dabbadon8 wrote: bdubs wrote: Deuce wrote:
Nicholasnickynic wrote:also, if you are thinking about t-14 in the south, uva still throws money to early decision people- so they might be the better choice.
Still below both medians, likely WL
I think you're better off trying to ED at UVA on day 1 and then going for Duke if you get the WL. The turn around at UVA is so quick (<2 weeks) that it won't have any effect on your admissions chances at Duke. UVA is a better school, is still southern, and is cheaper.
In what regard is UVA a better school? USNWR? Job prospects and admission standards are the same. UVA is not cheaper, their non-resident tuition is $800 more then duke. Duke has the second lowest COA in the t14, the first is michigan. Not to say that this difference matters much, it just isn't a pro for UVA. In addition UVA is really pushing the definition of southern. I don't think the OP mentioned wanting a southern school so that doesn't matter. Anyways, more importantly, OP, go visit the schools you are considering ED'ing to. There are differences between them, if you want UVA over Duke then ED there, but don't just do it to facilitate ED apps to multiple places.
UVA places better in NLJ 250, Atlanta is one of its top 3 placement markets (according to its website), it faired better during the downturn (less layoffs and no offers, according to LST), and it does better in terms of high profile clerkships (COA, supreme court, etc.)
You're right on the tuition front though, I was conflating resident and non-resident tuition.
Not saying UVA is necessarily a better choice for everyone, its just that you get a bit more bang for your buck at UVA if you're paying sticker.