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But is the rigor of regular CS classes at a school with open admissions going to be as high as at MIT/Caltech/Ivies/equivalents/top CS schools like Cal/UIUC? Er, no.
At larger universities, the most difficult courses and the students in those classes will be on par with anyone. The difference probably comes at very small, less selective colleges where there may not be enough advance students available to fill super challenging classes.
@thumper1 which begs the question why pay big bucks for the more selective school if you have other options?
I was going to make the same point @jonri did. There is a lot of overlap between "selective" and "lots of money for support programs". When my kid needs help she talks with her professor - over lunch or at office hours, the prof may go over early drafts of papers with her, she also has a writing and quant center where it isn't hard to get timely appointments.
A lot of selective schools also really support the students they admit so it's very hard to get lost in the shuffle and flunk out or struggle for long.
@cobrat This can vary....