Michigan over IU. IU is MUCH easier to get into OOS than Michigan, therefore it is a hotter school at the moment when students are finding admissions harder than ever at the top schools in their home states. Good students who can't get into their top state schools can more than likely get into Indiana. Also, while I agree IU has a more beautiful campus, Michigan is significantly better academically overall and Ann Arbor is a much more interesting town. Honestly I believe if you stopped and asked 100 people on the street which school is better academically, the vast majority would answer U-M. If the total cost is an extra $20,000 over four years, then go to Michigan. If it is that much per year, than go to IU. You can't expect to pay the same amount of money for two schools whose overall quality is not equal. BTW, Michigan is also very strong in the performing arts as well.
Last edited by rjkofnovi; 12-16-2009 at 10:06 AM.