<p>I'm a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering at UIUC and got an admission from Cornell Engineering.
I have to give my answer until June 1st and I'm still not sure which would be a better choice.</p>
<p>I guess I am doing quite well here; I'm getting like 3.97 gpa and have a research position at a lab.
I'm quite confident that I can keep up my work as well as I've been doing so far.
The reason I decided to give Cornell a try was that I was not really content with the ultra-population here and the lack of passion for the academia which sometimes was found not only from the students, but also from the professors.</p>
<p>Now that I've got the admission, however, I'm not really sure if I really should transfer or stay here. =(
As an international student, my chance of getting into the top graduate schools is not that great, I'd like to choose the one where I can have a better chance.
They're almost on the same tier when it comes to mechanical engineering, and I would say Cornell has a better reputation overall.</p>
<p>The merit of staying here is my good gpa, guaranteed research opportunity and cheaper tuition compared to Cornell. (can save up to $13,000/yr AT LEAST)
Cornell, on the other hand, has a better reputation as an IVY school, which would help me out more than UIUC would if I choose not to go to the graduate school, and reportedly more passionate pursuit of academia.</p>
<p>Of course, the decision is totally up to me, but Id like to have some advices on this issue and would really welcome and appreciate you guys opinions.
If you were in my shoe, where would you go and why? And which would give me a slightly better chance of getting into a great graduate school?</p>