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So I have spent two months trying to decide on where to go to school. I've already eliminated some schools, and now it's down to Johns Hopkins (Applied Math & Statistics) or George Washington (Statistics). The deadline to decide is a little under 3 hours from now.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

George Washington:

-Established first Statistics department in Arts & Sciences

-Has biostatistics center with many research opportunities

-Many job opportunities in DC area (government & private)

-Foggy Bottom is a nice campus

-Faculty with many affiliations in the area

-Half of Masters students are Part-Time

-Approximately 20-25 Masters Students

-Would live in Northern VA and take the metro into campus

-Ranked #48

-$19,000/year

Johns Hopkins:

-One of the best biostatistics departments in the country

-Kind of hard to find research opportunities, competitive

-Only 3-4 Master's students per year

-Both applied math & statistics, lots of courses to choose from

-Good faculty/professors

-Baltimore (right outside of the Hopkins bubble) is not as good of a city

-Living on campus is kind of pricey, walk through Baltimore to class

-Ranked #5 (biostats), #24 (math), #25 (engineering)

-$50,000 per year

No offer of funding from either place.

So is the extra $30,000/year worth the brand name?

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So I have spent two months trying to decide on where to go to school. I've already eliminated some schools, and now it's down to Johns Hopkins (Applied Math & Statistics) or George Washington (Statistics). The deadline to decide is a little under 3 hours from now.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

George Washington:

-Established first Statistics department in Arts & Sciences

-Has biostatistics center with many research opportunities

-Many job opportunities in DC area (government & private)

-Foggy Bottom is a nice campus

-Faculty with many affiliations in the area

-Half of Masters students are Part-Time

-Approximately 20-25 Masters Students

-Would live in Northern VA and take the metro into campus

-Ranked #48

-$19,000/year

Johns Hopkins:

-One of the best biostatistics departments in the country

-Kind of hard to find research opportunities, competitive

-Only 3-4 Master's students per year

-Both applied math & statistics, lots of courses to choose from

-Good faculty/professors

-Baltimore (right outside of the Hopkins bubble) is not as good of a city

-Living on campus is kind of pricey, walk through Baltimore to class

-Ranked #5 (biostats), #24 (math), #25 (engineering)

-$50,000 per year

No offer of funding from either place.

So is the extra $30,000/year worth the brand name?

Both schools are good, but if you have the chance to go to Hopkins, I would do it. Money should not be deciding factor if you can avoid it. Also, Baltimore is still very close to DC. Many folks even commute from DC suburbs to JHU. GW may be less tuition, but your cost of living will also be higher. Go Hopkins...

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