I will be starting the accelerated BSN program this Jan. (applied in the last 'wave' of applicants). I have been working at Rush as a Research Associate for the past four years. Each year, Rush is getting better and better. They have been awarded Magnet status for the second time (one of only 50 medical centers nationally). Some departments are better than others, but overall, the hospital is among the top in Illinois/Chicago. They just secured $300 million to reconstruct Rush...including more state-of-the-art OR's and ICU's, and more advanced bedside computers/technologies. This won't mean much to us as students (construction won't even begin until 2008) but if you plan on staying at Rush, it's worth noting. Since Rush is HUGE, you will see a great diversity of patients during clinicals (same as UIC).
About the University...it is a great graduate school and good undergrad (UIC's undergrad may be better). The teachers are well respected within the entire medical center and are well qualified in both clinical and academic areas. Many hold prestigious positions among nursing societies. Graduates come out of Rush well prepared. My wife graduated from Rush and basically was offered any position she interviewed for. They also have a 100% NCLEX pass rate. Financial Aid is sufficient (being married, already having a BS, I received a substantial amount of loans and grants). They also have a pretty big computer lab and an okay library.
Negatives: small and underfunded ER,
bad cafeteria food;
students have to wear awful clinical outfits (green polos with white see-thru scrubs
and white shoes);
not really a university-type atmosphere like UIC (but that doesn't matter since you want the full hospital experience anyways);
and they are strict about pre-reqs (I majored in physiology and took a graduate level course in human anatomy using primate cadavers--yet I still had to take A&P1..but not A&P2 ??)
--hope this helps a bit