arism87 wrote:What are thoughts on Chicago (with $30K) vs. UVA/Duke/Michigan (with about $60K)?
Total costs (judging each school's cost of attendance without looking into how they break down) would be like $30-40K more expensive at Chicago than the rest.
I don't know what to think of it..
If you like chicago (city and school) and want to go there and think you will be happy there, then i don't see 30-40k as significant enough amount to go to a lesser school that you would not be as happy with. I'll let others chime in on the relative merits of the schools, but i personally would be unhappy if i feel that i settled for a school that i liked less because of 30-40k. (look at it this way, it's only half a year's salary of a government job, not even biglaw)