Thanks admissionproof for the helpful info. But a Prof at UIUC has made a good faith effort to take me in his group and I do not want to turn him down. The physics community is not like a fish market where you meet people one day and never see them again; I will have to constantly get in touch with Profs there at UIUC and other places. Therefore, I am sticking with my decision for now.(sorry grae
I still see no reason why UIUC should be pissed if I decided to leave them next year. How can I be sure that I will be happy there after December( I mean after 6 months or 1 yr or whatever)? It may happen that I may lose interest in the type of research I am very enthusiastic about right now. I am not saying that I will, but this is a non trivial possibility. What if I do not like the community? Are not these good reasons to transfer? Visiting one day does not tell us whole lot about the campus community.
I do not see any reason why any grad schools shud frown at students willing to transfer to another institution for reasons mentioned above. I do not why chinese students transfer( or why students trasfer from your University), but if I have to transfer, then I am just going to say: I WAS NOT HAPPY, which I think is a suffient reason to transfer.
I read that article about Cornell and I do not understand why Cornell is so rude to transfer applicants. They mention that Profs will have no time to get along with transfer students
what is that suppose to mean?
so vroomfondel go for UIUC and if you do not like them after a semester, transfer to another place. It is not difficult and it should not be made difficult. Done!