Redamon1 wrote:dannyde7 wrote:Redamon1 wrote:FWIW I picked Berkeley (0L) after speaking to alumns on the East Coast during several receptions and employers and getting assurances that the Berkeley name really carried weight on the East Coast with firms, govt and PI. Many people move back east after graduation. Some even said it was an advantage to have graduated from a school with comparatively fewer alumns on the east coast because employers like to have a diverse set of recruits. I'm also an East Coast guy, and although I'm looking forward to discovering CA -- and am open to living there after school -- I wanted to be sure that I could head back East if I wanted to. For me, job prospects and geographical flexibility were top priority.
And, BTW I'm doing the long-distance relationship thing for a while before my SO joins me in CA. I'm not thrilled about that, but I'm ready and determined to make it work. Book those flights early and get yourself on a good mileage program!
Lastly, it is one of the most commonly acknowledged traits of Berkeley that the student body is relatively more friendly and less competitive than at other schools. Granted I don't study there yet, but my visit at the school and my interactions with students and alumni on the East Coast were vey positive. As others have said, I think Dean Tom's selection and the grading system are likely two major factors.
Last but not least, I've lived in DC and I think it's a great city. You should know though, that the GULC campus and surrounding area are not the best. They are NOT part of the Georgetown neighborhood and campus. I wouldn't say it's a deal breaker though. Obviously, UC Berkeley and the Bay Area are great as well. Given your circumstances, I wouldn't rule either place out because of location. I'm sure you'd make the best of both locations. Consider that if you want to live in DC, you could do it after school.
redamon1, just out of curiosity, which schools did you choose Berkeley over?
Other T14 options. Happy to discuss in PM.