I just saw the thread that bruin005 made regarding schools w/ a strong focus on community development. I don't want to hijack the thread so I will make my own. This will be a little specific to my needs though. I live in the Chicago area and UIC is very convenient and is the ONLY urban planning program in Chicago. I have also looked @ Ball State because it is close to Illinois. My first questions is, from those that have gone to Ball State and UIC, what are the positives and negatives? Second- are there any other schools in the midwest region that are know for their community development focus. Third (and a little off topic)- I graduated w/ a marketing degree and I am sorta kicking myself because I was young and just wanted to make a decision on a major to appease the folks. I currently have a GIS internship in hopes that it will give me some experience and help me get into a program. Can my undergraduate studies somehow be tied into an urban planning program? Am I at a disadvantage because of it? Well that's all. sorry for the long rant.