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I'm planning ahead for a likely choice that I'll have to make in the next month or so. Basically, I'll have to decide between UIUC and Michigan for engineering.
Here are some things to consider:
-I'll pay about 15,000 dollars less at UIUC per year, I'd have to pay full OOS tuition at UMich. My parents can afford the extra cost, though.
-I'm not really sure which engineering program I want to go into. It will probably end up being Aerospace, mechanical, environmental, material science, or computer science.
-I also would either want a double major, minor, or take as many business classes as possible.
I have visited both, and I liked the feel (students, layout, etc.) of UMich better. The major concern I have with Illinois is that I got the impression that I am virtually stuck in the engineering school I applied into (MatSe) and can't really switch into other majors, especially the popular ones. I don't think this would be a problem at Michigan, because I'll have my entire freshman year to decide my major, right? But would I be able to take a lot of classes in the Ross business school (for example) even if I wasn't admitted there?
One thing I noticed at UIUC is their job-placement was amazing, is that generally true at UMich as well? And am I crazy for thinking about turning down UIUC engineering for a more expensive UMich education? Any help is greatly appreciated.