illini22 wrote:Current 1L here. I lived in this forum last year so wanted to share a few things on Illinois.
First, if you have time, read the student blogs:
I got accepted to many schools, many better ranked than Illinois, others similarly ranked with more money, I came here, and I do not regret it.
The one thing I can tell you (you probably already know this) is that Illinois is by far the most transparent school I know. A lot of the employment data out there for many schools is not reliable AT ALL. People said it many times but I never realized how important it really is, but LOCATION is key. If you want Chicago, unless you get into a top 10 school, U of I is likely your best choice. Half the people I know here where at the end deciding between here and Wash U. Unless you want St. Louis, or Wash U gave you more money or money is not really an issue, there isnt really a reason why to chose Wash U over Illinois.
I remember I always wanted to know about employment prospects. Well, it is very mix, people are still hearing back, but there is no clear line as to why some people get really good offers and some did not. I know people deep into the top 10% with nothing, others medium grades and 3+ offers. It really depends mostly on your job searching skills. What I can say is that career services is just freaking amazing, they know you by name, know what you want, and really do most of the work for you.
If you have any specific questions about choosing between two schools (I probably got into both of the schools you choosing from), send me a PM.