Which would you pick (Duke, UT, UIUC)

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Which would you pick

UIUC (total COA = 58,500)
UT Austin (total COA = 96,000)
Duke (total COA = 190,000)
Total votes: 29

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Which would you pick (Duke, UT, UIUC)

Postby masochist » Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:52 pm

Background: I am a non-traditional applicant who would rather not work until I am 90 to pay off all of my loans. Ideally I'd want to go into academia, but PI/government would be nice as well. I have no geographic preferences, and I think biglaw is likely to be allergic to my work experience and age. Also, I like all three schools.

I am now struggling with the prestige/cost trade-off. Opinions?

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Re: Which would you pick (Duke, UT, UIUC)

Postby duckmoney » Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:57 pm

Duke is not worth $100k more than UT; rule that out if they make you pay sticker. UT places much better across the board than UIUC, although it's not a bad school. If you don't mind working in Illinois, I would say take the money and run. If you want Texas or a bit more portability, go to UT.

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Re: Which would you pick (Duke, UT, UIUC)

Postby KMaine » Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:58 pm

How old are you? What is your work experience? Would you do Biglaw if you could? Any idea what Duke's loan repayment plan is like?

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