I'm somewhat new to the forums, but have been reading a lot of you talk about how certain schools (UIC) are all policy based, while others have more of a 'hands-on' approach. Was just wondering what criteria you use to determine the focus of a university's program- do you rely on the coursework, the faculty, etc.?
If you could shed some light on the subject, and help me differentiate between the two it would be much appreciated. I'm trying to narrow down the schools I want to apply to from Rutgers, MIT, Berkeley, UIC, NYU, Hunter, Harvard, Penn, Tufts, Columbia, and UMich, and would like to attend a school that has a strong policy focus, particularly in transportation.