I'm curious as to hearing your thoughts on where the University of Chicago might settle over the decade, given the many changes happening recently at the university that give it such a dynamic reputation. Will it solidify its top-3 ranking and become more closely associated with HYPS? Or is this recent recognition just a fluke that has resulted from the university finally playing the system, and it will eventually settle in its place somewhere in the top-10 but not in that ultra-elite echelon?
On the one hand, the recent shift to increasing marketability and creating a funner environment seems to suggest more prospective student interest and competitive admissions. The upcoming association with the Obama foundation might also increase UChicago's public prestige.
On the other hand, it's difficult for UChicago to compete financially with HYPS e.g. it seems unlikely that UChicago will be able to follow Stanford into making every department absolutely top-notch (something that Stanford was able to do with its Silicon Valley wealth to join the traditional elite which UChicago will likely not be able to replicate).
So, whither UChicago?