tmon wrote:Thanks illini. I may end up being one of those applicants choosing between UIUC and wustl. Given that you think employment wont be impacted too much by the numbers scandal, what do you think are the reasons for choosing Illinois over Wash U? I'd prefer and have ties to the Chicago market, which I know is rough right now for both schools, but do you think there's a good reason to choose one over the other?
If you can take out the scandal part (which long run will be completely forgotten), I would think carefully about your decision. Here are my two cents (I got into both schoools):
1) I liked the people at Illinois more than the people at Wash U when I visited
2) While I think that Wash U may have slightly more national reach, U of I does place better in Chicago.
3) I honestly liked Champaign more than St. Louis. Yes, St. Louis is an actual city, but it is no Chicago/NY/LA. So I felt like I dont get any of the big city perks with some of the bad effects of it (high crime, higher Cost of living). Champaign is a college town by all measures, cheap cost of living, small (yes, sometimes too small), but with some of the perks the college town provides.
That was specific to me, so this should be more tailored to what you want. But it is a gamble. I think that the scandel shake the school up where they are REALLY getting their shit together (especially the career services is 1000x better). But they might not be able to rebound from it quickly. And I dont mean that in the job sense, but in the rankings.
I like to play things safe, so if I were in your shoes, I would only take Illinois over Wash U if I wanted Big law Chicago, otherwise, all things being equal (aka money) I would go to wash U.