FeelTheHeat wrote:I recall from reading threads on this subject that the OCI are pretty proportional to the size of the student body. UF's until very recently has been larger than FSU's which helps explain that discrepancy. When I get a chance to sit down and find the exact numbers I will.
I disagree with your point about the rankings. UF moved up, but what if they move down next rankings? Last year they were one spot apart! The difference between the two is going to be so negligible it should have no bearing whatsoever on her decision. It seems both schools have firmly established themselves as 1/1A (or 1/2, depending on your viewpoint), and a rankings-based decision would be silly.
Lastly, I think you are misconstruing my point a bit when talking about her lone concern being what finds her a job. I am addressing her situation solely from that position, as it is all I care about as well. Her experience at the schools and potential for success stems a huge part from the environment. The student body and locations are vastly different. The other differences between the school are minute enough that I believe the most overriding factor will be which school she thinks is a better fit for her and gives her the greatest chance to finish above median. Because if you aren't above median at either school, you are sol. UF gives the tiniest chance at big law (which she has no interest in) and they have their tax program, but other than that I see no distinguishable differences between the two.
How can she tell whether she will finish above median? We all expect to because we will work hard, etc...
I agree the campus visits are going to make a difference, and the feel of the community is very important.
But remember, this is also about balancing her husband's opportunities too. I hope he will be visiting both and scoping out the job situations.
As for Barbie's career, UF has a larger alumni base which gives it the edge, especially if you think all else is equal in terms of rank and respect.