Despite its high ranking, Minnesota does not place well outside of Minnesota. If you want to live in California after gradation, stay in California.
I'm going to disagree a bit here, as I almost did attend Minnesota, and my plans have always included the possibility of practicing in California.Do Minnesota grads tend to remain in Minnesota? Sure - but there's never been any indication that it's not because of self-selection. Minneapolis is a freakin' wonderful city! And grads of The U are top dogs in a top 15 metro area (size-wise). However, what a lot of Easterners don't understand is that there aren't a lot of top schools between the Mississippi and the Pacific - in fact, outside of the three in California - there are three - Texas, WUSTLA and Minnesota. That's six out of the top 20 for over half the country - area-wise. Minnesotans who have sought work on the Left Coast have been fairly successful - at least, that was what I heard from the administration last year. Have things changed, ITE? Probably. But I still would argue that a degree from Minnesota is not necessarily a negative in California.