yossarian71 wrote:ND and WUSTL both know they are in a bidding war, and neither one of them wants to be in it. Kyle is right, ND doesn't want to sell itself. Frankly, despite last year, I'm sure WUSTL doesn't either. They both want their schools to speak more loudly than their endowments.
I'm not trying to call anyone out as I feel similarly. It's hard to make a decision based on anything other than money when there are two schools with similar regional impacts who place similarly, offer excellent opportunities, and whose admission staffs have both been exceptionally welcoming.
But, I'm a little uncomfortable with all the talk on here about it. It's the school you are going to live at for three years and have on your resume (and your firm's
associate partner page) for life. Reducing the talk to money has to be so discouraging for these adcomms as they read through the thread. They offer a lot more than that.
By all means, we all need to make the best financial decision and secure the best offer we can. But, we could maybe stop sounding quite so entitled.
Again, no judgment. The people on ND and WUSTL threads are my favorite TLSers, and I care about the money too.
I definitely agree with you. It isn't all about money for me and I apologize if I gave off that impression. I am extremely debt averse. Like the thought of being 100k+ in debt is enough to make me vomit, debt averse. It's a huge factor for me. That being said, I would have never applied to ND if I had no true interest in it. It's an amazing University. I was born and raised Catholic, and there is something very comforting about returning to a Catholic school classroom after spending the last four years away at a public university. And as a college athlete, it's always been a dream to go to a school like ND. It's a great fit for me money aside. But we all have to be realistic here, and I know deep down that I would never be able to afford a school like ND (or any school for that matter - I probably wouldn't even go to Harvard for six figure debt) if I didn't receive a decent scholarship.