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    UPenn vs. Michigan

    I just want a little bit of reassurance from all of you...

    I'm a Michigan/Ann Arbor resident, leaning towards concentrating on Urban Design or Transportation. Is there any reason I should pick UPenn over Michigan? In-state tuition (40k total) vs. 80k in debt at Penn? I've read enough of the threads about "name/ivy league/prestige" to realize UPenn probably isn't worth it... but is it worth it?

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    Im wondering the exact same thing, just U Penn vs Ohio State...

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    Quote Originally posted by coryweaver View post
    I just want a little bit of reassurance from all of you...

    I'm a Michigan/Ann Arbor resident, leaning towards concentrating on Urban Design or Transportation. Is there any reason I should pick UPenn over Michigan? In-state tuition (40k total) vs. 80k in debt at Penn? I've read enough of the threads about "name/ivy league/prestige" to realize UPenn probably isn't worth it... but is it worth it?
    haha I thought you were turning Penn down?

    I'm going through the same thought process..

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    Actually, now that I think about it, when I met with the chair of the planning department at one of our local universities, he asked me where I was thinking of applying. I told him Harvard and U Penn, to which he replied: "Why? Go to a Big Ten school where you can get the same education for a fraction of the cost."

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    As a 2002 MUP grad from Michigan, I think UM is a great "deal" when compared to double cost at an Ivy instutition.

    You have access to one of the largest research library systems in the country, a very reputable and well-known faculty, access to one of the best planning/urban desgin/community development laboratories (although never say that in public in Detroit) and national reputation once you get the degree.

    UPenn is great, as is Philly, but I wouldn't waste the money.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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    That's what I wanted to hear!

    Dear UPenn,

    No thanks.

    Love,
    Cory

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    Sounds like you made your decision. Maybe Penn will give you a leg up for that first job, but its not like UM is some crap school and you won't be fine in the long run, especially with much less debt.

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