So I have been admitted as a transfer to both UCSD and UCSB in physics. I'm having a great difficulty deciding between these two schools, so perhaps you guys can help. Here are the things that I have in mind for consideration: Strength of the relative physics programs (in particular in condensed/ solid state physics, or materials physics). This is not just ranking... I know SB ranks slightly higher... I mean research opportunities and the quality of teaching. Friendliness, helpfulness towards transfer students. Will they give me a good chance to get used to their classes and provide me with the resources I will need to be successful at their school? Finally: Any other factors that I have not took into consideration that may be important. Thanks!