fredmerz wrote:As someone who seriously considered UCI, I think it is an absolutely brilliant program. Anyone going there will know the drawbacks (lack of an alumni network, a dull campus in a dull town) but having access to that kind of faculty is a wonderful opportunity. If they can keep it up I'd guess they'd be top 40 but who knows and, quite frankly, who cares. If you're seriously considering it after having visited and spoken with Chem, etc., I think you should have an appreciation of the what you can do there and after and whether or not it's the school for you.
there is nothing special about their faculty compared to other T-20 schools. That's not good enough of a reason to go there.