I'm wondering if anyone has any firsthand experience with the Physics department/program at either of these schools. I am going to have to choose where to go in the next two weeks. I am well aware of the social atmospheres and other non-academic aspects of the two places, and have several reasons why UCSD is still very high on my list but arent really relevant to this forum. So far the only things I know about the physics departments is that UCSD is very small and lower division classes are on average 30 students (150-200 at Berkeley unless in honors). Right now I only see this as a positive, are there inherent cons to a small department? While I definitely think a smaller more personal setting would make Physics much more enjoyable, I know that I will need and plan to go all the way through a PHD degree. What kind of impact on my future in schooling will a name like Berkeley have versus UCSD? Could the possibility of more involvement due to such a small department at SD outweigh the name of Berkeley? I appreciate any insight you have about these two schools, thanks.