MacB wrote:I am literally in the EXACT same position as a few of you folks. I attended the Jan admitted students weekend and fell in love w/ DC and Georgetown really made a good impression as well. At that point I had been admitted to 7 schools ranked better than Gtown, with big money at a few, and I still would have gladly put my seat deposit down at Gtown. I just kept thinking in the back of my mind... "I hope they make it an easy decision when scholarship offers come out." Needless to say, they didn't, and now all of the good will that they created during my visit has just turned to disappointment and resentment over their stupid/opaque/seemingly arbitrary method of awarding merit aid. It seems like a lot of other really qualified (probably over-qualified) applicants have had the same reaction to this whole mess as well, and I can't help but see it as a HUGE misstep on Georgetown's part. If their goal was to disqualify applicants who wouldn't actually attend if offered money, then at least in my case, I know they made a mistake.
As I said earlier in this thread, I would be a fool to pay for a professional education from people who themselves behave so unprofessionally.
The same thing happened to me. I visited GULC for a conference and absolutely loved it. I would have gladly chosen it over several higher ranked schools if they could have matched financial aid, or even just sold me on their ability to get me to a job that would pay off my debt. Unfortunately, the whole financial aid process and general tenor of communication has been very off-putting (and my cycle went much better than expected, so in the end I wouldn't have gone anyway).
FWIW I had an alumni interview with a recent grad who was near the top of his class, got an A3 clerkship, and went into V10 biglaw - basically one of their shining stars. When I asked about job prospects and financial aid, he hesitated. In the end he all but recommended that I go to a peer school.
I still think that it has a lot going for it in terms of faculty, location, and lay prestige, but they are really teetering with their response to the new economy and the drop in applications. I'm not sure what the answer is - cut the class size, tap their large alumni base, use ED + full ride to lock in committed applicants with high numbers like NU & GW... they need to step it up though.