Transfer to WUSTL or UIUC?

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WUSTL or UIUC?

WUSTL
8
57%
UIUC
6
43%
 
Total votes: 14

specialblend35
Posts: 50
Joined: Wed Mar 02, 2011 2:38 pm

Transfer to WUSTL or UIUC?

Postby specialblend35 » Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:29 pm

I'm looking to transfer into either WUSTL or UIUC. Collective TLS wisdom suggests these are the definition of peer schools, however I'm wondering if one or the other is the more sensible choice, based on the following factors:

    - I was born and raised in Chicago. I love the city dearly, however the main reason I am transferring is because I want a school that provides the most options geographically. I would have been basically stuck in Chicago at my T2.
    - Looking for strong International Law program.
    - Possibility that I will pursue a MPP or MA in International Relations after graduating, hopefully at a top school (e.g. John's Hopkins, Georgetown, Michigan).
    - Looking at only Public Interest / Government jobs... I have absolutely zero interest in Biglaw. My dream is to eventually join the Foreign Service/USAID.
    - Eligible for in-state tuition at UIUC, which translates into 20k savings overall (though I'm looking at at least 130k+ overall UG + LS debt).
    - My girlfriend is in school at UIUC currently, and we would have to do long-distance for at least two semesters if I chose WUSTL.
    - I get a better feeling from WUSTL as a school, but a better feel from Champaign Urbana as a city. That said, I could see myself living in STL after graduation, but not vise versa.

Anyways, I'm super torn between the two. I'd be interested in hearing others' thoughts on the choice I'm facing. Thanks in advance. :)

specialblend35
Posts: 50
Joined: Wed Mar 02, 2011 2:38 pm

Re: Transfer to WUSTL or UIUC?

Postby specialblend35 » Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:28 pm

bump

boilerplated
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Re: Transfer to WUSTL or UIUC?

Postby boilerplated » Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:33 pm

WashU has much wider recognition, but saving $20K and being with your girlfriend at a good school in a place you know you enjoy is a good package. Sounds like you'd be happier at Illinois.

specialblend35
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Joined: Wed Mar 02, 2011 2:38 pm

Re: Transfer to WUSTL or UIUC?

Postby specialblend35 » Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:14 pm

Yea, she's really the "x-factor," although I've promised to try to factor her out of the decision to the extent that's possible.




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