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  1. Hi! I wonder which Statistics PhD program is better, UIUC Statistics or UT-Austin Statistics and Data Science. UIUC: Pros: 1. Ranking; 2. CS is better; 3. Statistics Department is big and has many research areas. Cons: 1. Location; 2. Weather. UT-Austin: Pros: 1. Location; 2. Many good companies there; 3. Some big names in Bayesian. Cons: 1. Ranking; 2. Too new; 3. Too Bayesian. Thank you so much for your answers and help.
  2. Hi! I wonder which Statistics PhD program is better, UIUC Statistics or UT-Austin Statistics and Data Science. UIUC: Pros: 1. Ranking; 2. CS is better; 3. Statistics Department is big and has many research areas. Cons: 1. Location; 2. Weather. UT-Austin: Pros: 1. Location; 2. Many good companies there; 3. Some big names in Bayesian. Cons: 1. Ranking; 2. Too new; 3. Too Bayesian. Thank you so much for your answers and help.
  3. Hi everyone! I'm having a lot of trouble deciding which M.S. in Computer Science (with a focus on computer security) I should pick. Here is the list of the programs I've been accepted to: University of Waterloo - fully funded University of Virginia - $2000 fellowship, (potentially, i'd get in-state tuition, which is ~20k/year. out of state tuition is ~35k/year) Georgia Tech - no funding (~20k/year) University of Utah - no funding (~20k/year) University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign - no funding (~35k/year) UMD College Park - no funding (~40k/year) Georgetown - no funding (~40k/year) So that you get an idea of my financial situation, my parents are willing and able to pay for tuition/living expenses at any of the universities that I've been accepted to. That said, I don't want to burden them with an excessively high tuition fee when there are more affordable options. I feel like, in most situations, people are stuck between attending a fully-funded program at a lower-ranked school and an unfunded one at a more prestigious school. In my situation, what I imagine to be the most prestigious school on the list (Waterloo) is the one offering me funding. At Waterloo, I wouldn't have to search for any RA/TA positions because I'll already be doing research with a specific professor and TA-ing. I feel like most people would commit to that school immediately. But for some reason, there's something holding me back. I don't know why. Do I just not like the town that much? Am I worried that I'd feel out of place or not perform well compared to the types of people who usually get accepted there? Do I not want to live in the cold? I don't know. Maybe all of the above. UVA is most likely going to give me in-state tuition. They also offered me a fellowship, which, although not significant compared to the tuition, makes me feel like they were at least trying to attract me to their program. There's also a high likelihood that I'd be able to get an hourly position as a masters teaching assistant. It's also in a scenic location with a lot of nature, which I like, and is also pretty close to a lot of my family who live in the D.C./northern Virginia area, so I could potentially visit them often. That said, I'm not really a fan of what seems to be a preppy(?) culture at the school, although maybe that matters more at the undergraduate level. None of the other schools offered me funding or awards, and I'm not sure how likely it is that I'll be able to secure a TA/RA position there. I'd really appreciate your advice. Where should I go, if I want to go into computer security?
  4. Hi everyone! I'm having a lot of trouble deciding which M.S. in Computer Science (with a focus on computer security) I should pick. Here is the list of the programs I've been accepted to: University of Waterloo - fully funded University of Virginia - $2000 fellowship, (potentially, i'd get in-state tuition, which is ~20k/year. out of state tuition is ~35k/year) Georgia Tech - no funding (~20k/year) University of Utah - no funding (~20k/year) University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign - no funding (~35k/year) UMD College Park - no funding (~40k/year) Georgetown - no funding (~40k/year) So that you get an idea of my financial situation, my parents are willing and able to pay for tuition/living expenses at any of the universities that I've been accepted to. That said, I don't want to burden them with an excessively high tuition fee when there are more affordable options. I feel like, in most situations, people are stuck between attending a fully-funded program at a lower-ranked school and an unfunded one at a more prestigious school. In my situation, what I imagine to be the most prestigious school on the list (Waterloo) is the one offering me funding. At Waterloo, I wouldn't have to search for any RA/TA positions because I'll already be doing research with a specific professor and TA-ing. I feel like most people would commit to that school immediately. But for some reason, there's something holding me back. I don't know why. Do I just not like the town that much? Am I worried that I'd feel out of place or not perform well compared to the types of people who usually get accepted there? Do I not want to live in the cold? I don't know. Maybe all of the above. UVA is most likely going to give me in-state tuition. They also offered me a fellowship, which, although not significant compared to the tuition, makes me feel like they were at least trying to attract me to their program. There's also a high likelihood that I'd be able to get an hourly position as a masters teaching assistant. It's also in a scenic location with a lot of nature, which I like, and is also pretty close to a lot of my family who live in the D.C./northern Virginia area, so I could potentially visit them often. That said, I'm not really a fan of what seems to be a preppy(?) culture at the school, although maybe that matters more at the undergraduate level. None of the other schools offered me funding or awards, and I'm not sure how likely it is that I'll be able to secure a TA/RA position there. I'd really appreciate your advice. Where should I go, if I want to go into computer security?
  5. I am an international graduate student, my plan is to have an academic career. I have been accepted to both Georgia Tech and UIUC for the Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. program with subfield in biomechanics. The offer from UIUC is quite competitive as it guarantees 5-year funding, while the offer from GATech is only 1 year with the intention for renewal. Both are almost the same stipend However Atlanta is much more expensive. I like the research point in GATech and the group more than that in UIUC. I really can't make a decision. especially I am worried about the availability of funding in GATech as COVID-19 might impact the economy.1-I would like to ask for your opinion about both universities because QS ranking places GAtech significantly ahead of UIUC while in US News they are almost equal.2-I feel the stipend at UIUC will make my life better and the city of Atlanta will also make my life more interesting and energetic, what do you think?3- Is the guaranteed 5-year funding much better than the 1-year contract.Thanks
  6. I have received admits from UIUC and GaTech for their MS in CS programs. Based on the current trajectory of things the possibility of attending this fall seems slim. Either way, I have to make my decision by April 15th and then potentially defer. - I am interested in studying ML/DL. I definitely want to go somewhere with research opportunities in this field, although I'm not sure if I want to pursue a PhD yet. I think UIUC has more funding?? - Going by just rankings UIUC seems to have a slight edge over GaTech. However, I have also seen reports ranking GaTech slightly above UIUC in AI/ML. - Both schools have excellent industry ties and I think I wouldn't have an issue with job opportunities if I decide to take that route. I have heard that Atlanta has a better startup/tech scene though. - I will be paying OOS fees at both schools and they add up to a similar amount. I may be wrong, but I think I will be paying in-state tuition during my second year at GaTech making it cheaper. I have also heard that both schools offer a decent number of grad assistantships, and that they have similar class sizes. - I'm slightly worried about the fit at UIUC. I've lived in a cities my whole life and I'm from a country with very warm weather so I feel like I might adjust to Atlanta better. I know this is not as important as other factors but I just thought I'd throw it out there. I'm really grateful that my biggest concern right now is choosing between these schools. I would really appreciate it if you guys could give me some advice and help me with my decision.
  7. I have received admits from UIUC and GaTech for their MS in CS programs. Based on the current trajectory of things the possibility of attending this fall seems slim. Either way, I have to make my decision by April 15th and then potentially defer. - I am interested in studying ML/DL. I definitely want to go somewhere with research opportunities in this field, although I'm not sure if I want to pursue a PhD yet. I think UIUC has more funding?? - Going by just rankings UIUC seems to have a slight edge over GaTech. However, I have also seen reports ranking GaTech slightly above UIUC in AI/ML. - Both schools have excellent industry ties and I think I wouldn't have an issue with job opportunities if I decide to take that route. I have heard that Atlanta has a better startup/tech scene though. - I will be paying OOS fees at both schools and they add up to a similar amount. I may be wrong, but I think I will be paying in-state tuition during my second year at GaTech making it cheaper. I have also heard that both schools offer a decent number of grad assistantships, and that they have similar class sizes. - I'm slightly worried about the fit at UIUC. I've lived in a cities my whole life and I'm from a country with very warm weather so I feel like I might adjust to Atlanta better. I know this is not as important as other factors but I just thought I'd throw it out there. I'm really grateful that my biggest concern right now is choosing between these schools. I would really appreciate it if you guys could give me some advice and help me with my decision.
  8. Hi, I got admits for MS in Computer Science from Columbia, UT Austin and UIUC. I'm an international student and I'm mostly inclined to go for a job post MS. Can you help me decide on which program to go for? Columbia is an Ivy but looks too expensive. Others are cheaper and have decent CS programs but I'm not really sure how to compare the ROI between them. Thanks.
  9. Hi all, I don’t have an admit for Stanford’s MS CS yet — but it’s perhaps the only programme that would make me second guess accepting UIUC’s MS CS. Can you guys help me make the decision early? I’m certainly leaning towards UIUC, and I might decide later on to potentially move to a PhD. Tuition is not an issue for either. UIUC Interesting research topic lined up — could potentially start early? The Midwest is cheaper Seems to be more straightforward to enter PhD? Stanford Name recognition Cheers!
  10. I've been accepted into UIUC's Clinical/Community Psychology PhD program, but am afraid I don't have enough insight on the experience from a grad student's POV. This is a desperate cry for help---Anyone out there know about UIUC's psychology department (i.e. the feel of it, rigor, culture, etc.) in general? Also, any helpful replies about the broader Urbana/Champaign area, the professors, the psych department, or the stipend are all welcome! Thank you
  11. Hey, I got an email from the CS department saying they have recommended me for admissions last Monday (1/13). I waited 5 working days but still haven't gotten the official letter from the graduate college yet. Can other ppl share how long it took for them, for those admitted around this time in January or so? Thank you!
  12. Hi everyone, I graduate this Friday (well I'm walking the stage and I have 2 online summer classes to go) and I'm so nervous and scared for my future. I really want to go to grad school to get my MSW but I am so burnt out from undergrad that I am taking a gap year. Also it was so expensive to apply to grad school. My bachelors of science is in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Latino/a Studies. My dream grad school is University of Chicago but I am too afraid to apply or even apply to other schools. I'm so afraid of failure and rejection. I just wanted to know how and why you think you got accepted into those SW programs? I have done a lot of service and social justice activism/work in my undergrad, as well as being apart of many different orgs and having leadership positions. I just think my grades espeically senior year grades are not the best. I don't know my final grades but I'm hoping my GPA would stand at 3.0 or higher at the end.
  13. I got accepted to NU and UIUC for a fully funded PhD in Mechanical engineering plus stipend. I was first accepted to UIUC and attended the visit day. I have had a great time, met amazing people and faculty, and in general, liked the department. Moreover, I went on another visit day at Madison Wisconsin a week later and immediately knew that Champaign was a better fit for me and I almost committed. However, I hated Champaign (the town) and was hoping to get into another school in a better location. Finally, four days before I need to make a decision, I got into Northwestern which is in Chicago and I thought that this is it, I will go there. But now I have second doubts. UIUC is ranked higher and has more research that I am interested in but I cannot stop thinking about my life over there and how much I will hate it honestly.. What do you think?
  14. So I was admitted to University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (UIUC) and that was my only admission so my decision was made for me based on circumstances; however, from the 3 schools, I was waitlisted for I have been admitted to my undergrad institution. I just heard back yesterday and I have a tough choice to make in such little time with the deadline coming up. Coming From Undergrad at California State University, Chico but I am originally from Southern California. Deciding between... CSU, Chico (undergrad institution) and UIUC Factors I am keeping in mind I would have to pay out-of-state tuition for UIUC. CSU, Chico is substantially cheaper (I am getting only loans for both programs). I may potentially get an assistantship for a tuition waiver and stipend for UIUC; however, this is not guaranteed. I have already met with students and faculty as well as seeing the clinic at UIUC and I do like the program more than I do CSU, Chico. I am in a long-term 5-year relationship and my partner will still be attending CSU, Chico. I love the atmosphere of UIUC and CSU, Chico seems to be much more competitive in nature. Not having to go through the hassle of moving to a different state is convenient.
  15. Hi everyone,I shortlisted the schools down to UIUC and CMU but can't decide on which to attend. My future plans is to stay in academia with postdocs at top schools (perhaps at MIT or Stanford) but I don't want closed doors to the industry. Here are the good vs bad things about both of these schoolsUIUCGood: The PI is highly reputed very famous in contro&gamel theory. The school is also ranked higher in ECE (US News). Very strong faculty members. In addition, I will be working on multi-agent reinforcement learning which I am quite interested in.Bad: I am not quite sure if this would be a criterion when choosing grad schools but Urbana-Champaign is in the middle of nowhere, isolated by cornfields in every direction. I am coming from a big city so I am not sure if I can get used to such a small and isolated place. Another drawback is that the PI's research is very theoretical which I am fine with but students in the lab told me that I will be closing my chances of working in the industry. Finally, PI is very senior so that means I will be doing most of the work.CMUGood: Compared to UC, Pittsburgh is a more vivid and bigger city. CMU is also very great for its school of CS and PI(s) there are also affiliated to the ML department. Being private school can also be regarded as something positive. The stipend is also much better. I will be doing machine learning, optimization, and signal processing if I attend CMU.Bad: PI(s) are assist/assoc professors and they are way less reputed compared to the PI in UIUC. Rankings CMU ECE is lower compared to UIUC. Final remarks: I like the research and the academic environment in UIUC but I have concerns about living in Urbana-Champaign. CMU is very good at CS but I am tempted to work with a famous yet senior professor. I am open to any comments/views/ideas about these schools.Thanks and good luck to everyone!
  16. Hi everyone!! I've been accepted to my dream school, UTD, with in-state tuition, but I've also been offered a graduate assistantship at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) that offers full tuition and a monthly stipend. I am still considering the other schools I've been accepted to, but these two schools are my top choices especially because of funding. I'm an out-of-field applicant, and at UIUC I would need to be in school for 3 years instead of 2 years at UTD. Even with in-state tuition for UTD, I'll have to take out many loans to pay for tuition and my living expenses (Dallas is so much more expensive than Urbana-Champaign). But still, UTD is my dream school and I really, really want to go there. I'm also already in a long-distance relationship and don't want that distance to be any longer than it needs to be, which makes UTD look that much nicer (3 years total of long distance vs. 4 years). I've already met the students and faculty at UIUC; I feel like I would fit in really well there and the funding is SO good. I know this is a really good spot to be in, but I just don't know what to do. Is anyone else in this position? Thoughts? Will I kick myself in the foot later for not taking the best financial offer? Will graduate school go by so fast that it won't even feel like another year of long distance? H E L P All advice is welcome
  17. Hi! I was accepted to University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and I was wondering if there were any current graduate students attending UIUC that I could message and talk to about the program.
  18. Hello everyone, So for now I'v got offer letters from McGill CS and Columbia EE, and still waiting for U of T and UIUC. Applied for both ECE and CS at the latter two. All are MSc programs or something similar. I'm an international student and my goal is to work in the industry (machine learning R&D that kind of stuff) and stay permanently in North America. Considering the odds of getting permanent residency I would say Canada is more ideal for staying after graduation. I could really use some advice on following questions: I heard Toronto has more job opportunities than Montreal, is that true? And if it is, by what margin? How would Canadian companies rate graduates from US schools? i.e. how competitive are Columbia and UIUC compared to U of T and McGill, in Canada? Many thanks!
  19. Hey everyone! I thought I'd create a thread for people who are headed to UIUC this Fall. I will be joining the Chemistry PhD program. I am also looking for flatmates (hopefully in Champaign, close to the campus/department) for the first year.
  20. Anyone else going to UIUC in the autumn? What are you studying? M.A. or Ph.D? Feel free to introduce yourself! Spanish Literature M.A. here..
  21. Hello guys, I got accepted into ECE MEng at UIUC and CS MS at UCSD. I wonder which programs will help me more in my future career. I have good background in CS and already got an internship in big company this summer. Could you please share your suggestions and reasons? Many thanks.
  22. Hi everyone, So I am evaluating Macro programs. I am a current BSW student at UIUC, which has an advanced standing Leadership and Social Change Program. From what I understand, UIUC has a good program, I like the setting and instructors. My main hesitation is that the Macro program is much smaller, and I am concerned about the amount of field placement for Macro that might be interesting to me. I am also looking at UChicago. UChicago is much more expensive, but I feel like the city of Chicago is a great place to get set up for Macro work, The SSA is ranked #3 nationally in Social Work, and I think that the field placement opportunities would be much more in line with my career goals and I think UChicago would allow me a better opportunity to network with people. UChicago also has some dual law classes that I think would help with my interest in the intersection of social work and law, but not require the intensity of a dual MSW/JD program. I used to live in Chicago and love the city, as well. One of my main hesitations is the degree is an AM rather than MSW, and I worry a little about how this is perceived. Both of these programs would take about a year with advanced standing. I'm also thinking about Boston and Columbia, but they don't really make me super excited. Can anyone share experiences with these programs, and offer some wisdom?
  23. Hello guys, Iam a 2018 MS in Data Science aspirant, and have received admission offer from UIUC and Duke University. Based on the following points, can you share your thoughts on which university should I finalize: The program at UIUC is "MS in Statistics with a concentration in Analytics", offered by the Department of Statistics, and the Duke program is "MS in interdisciplinary Data Science", offered by Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) and Information Initiative at Duke (IID). Curriculum wise, I like both the programs equally well. The only difference is that the Duke's program offers greater flexibility and includes a capstone project during second year of Masters. The UIUC program is an established, old program. On the other hand, Duke's program would have it's inaugural class in Fall 2018. Both the programs are 2 years long. The total tuition fees for UIUC would be $55000, whereas at Duke it would be $94300. The class size at Duke would be 30-35 students, compared to 60-70 students at UIUC.
  24. Hi I have received funded admissions to the Civil Engineering Master's program at UVa, UIUC, and Virginia Tech. In terms of research interest match between me and the supporting faculty, I would rank them like this: UVa(Best), VT, UIUC (Good match but not great). The faculty member who has chosen to support my admission at UIUC wasn't my top pick at the department so it has become a bit challenging for me to choose UIUC. In terms department reputation usually, UIUC is the most reputable and UVa the least. Given this is a master's program, I might do my Ph.D. studies at another university based on where my research would lead me, so I want to consider the impact of choosing a well-respected program on opening up my options for my Ph.D. Simply put, my question is: How much weight should I give to University vs. the match in research interest with the supporting faculty for choosing the program that I will attend? Sincerely,
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