Tarheel10 wrote:Its not just because Im a "Carolina fan." Thanks, though. There are other considerations that I haven't gotten to in this thread. Close family ties to Vanderbilt and Nashville, interest in Nashville government, the potential to work part tme and cover most of my debt at Vanderbilt. Plus Duke will still cost about $14,000 more. Close research match wit a Vanderbilt professor and the ability to work with him.
I can sort of see your dilemma if you want Nashville government work. However, if you have ties to Nashville and want Nashville government, there is probably still an advantage to Duke. Being one of a handful of Duke students who are applying to Nashville government jobs as opposed to the legion of Vandy kids who are doing it would set you apart. Though there may be something worth saying about Vandy alums (who are obviously more plentiful in Nashville than Duke alums) giving you an edge.
I would say that the $14,000 is pretty minimal compared to the prestige difference and I'm not sure that the professor match is meaningful i/r/t getting you the job you want (it might, but without more information I'd lean towards no).