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Princeton vs Yale vs USC full tuition

mammamia123mammamia123 9 replies6 threads Junior Member
edited July 9 in Princeton University
I've had the honor of being admitted to these 3 universities and was wondering if anyone could provide input as to what their experiences have been at these institutions or what they would do in my shoes. I want to study politics/public policy and Russian. Princeton and Yale did not give me enough financial aid, and I am still working on appealing to see, but USC gave me a full ride. I plan on going to law school after college and know that Yale and Pton are feeder schools into the law school I want to go to.

Any thoughts?
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  • daunt18daunt18 155 replies7 threads Junior Member
    edited March 28
    Appeal and see what happens - Pton and Yale could very well match your desired cost.
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  • sgopal2sgopal2 3862 replies52 threads Senior Member
    Law school admissions are highly dependent upon GPA and LSAT score. So of these 3 schools, where do you think you can get the highest GPA?
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  • PAdudePAdude 100 replies1 threads Junior Member
    By USC do you mean Southern California or South Carolina?
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  • mammamia123mammamia123 9 replies6 threads Junior Member
    University of Southern California
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  • Gojira02Gojira02 2 replies1 threads New Member
    Congrats on your acceptances!! I am in a scarily similar dilemma—currently deciding between Princeton, Yale, and Rice. I have top law school aspirations as well. On one hand, Princeton has the Bridge Year program and the top mathematics department (I'm considering a math major). On the other hand, Yale has its law school, prospects of a higher GPA, and a more easygoing atmosphere.
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  • PAdudePAdude 100 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Son also deciding between Princeton and Yale (waitlisted at Harvard) . Waiting aid decision from Princeton, if aid available likely will be Princeton if not the suspect it will be Yale. Both great, and although Princeton is " ranked#1" there is just something about Yale..
    Also cross-admits between Princeton and Yale seem to choose Yale 73% of time based on data I found..that is pretty substantial # ..hard to say why one individuals personal reason is to choose one over other but nevertheless 70% find a reason to choose Yale..good luck with decision..can't go wrong either way
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  • mamaedefamiliamamaedefamilia 3740 replies24 threads Senior Member
    @mammamia Merit and financial aid awards for top law schools are rather difficult to obtain. Take the free ride (congrats!) and avoid debt for your undergraduate degree. USC is a great school! A strong GPA and LSAT score will take you far.
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  • PublisherPublisher 11376 replies152 threads Senior Member
    I disagree with the statement that merit scholarship money & financial aid are difficult to obtain at top 14 law schools.

    Harvard, Yale & Stanford award need based aid--the tough part is getting admitted.

    Chicago, Columbia, Penn, Northwestern, Georgetown all offer merit money. In the very recent past, Northwestern University School of Law awarded every student admitted ED a full or near full tuition scholarship. I have not checked the last couple of cycles to see if this is still accurate, however.
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  • PublisherPublisher 11376 replies152 threads Senior Member
    OP: If you cannot afford to attend Princeton or Yale, then the decision seems clear.
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  • coolguy40coolguy40 2910 replies8 threads Senior Member
    Sounds like the decision is a no-brainer. If USC is offering a full ride, you'll have a big advantage entering law school debt free. Law school is atrociously expensive, so you REALLY need to keep the debt down. New lawyers don't start out making a lot of money.
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  • mammamia123mammamia123 9 replies6 threads Junior Member
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  • mammamia123mammamia123 9 replies6 threads Junior Member
    Gojira02 wrote: »
    Congrats on your acceptances!! I am in a scarily similar dilemma—currently deciding between Princeton, Yale, and Rice. I have top law school aspirations as well. On one hand, Princeton has the Bridge Year program and the top mathematics department (I'm considering a math major). On the other hand, Yale has its law school, prospects of a higher GPA, and a more easygoing atmosphere.

    I understand that! I love Bridge Year, but for the moment I think they might have reservations doing it next year. My biggest set back with Pton is the grade deflation and the fact that you can’t double major. I’ve heard Rice has a strong community and alumni are very close. How’s financial aid for all of these?
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  • mammamia123mammamia123 9 replies6 threads Junior Member
    How true is it that the Ivies open up doors that USC won’t due to the alumni network and prestige?
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  • PublisherPublisher 11376 replies152 threads Senior Member
    It would be helpful to know the actual annual COA for each school.

    Princeton & Yale degrees & connections open doors that USC doesn't.
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  • jazziscooljazziscool 160 replies1 threads Junior Member
    A full ride to USC!?!? Wow congrats! Even if you get some amount of aid from Yale and Princeton, I would still go with USC. A full ride will definitely help you in the long run, and it is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Not to mention it is USC, one of the top schools in the nation, and they are also a feeder to a lot of great Law schools. If I were you, I would definitely go with USC. Had you not gotten a full ride, I would have said otherwise.
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  • arbitrary99arbitrary99 174 replies5 threads Junior Member
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    @mammamia123

    First, congrats on your choices. You have obviously worked hard.

    Second, there are no “feeders” into the top law schools. I went to a HYS law school and the class was very diverse. Do not let that misconception affect your decision.

    Third, think carefully about law school in the future. Talk to graduates about how they feel about their careers post that. I think law school is very intellectually interesting and definitely worthwhile if you don’t debt finance it but not a career I would recommend without serious due diligence. Unfortunately the debt load makes many stay in the career even if they aren’t that happy, and too many aren’t . (Full disclosure: I’m not nor ever was a lawyer nor even took the bar).
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  • Bill MarshBill Marsh 505 replies5 threads Member
    I've had the honor of being admitted to these 3 universities and was wondering if anyone could provide input as to what their experiences have been at these institutions or what they would do in my shoes. I want to study politics/public policy and Russian. Princeton and Yale did not give me enough financial aid, and I am still working on appealing to see, but USC gave me a full ride. I plan on going to law school after college and know that Yale and Pton are feeder schools into the law school I want to go to.

    Any thoughts?

    I’m surprised. Don’t Yale and Princeton claim to meet 100% of demonstrated need?
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  • Bill MarshBill Marsh 505 replies5 threads Member
    I agree with @arbitrary99.

    Half of the high schoo students who state an intended college major change their mind by the time they commit to a major 2 -3 years later.

    A large number of law school graduates I know either never worked as a lawyer or quit the practice a few years into it. A whole bunch of others are miserable in their jobs. A friend of mine who is a career counselor in private practice tells me that half her clients are lawyers looking to make a career change.

    I would never turn down a Yale or Princeton education if I could get it for only a reasonable amount of debt (TBD by each individual) in favor of a USC education even if it’s for free. Factoring in law school debt is getting way ahead of ourselves.
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  • AboutTheSameAboutTheSame 3181 replies48 threads Senior Member
    Only slightly off topic: My financial advisor [a law school grad] often tells me that I'm the only lawyer he knows who loves his job.
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  • Waiting2exhaleWaiting2exhale 3087 replies18 threads Senior Member
    @Bill Marsh: "I’m surprised. Don’t Yale and Princeton claim to meet 100% of demonstrated need?"

    The institution's determination of demonstrated need does not have to line up with what the family (has determined it) can pay.
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