Hi guys, I’ve narrowed my choices of admitted schools to the University of Washington and Washington State University. I can’t decide between the two, and while I know it will come down to my personal feelings, I would like some input.
My major is history and my minor is either going to be political science, international relations (only available at the UW), and/or Spanish.
My plans after college involve me going to law school. Currently, I am looking at NYU Law, Columbia Law, Duke Law, and UCLA Law.
I plan to make the most of my college experience academically. By this I mean I will be doing a lot of studying, challenging myself, aiming for excellent grades and LSAT scores, and being involved in extracurricular clubs such as debate or mock trail and community service based clubs. While I would like a campus with a strong student body, I care more about learning in college than having a “party scene.”
The University of Washington is one of the most respected schools in my state. It has highly qualified professors, a beautiful campus, and is in the heart of Seattle (meaning I will get a cultural experience as well as opportunities to many urban internships). A concern of mine is that I heard the professors are so intelligent that sometimes they aren’t the best teachers, and that they are more research-based. I do also fear that it is a large university and I may be lost in the crowd there, but I also feel it will be a challenging environment.
Washington State University, on the other hand, has a reputation of being a party school and is in the middle of nowhere. However, I have been named a Distinguished Regents Scholar there, meaning all of my tuition for the four years I will attend there is paid. Only ten students in the state are chosen each year for this award. I have also been awarded a few other smaller scholarships through the school as well as an independent $5,000 renewable scholarship I could use anywhere. This brings my net yearly cost to around $8,000 versus about $21,000 net yearly cost at the UW. The professors, financial aid office, and everyone I met when I visited were incredibly welcoming and kind to me. They appeared eager to have me be a part of their university. I am also a part of the Honors College here, and I am not currently an Honors student at the UW (I decided not to apply for some reason this year but intend to next year if I choose to go there). My concern here is that I will not be surrounded by as many academically-minded students and I will not be pushed as much.
Both schools have sent students to prestigious law schools, but the UW definitely has a bigger reputation of doing so. So what are your opinions? I can afford both schools, WSU would just be less burdensome on my family and myself as I enter law school. Should I go to the academically challenging urban school that may not give much attention to me? Or the less prestigious rural school that seems eager to have me?
Personally, I enjoyed both campuses, I just enjoy the location of the UW better. At the root of things though, I am concerned about my future. What would you do in my situation?