BYU Vs. NYU - Fin. Aid

<p>I am planning on majoring in Philosophy and then going into Law School thereafter. </p>

<p>BYU -
I live in Utah, both parents went, and I have already been offered a full ride to BYU. </p>

<p>NYU -
However, I am much more interested in NYU due to its prestige in both Philosophy and Law, plus I REALLY, REALLY want to get out of Utah. (IMO, its a hell hole) The city experience across the country is much more appealing to me than just staying at home and going where all my friends go. </p>

<p>My questions are:</p>

<li><p>Is it worth amassing the debt to go to NYU over BYU, considering the doors NYU might open and the job opportunities available?</p></li>
<li><p>Would an NYU undergraduate education make it easier to get into NYU graduate law school? Do they favor current students in the admittance process for Graduate school?</p></li>
<li><p>Or, am I better off staying in Utah, going to BYU for free? </p></li>


<p>I donot think it's good to study Philosophy in religion school...</p>

<p>It is not worth it to get into debt and go to NYU. There wont be any difference between the quality of education at BYU and NYU. </p>

<p>Check the wesbsites of Harvard, Yale and other good law schools, you will find that BYU is well represented. You can get to any grad school you want if you work hard enough at BYU.</p>

<p>The social atmosphere is really bad at BYU, but I don't think incurring a huge amount of debt (that can potentially limit your decisions for a very long time) to go to NYU is a wise decision. It is better to put up with 4 years of BYU and emerge debt free, than to go to NYU and limit yourselve for the rest of your life.</p>

<p>"I donot think it's good to study Philosophy in religion school..."</p>

<p>Another BIG concern of mine. I am afraid that by taking the "safe" route and going to BYU I'll be sacrificing a more quality and well rounded education.</p>

<p>Depends on how much you want to get out of Utah. I must agree with Tega ^^^ about doing well where ever you attend. It's performance at the undergraduate level + LSAT scores that primarily determines law school placement.</p>

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<p>Well, how much debt would you amass at NYU?</p>

<p>Well, </p>

<p>I've heard upwards of $50-60k a year to go to NYU, including living expenses. </p>

<p>I would get financial aid, but how much, I don't know. And my parents are both teachers so they aren't in a position to finance a lot. </p>

<p>I'm a high school junior, but I'm in a special program where I will graduate with an Associates degree from the University of Utah with about a 3.8. </p>

<p>So depending if and how many credits transfer to NYU, I might only need two years of undergrad study to pay for. Hopefully, (best case scenario) my credits transfer and earn a sizable scholarship because of my considerable college and advanced placement in high school.</p>

<p>Its really all up in the air. I don't need to decide now, but maybe some advice will put my mind at rest. Its the age old "should I take a risk and follow my dreams, or play it safe" conundrum.</p>

<p>Bump bump. :)</p>

<p>You are young and have no responsibilities to anyone but yourself. I would urge you to follow your dreams wherever they take you. If NYU is where you truly want to go, then you should. Yes, there will be a cost. What in life that is truly worthwhile doesn't cost? I think it's very fair to say that your life after graduation will be very different if you stay in Utah vs. NYC.</p>

<p>I wish good luck in your decision.</p>

<p>Question- why is it only a decision between these two schools? BYU is a great deal at the tuition that they charge (well, you don't even have to pay that), but I see your point about wanting to get away and only needing two years of credits. Why not apply to NYU and also to a number of schools known for giving out great financial aid, and then see what happens. For great financial aid, look at Rhodes College, Tulane, USC, Case Western, U Rochester. BU and GW both give out good aid as well.</p>

<p>I can no longer find the document - I think Harvard has taken it down from their website. But there used to be breakdown of all the Harvard Law School students according to their undergrad college, and BYU had an astonishlngly high number of graduates currently enrolled at Harvard Law - something like 30 or more, which put it well ahead of many more famous schools. I don't remember how many NYU had, but I bet it wasn't nearly that high.</p>

<p>If you want to be a lawyer you could do a lot worse than go to BYU for undergrad - and at the same time save yourself a lot of debt.</p>

<p>Follow your dreams. But, if aid is an issue, look at some LACs and other universities that guarantee to meet need. That way, you can save on costs and get out of Utah.</p>