University of San Diego c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-13 cycle)

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Re: University of San Diego c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-13 cycle)

Postby onionskin » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:52 pm

congrats on reaching a decision. I'm still stuck in purgatory with another WL offer.

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Re: University of San Diego c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-13 cycle)

Postby mewalke1 » Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:13 am

Jeebs wrote:For those who went to last weeks ASD, any thoughts?

Anyone here going to Thursday's event?



I went. I thought their presentations were well put together for the most part. They seemed pretty honest which is a big deal to me since every school is trying to tell you they are the greatest school ever. Nice campus. The clinic presentation was boring and a lot of people left after lunch.

The mock class felt like the type of class everyone wants at law school...the teacher was funny and had the class involved. He def looked like a lawyer Nice suit slicked back black hair. Im sure he is some sort of all star teacher. My tour guide said he tried to get into his class that morning but his computer froze and by the time he got it restarted the prof class was full.

They tried to sell SD and the weather which got annoying after a while. Yes we know you have good weather. Geez.

I dont get the boner for San Diego most people do. Its a nice enough city but it doesn't do much for me. It seems people like SD almost because it makes you an outcast if you say you don't like it (like saying you didn't like the avengers movie)


Expensive. $45k a year tuition. $69k cost of attendance. thats absurdly expensive.

Overall I would say it felt like a place I could be happy going to school but the cost and cost of living in SD is a little to much for me. Im married and have a baby on the way so cost and scholarship etc are huge for me.

Probably still gonna put a deposit down though because I am waitlisted at my top couple of choices.

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Re: University of San Diego c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-13 cycle)

Postby mewalke1 » Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:15 am

onionskin wrote:congrats on reaching a decision. I'm still stuck in purgatory with another WL offer.


I just got another WL offer to....on April 17th. What the hell people.

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Re: University of San Diego c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-13 cycle)

Postby laytay » Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:25 am

mewalke1 wrote:
Jeebs wrote:For those who went to last weeks ASD, any thoughts?

Anyone here going to Thursday's event?



Overall I would say it felt like a place I could be happy going to school but the cost and cost of living in SD is a little to much for me. Im married and have a baby on the way so cost and scholarship etc are huge for me.



Cost and scholarship are huge for everyone! :wink: I'm not sure where else you are considering, but cost of living in SD is LOW compared to LA and SF, just want to point that out......cost of living low and quality of life high, at least compared to my other options.....now if you're considering Kansas or something, then I'm sure its cheaper. But you can get really nice big apartments close to the ocean in nice areas on the CHEAP in SD. Thats one thing I love about it....... 8) 8) 8)

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Re: University of San Diego c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-13 cycle)

Postby well.let's.see » Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:02 pm

laytay wrote:
mewalke1 wrote:
Jeebs wrote:For those who went to last weeks ASD, any thoughts?

Anyone here going to Thursday's event?



Overall I would say it felt like a place I could be happy going to school but the cost and cost of living in SD is a little to much for me. Im married and have a baby on the way so cost and scholarship etc are huge for me.



Cost and scholarship are huge for everyone! :wink: I'm not sure where else you are considering, but cost of living in SD is LOW compared to LA and SF, just want to point that out......cost of living low and quality of life high, at least compared to my other options.....now if you're considering Kansas or something, then I'm sure its cheaper. But you can get really nice big apartments close to the ocean in nice areas on the CHEAP in SD. Thats one thing I love about it....... 8) 8) 8)


Really nice, big apartments close to the ocean, for cheap.
- False

COL is LOW compared to LA and SF.
- False

Kansas is cheaper.
- Fact

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Re: University of San Diego c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-13 cycle)

Postby mewalke1 » Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:22 pm

well.let's.see wrote:
laytay wrote:
mewalke1 wrote:
Jeebs wrote:For those who went to last weeks ASD, any thoughts?

Anyone here going to Thursday's event?



Overall I would say it felt like a place I could be happy going to school but the cost and cost of living in SD is a little to much for me. Im married and have a baby on the way so cost and scholarship etc are huge for me.



Cost and scholarship are huge for everyone! :wink: I'm not sure where else you are considering, but cost of living in SD is LOW compared to LA and SF, just want to point that out......cost of living low and quality of life high, at least compared to my other options.....now if you're considering Kansas or something, then I'm sure its cheaper. But you can get really nice big apartments close to the ocean in nice areas on the CHEAP in SD. Thats one thing I love about it....... 8) 8) 8)


Really nice, big apartments close to the ocean, for cheap.
- False

COL is LOW compared to LA and SF.
- False

Kansas is cheaper.
- Fact


Yea one of the students on the student panel says he has a 2 bedroom house that was built in the 70's and it cost him $1750 a month. That is not cheap at all.
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Re: University of San Diego c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-13 cycle)

Postby mewalke1 » Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:26 pm

laytay wrote:
mewalke1 wrote:
Jeebs wrote:For those who went to last weeks ASD, any thoughts?

Anyone here going to Thursday's event?



Overall I would say it felt like a place I could be happy going to school but the cost and cost of living in SD is a little to much for me. Im married and have a baby on the way so cost and scholarship etc are huge for me.



Cost and scholarship are huge for everyone! :wink: I'm not sure where else you are considering, but cost of living in SD is LOW compared to LA and SF, just want to point that out......cost of living low and quality of life high, at least compared to my other options.....now if you're considering Kansas or something, then I'm sure its cheaper. But you can get really nice big apartments close to the ocean in nice areas on the CHEAP in SD. Thats one thing I love about it....... 8) 8) 8)




Quality of living is dependent on the person. Some people like mountains, some beaches, some like urban living while some want more space. Like I said in my post I think SD is nice but not amazing......just my opinion.


In fact one of them most memeraoble things from my visit to SD was seeing a homeless guy getting a blowjob from a prostitute on the side of the road.

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Re: University of San Diego c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-13 cycle)

Postby Jeebs » Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:51 pm

mewalke1 wrote:
laytay wrote:
mewalke1 wrote:
Jeebs wrote:For those who went to last weeks ASD, any thoughts?

Anyone here going to Thursday's event?



Overall I would say it felt like a place I could be happy going to school but the cost and cost of living in SD is a little to much for me. Im married and have a baby on the way so cost and scholarship etc are huge for me.



Cost and scholarship are huge for everyone! :wink: I'm not sure where else you are considering, but cost of living in SD is LOW compared to LA and SF, just want to point that out......cost of living low and quality of life high, at least compared to my other options.....now if you're considering Kansas or something, then I'm sure its cheaper. But you can get really nice big apartments close to the ocean in nice areas on the CHEAP in SD. Thats one thing I love about it....... 8) 8) 8)




Quality of living is dependent on the person. Some people like mountains, some beaches, some like urban living while some want more space. Like I said in my post I think SD is nice but not amazing......just my opinion.


In fact one of them most memeraoble things from my visit to SD was seeing a homeless guy getting a blowjob from a prostitute on the side of the road.


Interesting opinion on the city, particularly the weather. Normally people from the Phoenix area can't be silenced when it comes to talking about the SD weather - especially when compared to the furnace that they come from. I'm not sure what part of the city you were in that you got your show, but that is something that can be found in every major metropolitan area.

It is true that SD is not synonymous with cheap living. The comment about cheap + big + beach proximity + cheap seems particularly confusing. Calling it low compared to LA or SF is really leaving much out of the equation. There are parts of both that are far more expensive but there are also areas of SD that are pricier than LA and SF. Either way, none of the three are really cheap like Phoenix or Kansas.

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Re: University of San Diego c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-13 cycle)

Postby whsy » Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:20 pm

mewalke1 wrote:
laytay wrote:
mewalke1 wrote:
Jeebs wrote:For those who went to last weeks ASD, any thoughts?

Anyone here going to Thursday's event?



Overall I would say it felt like a place I could be happy going to school but the cost and cost of living in SD is a little to much for me. Im married and have a baby on the way so cost and scholarship etc are huge for me.



Cost and scholarship are huge for everyone! :wink: I'm not sure where else you are considering, but cost of living in SD is LOW compared to LA and SF, just want to point that out......cost of living low and quality of life high, at least compared to my other options.....now if you're considering Kansas or something, then I'm sure its cheaper. But you can get really nice big apartments close to the ocean in nice areas on the CHEAP in SD. Thats one thing I love about it....... 8) 8) 8)




Quality of living is dependent on the person. Some people like mountains, some beaches, some like urban living while some want more space. Like I said in my post I think SD is nice but not amazing......just my opinion.


In fact one of them most memeraoble things from my visit to SD was seeing a homeless guy getting a blowjob from a prostitute on the side of the road.


Lived in LA. OC, and SD, def wouldn't call SD cheap . I actually think overall, cost of living in sd is comparable to LA and Orange County. Although, I agree with laytay, overall quality of life is better in san diego.. traffic in LA alone will be the death of me..

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Re: University of San Diego c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-13 cycle)

Postby laytay » Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:59 am

Overall I would say it felt like a place I could be happy going to school but the cost and cost of living in SD is a little to much for me. Im married and have a baby on the way so cost and scholarship etc are huge for me.

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Cost and scholarship are huge for everyone! :wink: I'm not sure where else you are considering, but cost of living in SD is LOW compared to LA and SF, just want to point that out......cost of living low and quality of life high, at least compared to my other options.....now if you're considering Kansas or something, then I'm sure its cheaper. But you can get really nice big apartments close to the ocean in nice areas on the CHEAP in SD. Thats one thing I love about it....... 8) 8) 8)[/quote]



Quality of living is dependent on the person. Some people like mountains, some beaches, some like urban living while some want more space. Like I said in my post I think SD is nice but not amazing......just my opinion.


In fact one of them most memeraoble things from my visit to SD was seeing a homeless guy getting a blowjob from a prostitute on the side of the road.[/quote]

Lived in LA. OC, and SD, def wouldn't call SD cheap . I actually think overall, cost of living in sd is comparable to LA and Orange County. Although, I agree with laytay, overall quality of life is better in san diego.. traffic in LA alone will be the death of me..[/quote]

Hmm...well.....I used to (as of Jan 2012) live in 2 bedroom apartment 2ish miles from the ocean in La Jolla for $1600/month, complete with full gym comparable to a 24 hour fitness, yoga/pilates classes included, 3 pool/spa/bbq areas, playground for kids, lots of grassy areas for my doggie, right next to a park and dog park that I walked to every morning....In LA now I pay $1700 for a 1 bedroom thats almost 1/2 the size in "the valley" by Studio City...IMHO crappy area, nice, gated apartment complex though....complete with 24 hour security guards and frankly I still don't feel totally safe here. I rarely walk outside the gated area. I takes me an hour each way to get to my job thats 10 miles away. Yes, traffic is the death of me.

I guess I feel the way I do because I used to pay wayyyy less for my apartment and life was so much easier there. To live as close to the ocean as I used to I would be paying $3,000/month for a much more shitty apartment....and thats why I live in the Valley (part of the reason). While I love my job here, I for sure miss living in SD and in the research I did, maintaining the standard of living I'm used to would cost me about 2x as much in LA...if not more. I guess it all depends on what's important to you.

And where the hell in SD were you to see a bum getting a BJ? He must be a rich bum.....although I hear they can make bank considering all their money is tax free.

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Re: University of San Diego c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-13 cycle)

Postby mewalke1 » Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:25 pm

Interesting opinion on the city, particularly the weather. Normally people from the Phoenix area can't be silenced when it comes to talking about the SD weather - especially when compared to the furnace that they come from. I'm not sure what part of the city you were in that you got your show, but that is something that can be found in every major metropolitan area.

It is true that SD is not synonymous with cheap living. The comment about cheap + big + beach proximity + cheap seems particularly confusing. Calling it low compared to LA or SF is really leaving much out of the equation. There are parts of both that are far more expensive but there are also areas of SD that are pricier than LA and SF. Either way, none of the three are really cheap like Phoenix or Kansas.



The weather is only bad about 3 months out of the year. June- Aug....its really bad but other than that the weather is great. today the high is 81 and its sunny and breezy. Perfect. Besides people get used to the weather they live in. No one isn't going to Harvard because the New England weather blows ass 9 months of the year.

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Postby mewalke1 » Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:28 pm

And where the hell in SD were you to see a bum getting a BJ? He must be a rich bum.....although I hear they can make bank considering all their money is tax free.



Shelter Island. Traffic man. I visit California every once in a while (disneyland etc) and even though Im only in town for a few days the traffic makes me so tired. Its freaking exhausting to drive in that shit. Not to mention the roads in California are horrid. But there are trade offs to living in every place.

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Re: University of San Diego c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-13 cycle)

Postby mewalke1 » Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:38 pm

It is true that SD is not synonymous with cheap living. The comment about cheap + big + beach proximity + cheap seems particularly confusing. Calling it low compared to LA or SF is really leaving much out of the equation. There are parts of both that are far more expensive but there are also areas of SD that are pricier than LA and SF. Either way, none of the three are really cheap like Phoenix or Kansas.


See I think thats backward. Arizona,Nevada,New Mexico Colorado,Texas all these place (from what I have looked at) cost about the same amount for housing. These places aren't cheap Cali is expensive. But the beach is a powerful motivator!


Very few places can expect a person to pay $600,000 for a 2 bedroom 2 bath.

Thats being said if I had unlimited funds I would defiantly get a house in Newport Beach.

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Re: University of San Diego c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-13 cycle)

Postby laytay » Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:56 pm

OK. Sorry, full disclosure....I've lived in LA, San Diego and have been doing a lot of research on living in SF while considering attending Hastings. San Diego is not "cheap" compared to most places in the country, certainly, just for what you can get/where you can get it in SD compared to LA/SF and even lots of places in OC, is in my small world, cheap. Renting nice/safe places is much cheaper in SD than SF or LA and also there are lots of really nice, affordable condos for sale in SD that you could never find in LA or SF for similar prices.

The *lower* cost of living plus the proximity of lots of places to the beach is definitely a big draw for me. For sure I'm more of a beach bum than a city dweller. 8)

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Re: University of San Diego c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-13 cycle)

Postby jseltzer » Fri May 10, 2013 1:05 am

the decision whether to head down the coast to san diego with a good financial offer or stay in the bay area and attend hastings with less money is proving to be a tough one. The idea of spending 3+ years in san diego spending all non library hours at the beach is just so tempting.

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Postby onionskin » Tue May 21, 2013 12:08 pm

Well it killed me to do it but I'm out. One seat and $32k up for grabs.

Happy waiting all.

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Postby lakers7 » Tue May 21, 2013 2:18 pm

jseltzer wrote:the decision whether to head down the coast to san diego with a good financial offer or stay in the bay area and attend hastings with less money is proving to be a tough one. The idea of spending 3+ years in san diego spending all non library hours at the beach is just so tempting.



But Hastings is so much better in the rankings......... Where do you want to live long term?

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Re: University of San Diego c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-13 cycle)

Postby Spartan_Alum_12 » Tue May 21, 2013 4:46 pm

I'm still on the waitlist but was wondering if there is a second seat deposit and when that is?

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Postby onionskin » Tue May 21, 2013 10:48 pm

There is it's June 1 iirc but since you are on the WL you will probably be asked pay a one-off deposit within two weeks of your acceptance.

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Postby Spartan_Alum_12 » Wed May 22, 2013 5:09 pm

onionskin wrote:There is it's June 1 iirc but since you are on the WL you will probably be asked pay a one-off deposit within two weeks of your acceptance.


Yeah, I understand that. This is more about knowing when/if they'll start pulling more people off the WL.

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Postby jseltzer » Wed May 22, 2013 5:20 pm

There is a second deposit due on june 1st. I actually received an email from USD today stating that they received word from LSAC that i've made multiple seat deposits (hastings) and to please inform them of my intentions. Assuming they will not significantly increase my merit aid, i'll be withdrawing soon.

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Postby onionskin » Wed May 22, 2013 10:51 pm

Final answer Hastings?

I wonder if Laytay heard from Davis

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Re: University of San Diego c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-13 cycle)

Postby jseltzer » Fri May 24, 2013 9:53 pm

Not quite final yet. I really do love the idea of spending 3 years in sunny san diego. I don't consider the different in rankings to be a substantial factor, but I've lived in the bay area most of my life so the transition would be simple at hastings. Just sent USD a request for increased money and included a 14.5k grant from hastings, so we'll see.

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Re: University of San Diego c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-13 cycle)

Postby laytay » Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:14 pm

lakers7 wrote:
jseltzer wrote:the decision whether to head down the coast to san diego with a good financial offer or stay in the bay area and attend hastings with less money is proving to be a tough one. The idea of spending 3+ years in san diego spending all non library hours at the beach is just so tempting.



But Hastings is so much better in the rankings......... Where do you want to live long term?


Rankings change a LOT. USD was ranked 51 just a few years ago, and Hastings is what, 48 now? Rankings do not necessarily equal future success, last I looked USD employment stasticis were slighlty better than Hastings. Largely in part I'm sure because Hastings is SO large, they probably are placing more people total but a lower percentage. I ultimately chose USD over Hastings (still waiting on Davis....) because after visting both a few times, I realized the ONLY thing that I liked better about Hastings was that it was ranked higher. And the rankings are simply a moving target, of course all the schools want to be ranked well but they keep changing the criteria every year. They have to in order to stay relevant, no one would pay attention to rankings if they didnt fluctuacte each year. I refused to let a ranking list which could flip flop by this time next year decide the next 3 years of my life.




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