What did you end up doing here and why? I've actually put a deposit down at both to delay deciding. I'm really torn here for the same reasons you mentioned.
I think the UC Davis Adcomm is just plain sadistic. I figured they would have rejected me as soon as my file was complete, but instead they toy with my emotions by asking for fall transcripts, then let me stew for another month. Now it looks like they want unofficial winter transcripts..wtf? I have deposits I need to put down with more realistic schools! Stop torturing me! Or, don't...I'm just kidding UC Davis, if you're reading this...I love you. Please don't leave me.
still pending at the 3 schools i applied to. i'm starting to think that i'll be rejected/waitlisted by all of them.