quakeroats wrote:There are two different arguments going on here. One is is over whether Michigan won't be as esteemed tomorrow as it is today. The other is whether it's a good idea to go to Michigan over, say, Duke. On this second argument, here are some things you may want to consider:
1. Michigan has a very large class. It's almost twice the size of Duke, especially this year when the word is we've pared back to 190 or so. Large classes tend to be a liability in this economy.
2. Michigan had the worst OCI performance of any top school in 2009. The most popular explanation is that the CSO told everyone to bid on Chicago, but who knows? If you go to Michigan you may well find out.
3. Michigan doesn't release its career stats to applicants except in aggregated 5-year form. We still don't know how well they've done this year. Duke's stats have been up for months and compare favorably to Columbia's.
4. Duke takes care of its graduates at the bottom of the class and our LRAP is better than Michigan's.
Also, Durham has an average of 8 inches of snow annually to Ann Arbor's 52.
There are not two different arguments going on here. You're continuing to make the same wild speculation that Michigan is going to be a lesser school in 20 years that you've been making since you first developed your personal grudge against them when they dinged you. The question is whether there's any evidence of their decline, and there is none. Regarding your tired assertions, which I've refuted before:
1. Michigan has a medium size class. Same size as Virginia's, smaller than Harvard's, Columbia's, NYU's, and Georgetown's. The extent to which class size is a "liability" in this economy is disputed, but if it is, Michigan shares that liability with a substantial portion of the top schools.
2. Source? Michigan has continued to post stats commensurate with its ranking. http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNL ... hbxlogin=1
3. This is not a thread about comparing Michigan to Duke. Somehow, you think every thread is about that. I don't know why. Sure, Duke gave you guys better stats. Other top 10 schools have received worse stats. I don't see how this is evidence of a decline.
4. I don't know much about LRAPs, other than to say I know Michigan's is not shabby. I don't know what it means that Duke "takes care of its lower ranked students," and I don't really care, because this is not a compare Michigan to Duke thread, especially not a compare Michigan to Duke based on extremely nuanced and inconsequential distinctions--distinctions that could be made between Duke and any other school.
Oh, yes, the snow. You always bring that one out when you lose this argument don't you?