PMan99 wrote:It depends greatly on what school you're turning down and for how much $$. Also where you want to live after school and what ties you have to various areas.
Turning down Chicago for a full ride at Northwestern? You'd be pretty hard pressed to find anyone who didn't support that.
Turning down Harvard for 10k a year at UCLA? Not so much.
Many would take Chicago over that-- especially those wanting markets other than Chicago who lack real work experience. Northwestern places better in Chicago than Chicago, and has great NLJ250 placement. However, if you lack work experience it would be a bad choice to go to Northwestern-- part of the reason it places so well is because so many people there have MBA-like work experience and employers obviously love this (you'll understand after you go through OCI). Also Northwestern doesn't place well in mid-level markets and west coast markets. A firm in Arizona is much more likely to hire a Chicago grad than an NU grad.
People wouldn't turn down Harvard for 10k a year at UCLA, but they might if they had a full-ride. Harvard places well in California, but if you get to the top of UCLA's class the options would be similar.