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Old 12-29-2017, 03:46 PM
Location: Chicago
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Originally Posted by Justabystander View Post
Having relatives that go to U of I and visited, I would say this is really dead wrong about Champaign. And one of them is in the Business School now. Downtown Champaign is actually really nice, and has some great restaurants. We were there last week and the restaurants were packed, and they are all pretty charming. Urbana next door is also nice, more funky and interesting. Brick streets and pretty homes near the campus. It is 2 hours south of Chicago, so it is far, but not that far, from the big city.

South Bend near the campus is nice, South Bend has rougher areas in town that have seen better days, but those are not located near the campus. And Anne Arbor is nice, one of the nicer areas of Detroit.
You certainly are far more on track about Chambana than Duke. That said, I find Champaign pales in comparison to other Big Ten college towns like Ann Arbor, Madison, Iowa City, and Bloomington. IMHO all four run rings around C/U
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Old 01-13-2018, 11:18 AM
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I went to UI downstate in the late '60s/early '70s and don't know how much it's changed, but I adored the campus. Great school.

Got my master's at ASU and have been living in Phoenix since '73, so I'll address Tempe. It's college town done right. Great shopping on Mill Avenue, and there's Tempe Town Lake nearby (which actually is a filled-in portion of the Salt River, but you can go boating on it.) However, you'd have to deal with May-October heat. There's light rail or bus into Phoenix (Tempe's a suburb.) Lots of activities since it's a suburb of Phoenix. A drive of 2-3 hours during the winter can get you skiing; 6 hours will get you to the coast, although spring break typically is in Mexico.

Question: What's your priority? Is it quality of education? Lifestyle? ASU has a solid business school that's ranked 25th in the country.

If you can't go everywhere, then I'd suggest Youtubing it and seeing whether any campuses immediately stand out to you or don't appeal to you at all.

Good luck.
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