theramblingfool wrote:That makes a lot of sense. I'm not just concerned with prestige and what that will do for me, though. I am more interested in the actual substance. I want to make the decision that will benefit me the most in terms of strengthening my mind.
As this is all uncharted territory for me, I don't know if UChicago and Northwestern vary to any significant degree in this regard.
They probably do, to a certain extent. UChi is going to attract more academically minded people, and NU is going to attract more business oriented people. But I don't think the difference is sufficient to justify paying much money for.
UChi is worth paying for over NU if you want fed clerk, non-Chicago big law, or entry level positions for which prestige is very important.*
*Note: this is based on off the top of my head recollections, I don't have the data in front of me.