Sorry for the confusion Bigs, but I'm not the original poster who asked about Southwestern. Obviously UCLA is much better than Southwestern, I was just surprised when you compared its ability to open opportunities as being on par with Harvard and Yale. Like the original poster, I am also from the East Coast. However, I have been to LA before and would visit UCLA before making a final decision.
I know the ranking system has plenty of flaws, I was just trying to get any info I could on UCLA. Also, do you know how USC compares to UCLA? Does either have an edge or is it basically just a toss up?