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Deciding between 2 top schools

  1. May 1, 2014 #1
    Hi guys,

    First of all I know that many threads has been posted in regards to a physics major deciding between UC Santa Barbara and UC Berkeley. I've been reading all the threads yet still can't make a strong decision or preference over one school.

    I am a recent undergrad physics transfer student who got admitted to both of these schools. I've been talking to my physics professor as well who suggested that UCSB is a good choice since it has one of the top tier physics programs. I have also contacted 2 professors at UCSB-CCS who were really inviting and provided me with lots of information. The downside is that CCS benefits only applies to freshmen and sophomores instead of juniors and seniors. I have also asked my friends how are the professors at UCB like and he replied saying they were also friendly and treat students well at the same time.

    My plan after undergraduate is to attend a school in Germany to pursue Medical Physics. Given my career path to attend a grad school in a different country, which would be the better choice? If I were to continue grad school in the US, which would be the school to go to?
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  3. May 1, 2014 #2


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    Have you been to either campus yet?
  4. May 1, 2014 #3
    The minor differences in reputation and quality of these schools will be far less important to your future than whether you enjoy being at the school you choose.

    Pick the one where you think you will be engaged and happy.
  5. May 2, 2014 #4
    Thanks for the reply guys. I have visited UCSB but not a chance to Cal yet. I really have no preference over one another but I value the education quality more. Hope everyone here can provide me more insights and opinions here.
  6. May 2, 2014 #5
    I do not think it would matter. They are both challenging academic environments. I doubt physics curriculum would differ very much between any two of the UC's, and both are widely recognized. You have to make the easier or maybe not so easier decision of picking one based simply on how much you like it.

    You'd also want to consider which one is more economical for you. That should be a big player because you will want to save the money for trip to Germany. (Unless you have all the money you could ever need, of course)
  7. May 2, 2014 #6
    Thanks Ritzy. I'm going to have one last discussion with my physics professor tomorrow before I make my final decision. Deadline is before 1st of June. Still, keep the comments and opinions coming!
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