NayBoer wrote:Why does UIUC need a thread like this? What differentiates it from other T30 schools in the Midwest like Iowa, IUB, Minn, and Notre Dame (or for that matter OSU and Wisco) that it needs special negative treatment?
Because UIUC sucks. Duh. Seriously- I wasn't about to start a thread for every shitty school (ITE) that people are all joyously exited to pay money to attend. People can read this thread and get the general gist of the fact that if UIUC isn't worth attending short of a free ride ITE, then obviously schools like Iowa of OSU aren't either. (Even a free ride w/o a living stipend means taking out around $50K in debt just to cover cost of living, insurance, etc. and taking out much more then that right now without even knowing if you will be mopping floors at a denny's when you graduate isn't exactly a good plan.)
NayBoer wrote:Also, the whole "I'm bumping this thread so I can demean the choices other people make" is pretty silly.
As a random, anonymous person on the Internet, you have no credibility or reputation with me; so I can't take your word for it that UIUC is (a) a poor investment or (b) worse than it used to be. If you want people to believe you, cite some objective evidence. If you already have ITT or elsewhere on TLS, please point me in the right direction.
It sounds like you have already made up your decision that going to a t25 and taking out probably $90K+ in loans total is a good idea. Not sure why I would even bother to try to tell you it isn't. But if you simply uncover your ears you would easily notice that it is much, much poorer decision then it used to be (do you seriously think that 1/3 of UIUC made it into biglaw this year like they did in the past?). Here's a thread worth reading: viewtopic.php?f=23&t=99590. I think the last couple posts are right on the money.