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UIUC vs UCLA


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#1 tmac_cj

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:10 AM

Hey, guys.
I get the admission from MS in CS from UIUC and UCLA. Neither of them offer any funding. I was really nagged by doing the decision these days.
I am an international students. So I do not know much about the two schools, especially UIUC.
UIUC got higher rank in computer science and engineering school. And it is easier to get RA/TA position in UIUC and living in UIUC costs less.
Whereas, UCLA got good weather and location. And also higher in overall rank.
Really need help.
I'm not sure about if I will continue to a phd degree. Now I prefer to find a job after graduation if the salary is OK. But phd degree is also possible.
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 04:48 AM

This is a pretty easy decision. UIUC.
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 06:36 AM

This is a pretty easy decision. UIUC.


Any reason? Ranking?
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 05:48 PM

Any reason? Ranking?


Ranking, job opportunities, cost of living, funding. The obvious downside is location.
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Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:41 AM

Ranking, job opportunities, cost of living, funding. The obvious downside is location.


Job opportunities? I thought west coast should have more opportunities. UIUC is far away from SV.
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Posted 28 March 2012 - 05:23 AM

Job opportunities? I thought west coast should have more opportunities. UIUC is far away from SV.


From what I know, CS @ UIUC has more pull in Silicon Valley than UCLA, but you should probably investigate a bit further. I understand the facilities are considerably better as well.

From http://cs.illinois.e...s?quicktabs_4=1:

Here's what our students can expect: (data from Engineering Career Services for 2009-2010)
  • Job postings = 450
  • Average salary acceptance:
  • Bachelors = $68,650 (national average: $60,426)
  • Masters = $87,137 (national average: $60,667)


Not sure if UCLA grads make more.

Edited by R Deckard, 28 March 2012 - 05:33 AM.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:50 PM

From what I know, CS @ UIUC has more pull in Silicon Valley than UCLA, but you should probably investigate a bit further. I understand the facilities are considerably better as well.

From http://cs.illinois.e...s?quicktabs_4=1:

Here's what our students can expect: (data from Engineering Career Services for 2009-2010)

  • Job postings = 450
  • Average salary acceptance:
  • Bachelors = $68,650 (national average: $60,426)
  • Masters = $87,137 (national average: $60,667)

Not sure if UCLA grads make more.


Yeah, I have searched on the Internet but get little. Maybe UCLA did not publish the salary report. I only got some information on one UCLA's professor's website. From http://www.arishapiro.com/
It seem that there is no big difference between the salary.

Really thank you for your replying.
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Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:50 PM

Yeah, I have searched on the Internet but get little. Maybe UCLA did not publish the salary report. I only got some information on one UCLA's professor's website. From http://www.arishapiro.com/
It seem that there is no big difference between the salary.

Really thank you for your replying.


No problem. I sent you some more info via PM.
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Posted 28 March 2012 - 08:27 PM

UIUC, without a doubt. Like, seriously.


You couldn't make a wrong decision if you just had to choose schools, but you aren't funded. You can live in Illinois for next to nothing. UCLA will be VERY expensive. Of course UCLA has better weather, but you'll be paying quite dearly for a few years in the sun. Also, LA isn't especially close to Silicon Valley. It's around a 5-6 hour drive.

Edited by habanero, 28 March 2012 - 08:30 PM.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 10:18 PM

UIUC. It's not like UCLA is anywhere near the Silicon Valley. Plus, tech companies will want to recruit at UIUC vs UCLA. And as previously mentioned, living in Urbana-Champaign is dirt cheap. PhD prospects are also better coming from UIUC.
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 02:00 AM

UIUC, without a doubt. Like, seriously. You couldn't make a wrong decision if you just had to choose schools, but you aren't funded. You can live in Illinois for next to nothing. UCLA will be VERY expensive. Of course UCLA has better weather, but you'll be paying quite dearly for a few years in the sun. Also, LA isn't especially close to Silicon Valley. It's around a 5-6 hour drive.


Thanks a lot.
Actually I also receive the admission from MS in CSE of Umich and MSIT in CMU INI. I'm not familiar with the latter one. Like other CMU's professional MS program, it's not difficult to be admitted. But it's CMU. Is UIUC still the best choice?
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 01:10 PM

You couldn't make a wrong decision between those three schools, tmac_cj. It will be less expensive to live in Michigan and Illinois. They all have good brand names and awesome faculty. Do you have any specific questions that will help you make your decision?
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 01:53 AM

You couldn't make a wrong decision between those three schools, tmac_cj. It will be less expensive to live in Michigan and Illinois. They all have good brand names and awesome faculty. Do you have any specific questions that will help you make your decision?


I have never been these places, so no specific questions. Living in Michigan and Illinois is not expensive. But the tuition fee in Umich is expensive.
I care more about education quality, job opportunities and faculty. Money is important, but not decisive.
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 01:54 AM

No problem. I sent you some more info via PM.

Thanks a lot
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 11:04 PM

Thanks a lot


Yeah, the trick is actually reading the message I suppose...
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