titan747 wrote:Why is nobody selecting UCLA. It seems to be a solid value at that price. Is Berkeley really a 80k better investment?
UCLA does not align with the OPs ties and where he would like to end up. It's not an option here.
OP, what was your offer at UT exactly? UT sounds perfect for you. I know the deposit deadline has passed but I would go back to them and ask for your seat back/more money. Couldn't hurt and they should start to get desperate for in state applicants with high numbers right about now...
45K. Which is actually slightly less than half tuition but with the 3K need-based grant they give virtually everyone (though they cant guarantee the amount every year) it comes out to half. UT COA would come out to just over 100K. For what its worth, while I was at Berkeley, two Dallas biglaw firms where I know people were hosting a seminar about recruiting Berkeley grads. I didn't actually go so it could have been IP specific.
UCLA might not align with my ties, but do ties really trump anything else? like $40,000-$50,000?
A side note that I might mention, though it certainly is revealing far too much about myself, I did undergrad at BYU which I hear means the Mormon network (regardless of school affiliation) has become a 'tie.' The rough part is that I dont really self identify as Mormon anymore.... but I'll certainly take the benefits of my alma mater since I had to pay the price of living there for three years.