First I would like to introduce myself: I am a 2nd year physics major at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and have applied and got accepted to UCLA, UCSD, and UCSB for transfer. Even though I have only begun studying physics, I think my interests are directed towards the more applied areas of physics. Particularly I have been thinking about pursuing biophysics. My dilemma is which school to choose. I know that the common answer is "it doesn't really matter where you go as an undergrad." However, I believe this is only partly true. First off, I think that various schools offer different levels of the quality in education. Second of all, I think that some schools have more opportunities in certain areas of physics than other. Now I don't know much but it seems that UCSD has a lot of opportunities in biophysics. However, I want to go to UCLA more because of the campus, location, and my physics introductory sequence would transfer better there than UCSD or UCSB. So do you guys have any helpful advice? Does anyone know any specifics as to which school can really offer the best undergraduate physics education and provide for good research opportunities in biophysics? Also, I do wish to have good grades when I graduate, so which school do you think would be the most competitive in physics and biology/chemistry courses?