GregMmm wrote:Dean Pless,
I made a decision on the following question several weeks ago, but I think it would still be interesting for me and for people who are going to be in my position in several months to hear what you have to say--
Is there any reason to choose Illinois over WashU if I want to practice in the East Coast and I get similar money at both?
And-- your 2014 class profile is very impressive given your school's rank and reputation. You are obviously doing something right. What is Dean Bolin doing wrong? How would you play up a school's lay prestige and higher ranking differently? With respect to admission policies, would you accept more reverse splitters and less "regular" splitters? With respect to your job prospects, would you like to get a phone call with a job offer from Kent Syverud? I would like you to get that phone call...
(Not too difficult to guess where I ended up probably haha)
First, the East Coast issue. I tried looking at data for where WUSTL's grads are going, but the data on the website is for the class of '08. Given that is pre-ITE I don't know that information is relevant to your questions. After Chicago, our most popular markets have been DC and NYC. In the Class of 2010 we had about 9% of the class go to the East Coast and about 9% go to the West Coast. Self selection plays a role there as well.
As to the admissions issues, I am pretty sure WUSTL brought in a great class this year as well. They do that every year, and have done so for as long as Dean Bolin has been there, even before Dean Syverud took over. We have a smaller class and that certainly helps and we both spend a ton of money on recruiting the very best students possible.
As for the hypothetical phone call, I am a graduate of Illinois and I have a very deep and very personal tie to Illinois. I am not sure that I would be as effective at another school. Plus, I am a public school kind of guy. WUSTL is a beautiful school (I have never been on another campus that smelled like a golf course before) but I am pretty happy here.
I appreciate your interest in my career though. If I ever do start looking, I will be sure to use GregMmm as a reference.