Better school for more $$ or full ride?

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Re: Better school for more $$ or full ride?

Postby TracyLynn » Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:28 pm

Also just to let everyone know, I contacted admissions at St. John's re the scholarship stipulations. According to them, approximately 50% of the class comes in with some sort of merit scholarship (for some reason I thought this figure would be higher). She also said that since these are the most promising candidates, they expect that this 50% will be the top 50% of the class (not necessarily). Thus, under their new stipulation (top 40% to keep all and you can keep half in the top 55%) they expect approximately 10% of the class to lose some of their scholarship.

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Re: Better school for more $$ or full ride?

Postby TracyLynn » Tue Jan 25, 2011 8:29 pm

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Re: Better school for more $$ or full ride?

Postby trickydicky » Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:06 am

Going to St. Johns is a huge gamble.

If you are extremely confident that you can retain the scholarship, it might be worth it. But keep in mind that you are limiting your future earning potential dramatically going to St. Johns. Unless you are in the top 10 students at the school, you are going to wait in line for jobs behind Columbia, NYU, Fordham, etc etc and everyone else that wants to come into the New York market.

Same thing goes for Illinois if you don't rock it there.


Problem with Illinois is that you wait in line for Chicago and NW.

Make your decision with all the information. Good Luck

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Re: Better school for more $$ or full ride?

Postby TracyLynn » Sat Feb 05, 2011 10:17 am

Hey all-- wanted to bump this after a scholarship offer from Ohio State, 12k/year (2.5 stip). I signed up to visit and am very excited. I also sent an e-mail to see if they would increase the offer due to 15k/Illinois and 20k/Washington and Lee.

I really love OSU. From the beginning it was a school I was excited about. I realize that 12k isn't lot, making OOS tuition for the first year around 28,000. I have also heard that approx 80% of OOS students become re-classified as Ohio residents, and I would definitely try to do that.

Would you take W+L's better offer over OSU? St. John's full ride? Illinois is looking less likely due to the cost and the difficulties of Illinois residency. Thanks for the advice!

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Re: Better school for more $$ or full ride?

Postby TracyLynn » Wed Feb 09, 2011 8:23 pm

OSU offered me a non-resident grant since I'm not able to be re-classified as a resident for the first year. $4k the first year, 2k for the 2nd and 3rd. Brings tuition to the first year is approx 23,000 and for the 2nd and 3rd (assuming residency) approx 10,000. I spoke to the dean who confirmed that 80-90% of the non-residents become re-classified.

Please help! W+L 20k/year. Illinois 15k/ year. St. John's full ride, OSU. What would you choose and why?

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Re: Better school for more $$ or full ride?

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Re: Better school for more $$ or full ride?

Postby Fark-o-vision » Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:33 pm

Can you cover cost of living at St. Johns, or would you be borrowing for that?

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Re: Better school for more $$ or full ride?

Postby amers73 » Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:41 pm

In a similar situation, only I got a huge amt of $$ at loyola, but would have to be in the top 30% of the class which I think is a huge gamble, also got 11k per year at OSU given I maintain a 2.5 or better (no idea what the curve is). But I am favoring W&L and am sure I will attend unless I get accepted to ND with a similar scholarship (very unlikely).

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Re: Better school for more $$ or full ride?

Postby TracyLynn » Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:08 pm

Fark-o-vision wrote:Can you cover cost of living at St. Johns, or would you be borrowing for that?


I would be borrowing for the COL at St. John's...which is definitely expensive.

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Re: Better school for more $$ or full ride?

Postby FlanAl » Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:14 pm

do you want to live in ohio or virginia when you are done with law school (or I guess illinois is up there too)?

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Re: Better school for more $$ or full ride?

Postby TracyLynn » Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:21 pm

amers73 wrote:In a similar situation, only I got a huge amt of $$ at loyola, but would have to be in the top 30% of the class which I think is a huge gamble, also got 11k per year at OSU given I maintain a 2.5 or better (no idea what the curve is). But I am favoring W&L and am sure I will attend unless I get accepted to ND with a similar scholarship (very unlikely).


I'm waiting on ND as well! Complete 11/17...assuming a WL or rejection at this point. Still hold out a little hope though. Top 40% at St. John's is a little daunting, but my main beef with the school is the overcrowded NY market. Lots of JDs but not a lot of jobs. It's discouraging to have wait behind every Columbia/NYU/t-14/Cardozo/Brooklyn, etc. JD. I feel like OSU and W+L have better reputations and prospects in their areas.

FYI- I talked to the dean for financial aid at OSU who said that approx 80-85% of the class achieves a 2.5 or better. Hope that helps.

I will be visiting both schools soon, so I'm assuming that will help. Here's the question that nags me though-- am I an idiot to choose OSU or W+L over a full ride at St. John's? Should I take the free JD and run? I realize that the free part is reliant on me staying in the top 40% and loans for COL, but still...is this economy (with undergrad loans as well)..am I fool to turn down a full ride?

Thanks everyone!

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Re: Better school for more $$ or full ride?

Postby TracyLynn » Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:23 pm

FlanAl wrote:do you want to live in ohio or virginia when you are done with law school (or I guess illinois is up there too)?


I'm really open to either. Illinois is a great school, but at this point, a little too expensive, especially in light of my offer at OSU. Personally, I do prefer a city to the country..which probably means Lexington isn't for me. I'm visiting soon, so I'll know for sure after that. Definitely something to consider though..

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Re: Better school for more $$ or full ride?

Postby FlanAl » Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:30 pm

I'm guessing you got the email from W&L about employment stats? doesn't look to horrible but does look pretty virginia heavy

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Re: Better school for more $$ or full ride?

Postby TracyLynn » Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:31 pm

FlanAl wrote:I'm guessing you got the email from W&L about employment stats? doesn't look to horrible but does look pretty virginia heavy


Yes I received it and the information in the mail as well, found it be very refreshing and transparent. I agree with you about Virginia.

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Re: Better school for more $$ or full ride?

Postby cowgirl_bebop » Thu Feb 10, 2011 9:59 pm

Similar boat here. So far my options are:
1) Full tuition to St. John's. My stipulation is just "good academic standing" though and I may have just secured free housing/food
2) Maryland (no scholly info yet)
3) GW at sticker. This is not really an option though, lol

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Re: Better school for more $$ or full ride?

Postby TracyLynn » Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:57 pm

TracyLynn wrote:
amers73 wrote:In a similar situation, only I got a huge amt of $$ at loyola, but would have to be in the top 30% of the class which I think is a huge gamble, also got 11k per year at OSU given I maintain a 2.5 or better (no idea what the curve is). But I am favoring W&L and am sure I will attend unless I get accepted to ND with a similar scholarship (very unlikely).


I'm waiting on ND as well! Complete 11/17...assuming a WL or rejection at this point. Still hold out a little hope though. Top 40% at St. John's is a little daunting, but my main beef with the school is the overcrowded NY market. Lots of JDs but not a lot of jobs. It's discouraging to have wait behind every Columbia/NYU/t-14/Cardozo/Brooklyn, etc. JD. I feel like OSU and W+L have better reputations and prospects in their areas.

FYI- I talked to the dean for financial aid at OSU who said that approx 80-85% of the class achieves a 2.5 or better. Hope that helps.

I will be visiting both schools soon, so I'm assuming that will help. Here's the question that nags me though-- am I an idiot to choose OSU or W+L over a full ride at St. John's? Should I take the free JD and run? I realize that the free part is reliant on me staying in the top 40% and loans for COL, but still...is this economy (with undergrad loans as well)..am I fool to turn down a full ride?

Thanks everyone!


I'd love to hear more opinions! This question is still nagging me..

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Re: Better school for more $$ or full ride?

Postby TracyLynn » Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:28 pm

So I visited W+L this past weekend and it was great. Nice area, small, supportive school. I really liked it.

To sum up my situation, I'm 40,000 in debt from undergrad. My options are:

St. Johns-- full tuition scholarship (top 40% to maintain all)-- total cost approx= 55,000
Ohio State-- 12,000 (2.5) and 8,000 non-resident grant over 3 years-- total cost approx=80,000
W+L-- 20,000 (3.15)-- total cost approx= 95,000

Am I a fool to turn down St. John's offer? Or smart to avoid a so-so school in an oversaturated market? I'm off to OSU next weekend so obviously that's a big part of the puzzle. Thanks!

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Re: Better school for more $$ or full ride?

Postby fatduck » Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:35 pm

TracyLynn wrote:So I visited W+L this past weekend and it was great. Nice area, small, supportive school. I really liked it.

To sum up my situation, I'm 40,000 in debt from undergrad. My options are:

St. Johns-- full tuition scholarship (top 40% to maintain all)-- total cost approx= 55,000
Ohio State-- 12,000 (2.5) and 8,000 non-resident grant over 3 years-- total cost approx=80,000
W+L-- 20,000 (3.15)-- total cost approx= 95,000

Am I a fool to turn down St. John's offer? Or smart to avoid a so-so school in an oversaturated market? I'm off to OSU next weekend so obviously that's a big part of the puzzle. Thanks!


don't go to SJU. try to decide whether you'd rather work in ohio or virginia. either OSU/W&L would be fine choices.

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Re: Better school for more $$ or full ride?

Postby aquyenl » Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:11 pm

seriously take w&l. better hiring prospects, super low cost of living, etc. the difference b/w SJU and w&l is only 40,000 and is nothing in the grander scheme of things. i wouldn't even think twice about it. W&L

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Re: Better school for more $$ or full ride?

Postby TracyLynn » Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:59 pm

aquyenl wrote:seriously take w&l. better hiring prospects, super low cost of living, etc. the difference b/w SJU and w&l is only 40,000 and is nothing in the grander scheme of things. i wouldn't even think twice about it. W&L


Is 130,000-140,000 total student loan debt irresponsible though? I mean I know we talking about 130-140 and around 100 for SJU so I will have debt regardless. Just curious if the debt I would accumulate at W+L isn't a good idea. Thanks!

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Re: Better school for more $$ or full ride?

Postby arvcondor » Fri Feb 25, 2011 6:38 am

NBPPIsnotforme wrote: First of all, St. Johns and UIUC BOTH put all scholarship and stipulations kids in the same section 1L year. Meaning that you are not competing against the average joe of your class, only the ones deemed the desirable candidates.
What on Earth are you talking about? The stipulation is based on her grades relative to the class, not section.

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Re: Better school for more $$ or full ride?

Postby TracyLynn » Fri Feb 25, 2011 4:43 pm

Just an FYI that I have withdrawn from UIUC. Besides W+L, St. John's and Ohio State, I have acceptances from UConn and Brooklyn, waiting from scholarships from both, but I think those will be the final three. Would you take on 95,000 in debt for W+L, 80,000 for OSU or 55,000 for St. John's? Thanks everyone--

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Re: Better school for more $$ or full ride?

Postby fatduck » Fri Feb 25, 2011 4:45 pm

TracyLynn wrote:Just an FYI that I have withdrawn from UIUC. Besides W+L, St. John's and Ohio State, I have acceptances from UConn and Brooklyn, waiting from scholarships from both, but I think those will be the final three. Would you take on 95,000 in debt for W+L, 80,000 for OSU or 55,000 for St. John's? Thanks everyone--


wait until you've visited OSU, but i think W&L is the right choice.

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Re: Better school for more $$ or full ride?

Postby bk1 » Fri Feb 25, 2011 4:48 pm

TracyLynn wrote:Thus, under their new stipulation (top 40% to keep all and you can keep half in the top 55%) they expect approximately 10% of the class to lose some of their scholarship.

lol, they know damn well that more than 10% is going to lose some of their scholarship.

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Re: Better school for more $$ or full ride?

Postby Attorney » Fri Feb 25, 2011 5:39 pm

For the love of God, it is W&L. Not "W+L". You need to know that before you go there next year. Which you should.




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