congrats to new acceptees!!maricutie, what about the students didn't you like at boalt? i haven't visited any classes, and i don't even know if i'd know what to look for. i should probably take a day or two off work to visit UCLA and USC, so i at least have something to go by...
Yeah, moderately surprised -- especially b/c I know plenty of ppl last year with much better numbers who didn't get in to Boalt. I figured my "soft factors" -- aka URM, work experience, ps, ECs, etc -- would go a long way at Boalt, though, and I guess they did. I feel the same way about, say, Michigan, but not necessarily the same regarding Stanford. I was surprised b/c of their seemingly-random way of selecting applicants, but it'd not like the heart-attack I'd get if I got into Stanford or, say, Yale. But happy!!!! In terms of ranking them --- don't know yet. I def want to work in the Bay Area and I LOVE berkeley, but like I said in another post sometime ago, I'm a little worried about its ranking in the future. Also, the time I visited an IP class I wasnt too impressed with the students there. But it IS a t-14 in the area I want to work in ... Right now the only other offer I have is Georgetown, and I think all these factors (plus the better weather & family in CA) make Boalt the winner for now.
pookie, you should definitely visit ucla and usc before boalt. i don't think classrooms, furnishings, etc. are good reasons to choose say a top ten school over a top 50 school, but if you want to work in socal, i really liked the feel on campus at ucla. campuses i have visited (in order of visiting):
Quote from: adverseeffect on December 03, 2004, 11:23:12 AMpookie, you should definitely visit ucla and usc before boalt. i don't think classrooms, furnishings, etc. are good reasons to choose say a top ten school over a top 50 school, but if you want to work in socal, i really liked the feel on campus at ucla. campuses i have visited (in order of visiting):that's a big jump from top 10 to top 50, if you're talking about boalt and UCLA (which it seems you are). they're only 3 ranking spots away from each other... my sister and i hate UCLA randomly, and when i asked her for a check for my app fee (i ran out of checks and couldn't find my next stack), she was really sad that her check was being used for UCLA. ha ha.oops, sorry strike that phrase and reverse it. i meant to say choosing 50 over choosing 10. my main point is that i found boalt's building to be really depressing and not well-maintained and if i wanted to practice in LA i would choose UCLA or USC over boalt. btw, i don't understand why ucla has much better facilities than boalt since they both charge the same amount of tuition, thoughts?my dad went to USC for ugrad and he does not want me to go to UCLA either.