@gougadawgs44 and @braves177, just think of it this way if you don't get in today, UGA's loss is Clemson's gain. Clemson is a great school. I just interviewed a kid who went there undergrad (then on to law school at Emory) and absolutely loved Clemson.
I don't think UGA is a better school academically, just harder to get into thanks to the Zell and Hope scholarship money.
@spinart, I would love to hear more about your daughter's study abroad experience. My son is a high school senior looking hard at Elon. I'm encouraging him to study abroad and would love to hear what your daughter thinks so far.
@MassDaD68: Very well said! I totally agree. Very few translatable social skills are developed at frat parties. And, if the life-of-the-party went on to law school, I would not place my "bet the farm" litigation in his hands for safekeeping!
I went to FSU. While there, it was voted the #1 party school in the nation. In my experience, the people who fared the worst in that environment were the ones who had been very sheltered, who had no prior experience with partying and then went wild once away from over-controlling parents or communities. They hadn't yet learned how to navigate a drinking scene (how and when to say no, when to head home and get some sleep, how to make sure you stay with your group and everyone gets home safely, etc.) and were thrown right into the deep end to learn how to swim. I knew two preacher's daughters who partied every night and flunked out after one year.
I had a great time at FSU, including being in a sorority, without doing very much drinking at all.
Also, I'm an attorney who has worked at BigLaw, and I have seen no correlation between being a successful attorney and being a "big partier." Most of the time, BigLaw is working too hard to do much partying. Having good social skills -- being able to make small talk, being charming, seeming confident -- will definitely help. Rainmakers do their smoozing over dinners or games of golf with in-house counsel. The closest thing to a "party" they go to is a charity ball or a very civilized dinner party. Frankly, most of the drinking I see in the legal world is done alone (to manage stress) and is very unhealthy.