I'll be applying to graduate schools in the fall.
I live and go to school in New York City right now, as I have for my entire life. I have visited Chicago a few times, and have friends who have hailed from there and like it. I would like to live there someday.
Everyone seems to say UIUC is better than UIC, but is the gap really that big? I find it a little hard to believe that it is. I also, admittedly, want to believe they are basically equal, because I'd rather be in the more urban area.
What do you guys think?
(Also, I have a question about in-state/out-of-state tuition: how does it work?! I mean, if I go to graduate school in another state, I will have an apartment there. Does that mean I can get in-state tuition? Sorry that this is a such a stupid question, but it's something I've never understood.)