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Old 02-07-2009, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Reading, PA
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So I was recently accepted to the University of Illinois at Chicago and am currently debating whether I am going to attend it or not. I'm from out of state, Pennsylvania actually, so I am completely unfamiliar with the area. However I will be driving out in the near future before I decide, to see for myself, but I was just wondering if anybody had any opinions on the school and area in general.

Does this school have an alright reputation? Is the area relatively safe? I'm from Reading, PA so i'm used to not so safe areas, however I am leaving my area for a reason and am not really trying to relocate to another ghetto area and was just curious as to how this part of Chicago is.

Well thanks in advance for any help!
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Old 02-07-2009, 03:22 PM
 
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UIC sucks i went there and i transferred out after 1 year

if you want lectures with 500 kids and a professor from india who doesnt speak english...at all....then be my guest...
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Old 02-07-2009, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Houston Texas
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Wow Im curious about the school too and was hoping for more of an answer than it just sucks.
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Old 02-07-2009, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Houston Texas
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My husband is attending for the fall for engineering
I was surprised there werent many schools in Chicago for Engineering.
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Old 02-07-2009, 05:36 PM
 
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if you want lectures with 500 kids and a professor from india who doesnt speak english...at all....then be my guest...
hahahah you aren't going to find many colleges with a majority of professors speaking perfect english.

hell, i went to college in Tennessee and i couldn't understand half of the TAs I had for classes.
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Old 02-07-2009, 05:59 PM
 
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My husband is attending for the fall for engineering
I was surprised there werent many schools in Chicago for Engineering.
Loyola, Northeastern, and U of C all have Engineering programs as well I believe.
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Old 02-07-2009, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Houston Texas
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NW is the only school out of those you listed with an engineering program

Another school is Illinois institute of Technology but its more expensive so he chose UIC to stretch out his GI bill further.
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Old 02-07-2009, 08:06 PM
 
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You will do fine there. There are many successful graduates of UIC. It does not have as good of a reputation as U of I downstate, but it is a respectable school. You might have somewhat of a culture shock because Chicago is so large. The area right to the west also known as "Little Italy" is relatively safe but other areas nearby might not be. Be careful about where you decide to live.
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Old 02-07-2009, 09:26 PM
 
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NW is the only school out of those you listed with an engineering program

Another school is Illinois institute of Technology but its more expensive so he chose UIC to stretch out his GI bill further.
All the schools I listed do have engineering i believe.

Anyway, UIC is a fine school, it is probably where I will end up doing my masters.
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Old 02-08-2009, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I attended UIC and have several long time friends that have Bachelor's and Masters degrees from there.

UIC is a research orientated university.
The strength at UIC is the Graduate Degree programs.

One reason it can be a bit tough for an undergraduate student is because of the lack of large amounts of dorms. (Although it has far more undergraduate dorm rooms now than it did 20 years ago.)


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...The area right to the west also known as "Little Italy" is relatively safe but other areas nearby might not be. Be careful about where you decide to live.
This is very true. There are areas that are not too far away from UIC that are pretty scary. You have to do your homework on neighborhoods before you move...
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