Hey everyone, I'm currently attending a community college, and heading into my last year here. I'm starting to fill out my transfer applications, and I was wondering how important it really is to attend different universities for your undergraduate and graduate degrees. I've always heard that one should do their degrees at different schools to gain wider exposure to different departments and different perspectives. I'm in a community college in Illinois. My two main target transfer schools are UC Berkeley, and U of I Urbana-Champaign. My ultimate goal is to go to Berkeley for my PhD, and I'm wondering if I should cross Berkeley off of my list for the remainder of my undergrad. As far as the quality of the school goes, there really isn't a whole lot of difference between UIUC and Berkeley, at least as far as I can tell. They're at least comparable in most respects. So I don't feel that I'd really be missing out on much either way. Berkeley has a larger draw in some respects because I've always intended to move to the west coast. UIUC has the draw of saving me around $20,000 in student loans. I'm hoping I can get some input on this. It would be much appreciated.