Villanova, GW, BU, or BC

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Villanova, GW, BU, or BC

Postby max_p » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:09 pm

So I finally have all of my scholarship offers and can now make a decision. Here is what I'm deciding between:

Villanova with a full ride
BC @ $16,000 per year
BU @ $20,000 per year
GW @ $10,000 per year

I am terrified of debt, and I already have some debt from undergrad. The idea of being $200,000 in student loan debt sounds absolutely awful. I know that Villanova is a regional school, but I wouldn't mind working in Philly (I have friends and family there and I have always loved the city). Then again, the other schools are ranked significantly higher. I just sent a negotiation letter to BU today, so I have to wait and see what they say.

What do you all think???
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sundontshine
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Re: Decision time...

Postby sundontshine » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:12 pm

You still need to answer the questions about goals, COA, and GPA/LSAT.

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Re: Decision time...

Postby moonman157 » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:16 pm

I think going to any of these schools at those prices, especially with undergrad debt, would be a huge mistake.

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Re: Decision time...

Postby max_p » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:17 pm

All the schools cost the same, except for GW which is about 10k more per year. I will be using loans for living expenses too. I would like to keep my career options open, but I am strongly considering working in public interest. I already took the last twice. 3.75/162

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middlebear
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Re: Decision time...

Postby middlebear » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:22 pm

By COA, the meaning is the total cost of attendance--the total debt you'll accrue for all three years, not just scholarship amounts.

max_p
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Re: Decision time...

Postby max_p » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:26 pm

Debt would be $135k at BU and a little more at BC and GW. Villanova would be about $60k

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Re: Decision time...

Postby 03152016 » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:34 pm

are you going to take out loans for anything your scholarships don't cover?

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Re: Decision time...

Postby max_p » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:35 pm

Yep

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Re: Decision time...

Postby Cookies12 » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:38 pm

Are living expenses added into these debt numbers?

max_p
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Re: Decision time...

Postby max_p » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:40 pm

Yes they are

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hairbear7
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Re: Decision time...

Postby hairbear7 » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:41 pm

Why not take a year off and use your third LSAT retake? A few more questions correct and you could be looking at a full ride from these schools

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Re: Decision time...

Postby RareExports » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:42 pm

If you don't really care where you practice, Villanova might be the best option. Definitely the least risky, as all of the other schools are going to leave you with a lot of debt, and Villanova is not that far behind the other options IME, at least as far as regional placement goes.

Would not recommend BC, BU, or GW at those CoLs, but if you don't mind staying in Philly, Villanova isn't a bad option.
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Re: Decision time...

Postby twenty » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:42 pm

moonman157 wrote:I think going to any of these schools at those prices, especially with undergrad debt, would be a huge mistake.

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Re: Decision time...

Postby 03152016 » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:43 pm

your numbers are way off
for example, gw will probably run you 260k+ with a 10k scholly

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Re: Decision time...

Postby Nomo » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:44 pm

Are expected tuition increases included in your debt numbers?

What are your goals? Anything more specific than "strongly considering public interest"? Public interest is a very broad category.

Where do you want to live? Anything more specific than you wouldn't mind living in philly?

Where do you have ties?

(I don't think anyone can give you a good response without answers to these questions)

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Re: Decision time...

Postby 03152016 » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:44 pm

and you'll end up close to $170k at bu with that scholly, not $135k

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Re: Decision time...

Postby max_p » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:52 pm

I want to do healthcare law. Whether in the private or public sector I'm not sure. I used to live in the philly area and I would love to go back. I have lots of family there and it's a place I know I would be happy. I'm just apprehensive because nova is lower in the rankings.

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Re: Villanova, GW, BU, or BC

Postby DaRascal » Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:07 pm

Hmmmm let's consult the rankings. *searches for Villanova University*

Villanova... tied for 87th.. full ride
GW tied for 22nd- $10k/year
Boston University 26th- $20k/year
Boston College tied for 34th- $16k/year


I would personally try to get GW to match BU so that you can go up to 22, but I think Villanova might not be a bad idea because that could be a lot of debt for a T30.

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Re: Villanova, GW, BU, or BC

Postby adil91 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:49 pm

DaRascal wrote:Hmmmm let's consult the rankings. *searches for Villanova University*

Villanova... tied for 87th.. full ride
GW tied for 22nd- $10k/year
Boston University 26th- $20k/year
Boston College tied for 34th- $16k/year


I would personally try to get GW to match BU so that you can go up to 22, but I think Villanova might not be a bad idea because that could be a lot of debt for a T30.

Why do you think the rankings matter?

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Re: Villanova, GW, BU, or BC

Postby objctnyrhnr » Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:18 pm

DaRascal wrote:Hmmmm let's consult the rankings. *searches for Villanova University*

Villanova... tied for 87th.. full ride
GW tied for 22nd- $10k/year
Boston University 26th- $20k/year
Boston College tied for 34th- $16k/year


I would personally try to get GW to match BU so that you can go up to 22, but I think Villanova might not be a bad idea because that could be a lot of debt for a T30.


the notion of consulting these rankings in this way in this context is retarded.




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