JO 14 wrote:
Golden Bear 11 wrote:UCI median dropped to 165
Still, pretty much the range of Notre Dame, Emory and Alabama. To me, impressive for a LS with no alumni or ranking for that matter. For the investor the question is, what is the upside in five years after investing + $50M into a startup? For the grad (or at least 50% of the class), hard to say how they come out if the school doesn’t break into tier 1.
Take this with a grain of salt, and don't kill the messenger, but when I visited the school today one of the prospective students in my group asked where they thought the school would be ranked since they initially sought after a top 20 ranking. The 2L who was our guide stated that Dean Chem believed they would enter around 18, and she personally thinks over time they would settle to 15. I personally think that is an insane belief, and I do not see them ever truly competing with USC/UCLA, but being above Davis (sort of the middle ground). I was not able to ask Dean Chem if that was truly his belief, or just the student trying to keep students interested, but even if they gamed the rankings hardcore, I just don't see them ever doing that. I think if they manage to break into the top 30 that in itself would be a major accomplishment and pretty insane considering how new and unprecedented it is for a new school to debut so high.
Also to the comments, they stopped giving the entire class blanket scholarships in the third year (1st=full ride, 2nd=50% 3rd=33%).