Stan wrote:I am considering Wash U and I’m hoping that people on this thread can convince me into it, especially people who thought about equally/higher ranked schools. What made you choose Wash U and what was the tipping point? Do you really think that it will be hard to find a job outside of the Midwest after school? What do you think about the prestige issue? PM me if you like, but I would love to hear your perspective. Thanks.
In my case, I had two choices I considered viable (WUSTL and W&L), so my decision was largely comparative. My less-appealing options were UMD and Houston, which would have cost the same as the Washingtons after scholarship money. I really loved the atmosphere and friendliness of W&L and it was very difficult to turn them down, but I ultimately decided WUSTL was the sounder choice. They seem to have some similar advantages in terms of low student-faculty ratio, etc, but are also less isolated, on the rise, and fare better in most job market statistics. They're strongest in the Midwest, but I get the impression if you come from the East Coast like me, it's not too hard to get back there.