Xs20 wrote:I sent in an update/LOCI a few months ago, was waitlisted since November. Honestly I just can't justify paying $45,000 more to go to ND instead of WUSTL.
Sounds like we face a similar dilemma. I ended up chosing ND instead because:
A. in the long-term life of the loan, $45k won't be as consequential as it feels right now.
B. Smaller class size at ND = many benefits
C. I actually believe in the ND "brand" more than WUSTL and would prefer that lifelong association (also got a really got a good vibe from the visit compared to a meh visit from WUSTL)
D. Am not impressed by rankings difference on US News or what seems like inconsequential differences in employment numbers on LST (~4%).
E. From the midwest. ND>WUSTL in the market I'm interested in
Good points, thanks for your take on it. It's a tough call for sure. To be honest, at equal cost, I would probably take ND. But, for me, 120k vs. 75k is too big a difference to justify it.
A is more of a concern for me because of how I'll be financing law school. $45k feels pretty consequential to go to a school with, at best
, equal employment opportunities vis-a-vis my personal goals.
B is true, although WUSTL is shooting for around 200 this year, which isn't that far off ND's class size. At least, not enough so to be very significant, in my opinion.
C - Agreed that in the Midwest, ND seems to have a stronger name, at least in terms of lay prestige. This is really the only thing that draws me to ND over WUSTL, but it's just not worth that price to me. Also, the opposite is true for me regarding the school visits. I absolutely loved WUSTL, whereas ND was a pretty meh feel, although the campus was beautiful.
D - The LST numbers for the two are pretty similar, with an edge to WUSTL. But when you consider that WUSTL's graduating class size last year was over 60% bigger than ND's, and almost 40% bigger than this year's incoming class is expected to be, I think you could make the case that WUSTL's incoming class may have a better job outlook than this year's numbers suggest, compared to ND.
E - Personal preference, but yeah, I'm sure ND is stronger than WUSTL in certain markets, and vice versa. For the market I'm interested in, I'm not sure that either one has a considerable advantage.