jprufrock Posted February 10, 2011 Share Posted February 10, 2011 (edited) So let's play hypothetical and ask a fundamental question without naming schools etc. This way, the thread will apply to everyone. Let's define money as the end result of financial offers after accounting for cost of living, etc. Let's define ranking and prestige as just that--how widely recognized and renowned a potential grad school is in your specific field. And for the sake of the thread, let's leave out questions of "fit" or "location" or any other variables that obviously have a significant impact. Just money vs. ranking. Let's also say that "more money" doesn't mean the other school will force you to live an impoverished lifestyle, just a lackluster one. Let's say that you'll be fully funded at both, regardless, and won't have to accrue any debt. Which one do you choose and why? <---probably a good idea to state your field, too. Do you go with more money because this economy is terrible (though getting better) and even if you graduate, a job might not come easily? Do you go with more money because it will make grad school that much easier, that much more comfortable? Do you go with higher ranking because it might lead to higher wealth in the long term? Is higher wealth in the long term a reality, or will having more money in the present make that more attainable? Will your higher ranking school make you more competitive for a job once you graduate? How much, if at all? Cite evidence or relay anecdotes, if possible. I'm sure this has been discussed before, but I searched 5 pages back and didn't find a satisfactory thread. Things are economically different here in 2011, as well. Edited February 10, 2011 by jprufrock Strangefox 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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