I just--very surprisingly--was accepted at UIUC. I'd been planning on Case and have sent in my deposit and everything, but now I'm just confused.
UIUC is better ranked and about 10k a year cheaper overall, but it's IP program doesn't seem as strong as Case's. I also like Cleveland a lot more than U-C, and I have friends in the area.
Would it be foolish to go to Case over UIUC? I'm flying out to Illinois to visit next week, but I'm not sure what to expect. I barely researched the school and just applied because it's in-state.
Also: if I do well enough, I would think about transferring to a t14 school, preferably one on the East Coast, since I think I want to end up in D.C. (where I live now). Would UIUC dramatically improve my chances at that?