Hi everyone, For the past year, I spent my freshman year in college at UC Berkeley studying math and physics. Since tuition was expensive for out-of-state and because I wanted to go to the East, I applied for transfer. I'm now debating whether to stay at Berkeley or whether to go to Columbia (unfortunately I was rejected at Harvard and MIT which I preferred over Columbia). Obviously, I can't expect you to make my decision for me, and I can't expect you to be able to weigh all the personal things involved. I will have to make the final decision myself, but I wanted it to be an informed one. So, I would like to ask you to share what you know about physics, math, and general undergrad studies at each institution and how they compare. Also, I would appreciate if you share any transfer experiences and what you think about going to college in Manhattan. I'm afraid Manhattan will be too intense for me, but I don't know. Thus far, (in my majors) I have taken two introductory physics courses (mechanics+waves using Kleppner and French and themo+EnM using Purcell), finished all the low div math courses, and taken two upper div courses in math (abstract algebra using Herstein and real analysis using Rudin). I have gotten all A/A+'s at Berkeley; should I expect harder classes at Columbia, or would it be at about the same level? Also, any insights about Columbia's Core Curriculum? Is it good? Bad? Is it too much stuff required outside the major? Thanks for all the help! And, feel free to share anything at all if you deem it relevant.