WUSTL ($$$) vs. GW

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WUSTL (SS) v GW

Poll ended at Thu May 16, 2013 10:03 pm

Washington University
26
84%
George Washington
5
16%
 
Total votes: 31

oconnorrm
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WUSTL ($$$) vs. GW

Postby oconnorrm » Mon May 13, 2013 10:03 pm

Having to chose between Wash U (with a $30,000/year scholarship) and George Washington (sticker). I will be paying my tuition upfront, without accumulating loans. I want to be in DC long-term career wise, but am struggling to justify paying full price for GW over discounted WUSTL.

LSAT: 169 (taken only once)
GPA: 3.56

WUSTL COA: ~$55K
GW COA: ~$150K

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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Re: WUSTL ($$$) vs. GW

Postby beepboopbeep » Mon May 13, 2013 10:10 pm

I hate to be that guy, but is retaking an option? My gpa isn't much better, but with a 173 I was deciding between $ at NYU and $$ at CLS (though to be fair, the latter was totally need-based). If your first was 169 it's hard to imagine a bit more studying couldn't get you into the 170s and then t14 opens up a bit more, even with your splitter gpa.

Gun to my head: deposit at WUSTL, retake in June and reapply if you can bump it up a few points. I don't really think WUSTL is good for your DC goals, but GW at sticker is unconscionable.

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Re: WUSTL ($$$) vs. GW

Postby DoveBodyWash » Mon May 13, 2013 10:17 pm

Eh..this is harder because you're paying upfront. Are you incurring loans for housing and living expenses? Or are those taken care of too? I think WUSTL is the better financial choice but if you really want D.C. then i vote GW if debt isn't an issue for you.

But whichever one you choose, deposit at one and re-take in June just to see how you do. If you do much better, withdraw and re-apply.

oconnorrm
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Re: WUSTL ($$$) vs. GW

Postby oconnorrm » Mon May 13, 2013 10:23 pm

Retaking isn't an option.

Have tried to leverage scholarship at WUSTL into something at GW, but they haven't come back with any merit aid.

I wouldn't occur any living expenses. Regardless, still hard to justify the $100K more for GW, or really DC.

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Re: WUSTL ($$$) vs. GW

Postby DoveBodyWash » Mon May 13, 2013 10:29 pm

oconnorrm wrote:Retaking isn't an option.

Have tried to leverage scholarship at WUSTL into something at GW, but they haven't come back with any merit aid.

I wouldn't occur any living expenses. Regardless, still hard to justify the $100K more for GW, or really DC.

well it comes down to how much you're willing to pay for D.C.

WashU places some ppl in D.C. every year but not enough to gamble on if you're D.C. or bust

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Re: WUSTL ($$$) vs. GW

Postby y2zipper » Mon May 13, 2013 11:37 pm

What are you doing that let's you pay up front? If that's a job, you may wanna keep it.

WUSTL is worth the price here, but I'd urge you to retake and deposit.

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Re: WUSTL ($$$) vs. GW

Postby WokeUpInACar » Mon May 13, 2013 11:40 pm

Your reason for not retaking isn't good enough, I promise you.

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Re: WUSTL ($$$) vs. GW

Postby dawyzest1 » Tue May 14, 2013 6:51 am

cusenation wrote:well it comes down to how much you're willing to pay for D.C.

WashU places some ppl in D.C. every year but not enough to gamble on if you're D.C. or bust


This is the right answer if you don't do anything to expand your options.

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Re: WUSTL ($$$) vs. GW

Postby Doorkeeper » Tue May 14, 2013 8:10 am

Retake and reapply. Any other choice is a bad decision.

TheNextAmendment
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Re: WUSTL ($$$) vs. GW

Postby TheNextAmendment » Tue May 14, 2013 9:22 am

OP...you're COA numbers are off..GW pre interest is over 200k.

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Re: WUSTL ($$$) vs. GW

Postby romothesavior » Tue May 14, 2013 9:50 am

Between these two options, WUSTL wins by a landslide.

But retaking is the best option of all.

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Re: WUSTL ($$$) vs. GW

Postby jbagelboy » Tue May 14, 2013 12:48 pm

romothesavior wrote:Between these two options, WUSTL wins by a landslide.

But retaking is the best option of all.


+1

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Re: WUSTL ($$$) vs. GW

Postby BigZuck » Tue May 14, 2013 6:29 pm

Car and Romo hit both nails on the head.

Definitely retake

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Re: WUSTL ($$$) vs. GW

Postby NoodleyOne » Tue May 14, 2013 6:41 pm

I had a 3.5 and my first take was a 169.

I retook and now have $$$ at UVA and NYU with multiple other T14 acceptances. Retaking is on the short list of best things I've ever done.

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Re: WUSTL ($$$) vs. GW

Postby jbagelboy » Tue May 14, 2013 6:46 pm

NoodleyOne wrote:I had a 3.5 and my first take was a 169.

I retook and now have $$$ at UVA and NYU with multiple other T14 acceptances. Retaking is on the short list of best things I've ever done.


and what a beautiful retake it was.... :)

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Re: WUSTL ($$$) vs. GW

Postby Ti Malice » Wed May 15, 2013 2:33 am

romothesavior wrote:Between these two options, WUSTL wins by a landslide.

But retaking is the best option of all.
WokeUpInACar wrote:Your reason for not retaking isn't good enough, I promise you.

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Re: WUSTL ($$$) vs. GW

Postby jbagelboy » Wed May 15, 2013 2:40 am

Retake is obvious

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otherwise, so that you have at least a kernel of an answer between the choices, in theory: WUSTL

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Re: WUSTL ($$$) vs. GW

Postby Dr. Dre » Wed May 15, 2013 2:43 am

gun to my dome, WUSTL

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Re: WUSTL ($$$) vs. GW

Postby Micdiddy » Wed May 15, 2013 4:09 am

Noodleyone is a good one to reference with how much better you can do with the same gpa, but, I also have a similar gpa (slightly less actually) and only have 173 and got an 80% scholly from a t13.
The reason I am saying this is because I am sure with your 169 a 173 feels extraordinarily "within reach." Heck, look at the curve if the test you took, probably 4 more questions right and you got yourself a 173 and much, much better prospects.
Neither of these schools is worth that price. Retaking is the best choice. Good luck!

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North
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Re: WUSTL ($$$) vs. GW

Postby North » Wed May 15, 2013 9:09 am

If you are DC or bust, the answer is retake.

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Re: WUSTL ($$$) vs. GW

Postby timbs4339 » Wed May 15, 2013 1:55 pm

GW is too much debt for the job prospects- from the look of it you're in a better spot now. WUSTL is not horrible at that cost, but not good for the majorly saturated DC market.

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Re: WUSTL ($$$) vs. GW

Postby boblawlob » Wed May 15, 2013 4:11 pm

I'm surprised Cornell or GULC are not calling for you.




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