I am hoping that the infinite wisdom of Physics Forums can help me with a bit of an issue I have. Although I really do enjoy UC Davis, I applied for transfer this year and was admitted by UCLA. It is a tough choice for me because I am already well-rooted in the physics department at UCD and really enjoy the college-town atmosphere. On the other hand, I want to make sure that my decision is best for a career in physics research. One important consideration for me is that I am already doing HEP research with one of my favorite professors, and it may take a while for me to gain the same traction with a different department. Also of concern is whether a year and a half (if that) will be enough time for professors to get to know me well enough to write strong recommendations for graduate admission. What are your thoughts? Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!