I have been accepted to UIUC and UCI for undergraduate Computer Science major.
I live in California, so UCI costs me about $13,000 per year all inclusive, while UIUC will cost me $28,000 ($40,000 out-of-state tuition + $13,000 room/board - $25,000 scholarship) per year all inclusive.
As you can see, UIUC will cost me close to $15,000 more per year.
I am mainly trying to decide if I should go to UCI so save $15,000/year. I can afford the extra money, the question is if I should.
My main concern is that I don’t to save pennies now and risk losing pounds in the future – that is, I want to go to a college that will help in the long run, even if that means losing/sacrificing a little in the short run.
What do you guys think? Is UIUC worth $15,000 more per year?
Things to consider:
- I understand that UIUC is ranked much higher than UCI, but how much more value does UIUC’s ranking add?
- Does UCI’s close proximity to Bay Area provide a noticeable advantage over UIUC when it comes to internships/full time jobs?
- I don’t know much about the atmosphere, competitiveness, and/or student life at either college. If possible, could you describe what the colleges are like?
Also, through other blog posts, I have learnt much about the weather and the rural vs city life differences between the two colleges. So, please focus your answers on comparing the quality of education, internship opportunities, types of companies that recruit from the college etc.