There's a similar thread on the same topic at thegradcafe.com, but I want as much input as I can get.
UCincinnati is offering me full tuition plus stipend, but they want a decision on the fellowship by tomorrow, and admission by the 31st.
I know that the Council of Graduate Schools agreement says no school can pressure an applicant to decide by April 15th, but I don't want this to turn into some huge fiasco as they seem pretty adamant on wanting a decision by said dates.
I'm still waiting to hear about funding from Rutgers, and decisions from Berkeley and USC.
So, my question is, since I legally have the right to withdraw an acceptance until April 15th, would you recommend just accepting Cincinnati's offer, wait and see what I get from other schools, and if they make similar or better offers, to back out of my agreement with Cincy? What do you think are the potential consequences of doing so?