poiuy wrote:I was just accepted to Iowa about a week ago, and its definitely one of my top considerations. Anyone have any opinion as to why it ranks so high while having LSAT #'s a bit lower than similarly ranked schools (or maybe the question should be why it has relatively lower #'s when its such a highly ranked school).
Also, People have probably noticed a little bit of a recent "slide" in the US News rankings. Anyone think this something to worry about or if its likely to continue. With limited data, and lack of drastic movement in ranking its hard to speculate....and I'm not going to worry about the school being like 29th when I graduate when it was 27th when I started. I just want to know if there are any factors I should watch out for that I may not have in mind that may make the future "ranking" or general reputation a concern. I do plan to visit Iowa soon though; I think my expectations are going to be pretty high.
Some info behind their ranking:
1) their GPA is comparatively high, although LSAT low
2) their reputation score is higher than similarly ranked schools
Some things that may lead to a decline in the rankings/concern for the future:
1) some problems with their endowment which are preventing them from being able to pay top profs to stay there/attract new blood which could lead to comparatively lower reputation score
2) 50% in-state requirement: as younger people leave the state, they have less and less in-state applicants applying and overall in-state applicant pool is getting weaker, meaning they can't attract the best quality (highest LSAT/GPA) applicants.