbia is very much a sweaty-palms place to find yourself ITE.
One way to look at this (and a valid way, in my opinion) is that because you're an in-state VA resident, you're getting an unusually good offer, given your LSAT/GPA, and in support of that I would wager that if you browse LSN you'll find that very few people turn down T10 full rides unless it's for HYS, much less for a modest scholarship at a T6.