I wouldn’t classify the University of Illinois as a ‘brainy’ university. I’ve worked with engineering graduates from there - they’re nothing to write home about - so to speak.
The vast majority of athletes don’t ‘earn’ their degrees in the classroom, they ‘win them’ on the playing field.
Wow. Illinois can charge a premium in their state because they are the “exclusive flagship university”. Iow actually markets to Illinois residents because out of state tuition is pretty close to instate Illinois.
I guess the engineers I have worked with have been no better or worse than those from Purdue (my school) or Iowa State.
It has one of the best Architecture grad schools, had been up there for a long time.