Apparently our adcomm has created something called a Dean's Fellowship for this year. Here's a guide on determining its value IF you're still on the fence abt WUSTL.
1. Do you want to clerk? If yes...
2. Who is your faculty mentor?
That's it. The guaranteed full ride only adjusts for tuition increases which is a negligible boost from your likely original "full ride".
A guaranteed RA position is a joke because RA positions aren't hard to get. Are you above median? Are you capable of emailing your prof to ask? Does your prof need an RA? Congrats you just got an RA.
If your mentor is Lee Epstein, then the fellowship has value. If it's Konig, then demand right now that they change your mentor.
The fellowship should only influence your decision if it's valuable. The value is determined by the identity of your faculty mentor.
ETA: If you're already committed to WUSTL and just happened to get the Fellowship, then congrats
. This post is only relevant to 0L's who are still on the fence about attending