T14 Quality of Life 2015

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T14 Quality of Life 2015

Postby ticklemesilly » Mon Mar 09, 2015 6:28 pm

I'm sure this has been asked before but let's do the 2015 version, ranking T14 or similar (Vandy, UCLA) by quality of life.

I'd have to say

Top:

1. Virginia
2. Stanford
3. Duke
4. Michigan

and

Bottom

1. Harvard (big class size, intense competition, many transfers)
2. Penn (bad area)

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Re: T14 Quality of Life 2015

Postby Mack.Hambleton » Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:43 pm

this varies widely from individual to individual so kind of pointless

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Re: T14 Quality of Life 2015

Postby sneezus » Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:28 pm

ticklemesilly wrote:2. Penn (bad area)


lol bullshit

classic unwarranted philly hate. one of the greatest cities on earth. also the law school is beautiful

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Re: T14 Quality of Life 2015

Postby ilikebaseball » Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:28 pm

how would you know the quality of life if you've never been?

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Re: T14 Quality of Life 2015

Postby Clearly » Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:33 pm

Um no.

Ah, I see you were waitlisted by Penn. :roll:

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Re: T14 Quality of Life 2015

Postby 2014 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:42 am

List needs more UChi near the 1 spot

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Re: T14 Quality of Life 2015

Postby chuckbass » Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:45 am

So OP is not a city person.

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Re: T14 Quality of Life 2015

Postby KM2016 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:56 am

If you're worried about QOL in law school, you've chosen the wrong profession.

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Re: T14 Quality of Life 2015

Postby pamphleteer » Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:58 am

UVA is a great school but having to spend three years of your life in Bumfuck, Virginia seems like the worst thing about it (although I guess that keeps COL down).

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Re: T14 Quality of Life 2015

Postby star fox » Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:02 am

"QOL" = "COL"

nothing else matters. If you think it does, you're wrong.

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Re: T14 Quality of Life 2015

Postby prezidentv8 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:09 am

Duke was fantastic w/r/t quality of life, and I'd really be hard pressed to hate on any of the T14 cities generally (LOL Yale maybe?)

But Philly's a pretty underrated town tho.

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Re: T14 Quality of Life 2015

Postby KMart » Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:10 am

pamphleteer wrote:UVA is a great school but having to spend three years of your life in Bumfuck, Virginia seems like the worst thing about it (although I guess that keeps COL down).

Have you been to Charlottesville? It's awesome and gorgeous with amazing weather.

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Re: T14 Quality of Life 2015

Postby rpupkin » Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:13 am

star fox wrote:"QOL" = "COL"

nothing else matters. If you think it does, you're wrong.

Well then. Glad you've got it all figured out.

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Re: T14 Quality of Life 2015

Postby rpupkin » Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:16 am

imKMart wrote:
pamphleteer wrote:UVA is a great school but having to spend three years of your life in Bumfuck, Virginia seems like the worst thing about it (although I guess that keeps COL down).

Have you been to Charlottesville? It's awesome and gorgeous with amazing weather.

Charlottesville is cute but it gets small really fast. I would've liked it when I was 20.

The weather is gorgeous in the spring and fall, but it's cold in the winter and humid in the summer. I'm sure the weather is better than the Northeast, but that's not a high bar.

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Re: T14 Quality of Life 2015

Postby KMart » Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:18 am

rpupkin wrote:Charlottesville is cute but it gets small really fast. I would've liked it when I was 20.

The weather is gorgeous in the spring and fall, but it's cold in the winter and humid in the summer. I'm sure the weather is better than the Northeast, but that's not a high bar.

To be fair I only visited for the weekend so I can't talk about how quickly it would get small. It did remind me of where I'm from, so maybe I'm a bit biased.

Regarding winter: my -30 windchill up here begs to differ. I'll take Virginia "cold" all Nov-Mar (again a bias of being from the North).

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Re: T14 Quality of Life 2015

Postby KissMyAxe » Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:35 am

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Re: T14 Quality of Life 2015

Postby snagglepuss » Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:42 am

I wish this data had been available when I applied. When I applied, no one had attended six T14s like OP.

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Re: T14 Quality of Life 2015

Postby bearsfan23 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:50 am

star fox wrote:"QOL" = "COL"

nothing else matters. If you think it does, you're wrong.



I mean, "COL" is too subjective too make a general statement on how to differentiate T14s, but this is one of the dumbest fucking things I have ever read.

They're 2 completely different things

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Re: T14 Quality of Life 2015

Postby star fox » Tue Mar 10, 2015 3:09 am

bearsfan23 wrote:
star fox wrote:"QOL" = "COL"

nothing else matters. If you think it does, you're wrong.



I mean, "COL" is too subjective too make a general statement on how to differentiate T14s, but this is one of the dumbest fucking things I have ever read.

They're 2 completely different things

The quality of your life will be improved by paying less when you're not making any money and living off loans. Figure out how to enjoy wherever you are.

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Re: T14 Quality of Life 2015

Postby SLS_AMG » Tue Mar 10, 2015 3:22 am

imKMart wrote:
pamphleteer wrote:UVA is a great school but having to spend three years of your life in Bumfuck, Virginia seems like the worst thing about it (although I guess that keeps COL down).

Have you been to Charlottesville? It's awesome and gorgeous with amazing weather.


k but remember it's being compared to Stanford and Berkeley, so the weather's really not that great.

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Re: T14 Quality of Life 2015

Postby hawnee86 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 7:15 am

If you think the neighborhoods north of 125 st are bad, I can only assume you've never lived in a city before. Columbia area is boring, but not dangerous. Hell, nowhere in NYC is dangerous anymore when compared to nearly any other city in the country (maybe Brownsville or ENY, but something tells me few people here are taking the train past Broadway Junction).

If you're measuring expenses as part of QoL index, almost impossible to ignore the rent costs for Col/NYU, although I assume S/Berkeley and probably Chicago are similar.

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Re: T14 Quality of Life 2015

Postby 2014 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:49 am

"New Haven is not bad at all" sure sounds like a quality I want in my #1 QOL school

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Re: T14 Quality of Life 2015

Postby chuckbass » Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:51 am

Also to the person that finds Columbia to be terrifying: you should never go to a park at night in any city in the world HTH.

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Re: T14 Quality of Life 2015

Postby jbagelboy » Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:00 pm

KissMyAxe wrote:Hahaha, someone got pwned by Penn. OP, you can't know what QOL is for any school other than your own, and even that's subjective. But just for fun.

Just no with your rankings. UVA is a fine school, but Charlottesville (though pretty) can get boring because of its very small size, plus the fratty social environment is definitely not for everyone. Michigan has a great student culture and looks like Hogwarts, too bad it's located in an arctic hellscape. I'd have the top 5 more like...

1.) Yale (no grades first semester and then no curve at all afterwards really dominates in quality of life). Most beautiful school by far. Also, New Haven is not bad at all and the food is the best.
2.) Stanford (Fantastic weather, chill West coast culture, and the best T14 football team by far. However, they do have first semester grades and Palo Alto is crazy expensive)
3.) Berkeley (same as Stanford up above, but more overall stress due to less jobs to go around)
4.) Harvard (it is a big class, but that lets it have more things to do. Plus the class doesn't hold you back in jobs. Cambridge and Boston is also awesome.)
5.) Northwestern (Chicago is amazing and Northwestern gets the better side of Chicago than UC. There you get to avoid Bad Leroy Brown.)

Duke, Penn, Michigan, UVA, NYU, and Chicago would make up the middle in some fashion.

12.) Columbia (Manhattan is incredibly expensive and many students have said it can be dangerous if you're not careful. Riverside Park is nice but they say not to go there at night. Up above 125th street can be rough as well. Finally, everyone knows how dangerous Morningside Park can be.)
13.) Cornell (Ithaca is in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do and it's known for being very competitive)
14.) GULC (I love DC, but the absolutely enormous student body and large class of transfers combined with the poorest employment scores would make it a very stressful environment.)


no

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Re: T14 Quality of Life 2015

Postby jbagelboy » Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:02 pm

if you like large cities, then NYU/CLS would top the list followed by Chicago/Northwestern. If you like college towns and strongly dislike cities, then UVA, Michigan and maybe Duke at top, with the metropolitan schools near the bottom. Berkeley and Stanford would probably be #3 and 4 on any list. New england is meh all around, so the new england schools & ithaca would be middling at best. The rest would fall along those lines.




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