Knock wrote:What do you guys think about Boalt vs. Michigan w/ $67,500?
I think Michigan for sure without other considerations. However, if you are in CA now and want to stay there, moving to MI would be a big and perhaps inconvenient change. I suspect you would also have decidedly better CA employment prospects coming out of Berkeley than coming out of Michigan, so in your case I'm thinking Berkeley, unless you are particularly debt averse.
Re: original comparison, from what I understand Berkeley is probably at least as likely to get you a good job in CA as Columbia, and if you like it in CA I think choosing Berkeley over Columbia is defensible. Then again, it is Columbia, and I would make sure you want to stay in CA. You could still quite possibly land an east coast or international job out of Berkeley if you wanted to move around, but in terms of mobility, getting a west coast (or international) job out of Columbia I think is def easier than getting an east coast (or international) job out of Berkeley.