Berkeley($$$) vs. Columbia

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Columbia vs. Boalt

Columbia (Sticker)
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9%
Boalt (Debt Free)
84
91%
 
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Berkeley($$$) vs. Columbia

Postby Atmosphere » Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:52 am

Long story short, I'd be leaving Boalt debt-free, and attending CLS at sticker.

Does Columbia bring anything tangible to the table that Berkeley doesnt?

I'd like to stay on the west coast but have the option to go back east as well.

Gracias.
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Re: Berkeley($$$) vs. Columbia

Postby goldenflash19 » Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:56 am

Atmosphere wrote:Long story short, I'd be leaving Boalt debt-free, and attending CLS at aticker.

Does Columbia bring anything tangible to the table that Berkeley doesnt?

I'd like to stay on the west coast but have the option to go back east as well.

Gracias.


Nothing worth the $300 K difference. Easy choice.

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Re: Berkeley($$$) vs. Columbia

Postby Atmosphere » Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:04 am

goldenflash19 wrote:
Atmosphere wrote:Long story short, I'd be leaving Boalt debt-free, and attending CLS at aticker.

Does Columbia bring anything tangible to the table that Berkeley doesnt?

I'd like to stay on the west coast but have the option to go back east as well.

Gracias.


Nothing worth the $300 K difference. Easy choice.


I haven't heard back from H/S, but am still holding out hope, does that answer stay the same in regards to these schools as well?

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Re: Berkeley($$$) vs. Columbia

Postby Dog » Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:06 am

goldenflash19 wrote:
Atmosphere wrote:Long story short, I'd be leaving Boalt debt-free, and attending CLS at aticker.

Does Columbia bring anything tangible to the table that Berkeley doesnt?

I'd like to stay on the west coast but have the option to go back east as well.

Gracias.


Nothing worth the $300 K difference. Easy choice.


Read the first sentence and immediately voted for Berkeley. Read the rest of the post and it became even more lopsided.

Columbia has little advantage over Berkeley for the west coast, and you'll have an extra $3,000+ in your pocket each month for ten years.

Edit: H/S make it more of a discussion. Still, without significant need aid or unicorn job goals, it's really tough to beat a debt free t14 in the market you want to practice in.
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Re: Berkeley($$$) vs. Columbia

Postby Ron Don Volante » Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:08 am

Atmosphere wrote:Long story short, I'd be leaving Boalt debt-free, and attending CLS at aticker.

Does Columbia bring anything tangible to the table that Berkeley doesnt?

I'd like to stay on the west coast but have the option to go back east as well.

Gracias.

Wut. There is absolutely no question here. If your primary goal is to stay in California, the answer is probably Berk even if the costs were the same.

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Re: Berkeley($$$) vs. Columbia

Postby Big Dog » Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:09 am

Columbia has little advantage over Berkeley for the west coast..


Let me fix that for you: Columbia has NO advantage over Berkeley for the west coast

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Re: Berkeley($$$) vs. Columbia

Postby Dog » Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:14 am

Big Dog wrote:
Columbia has little advantage over Berkeley for the west coast..


Let me fix that for you: Columbia has NO advantage over Berkeley for the west coast



I was trying to stay conservative in case Columbia lovers showed up in this thread to debate me on something haha.

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Re: Berkeley($$$) vs. Columbia

Postby banjo » Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:18 am

Easy. Berkeley over H/S/C at sticker.

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Re: Berkeley($$$) vs. Columbia

Postby jbagelboy » Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:23 pm

banjo wrote:Easy. Berkeley over H/S/C at sticker.

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Re: Berkeley($$$) vs. Columbia

Postby jbagelboy » Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:26 pm

It's not that Columbia (or Harvard or Chicago) doesn't bring anything to the table that Berkeley doesn't. These schools place better into large firms and elite firms specifically. But these schools are worth maybe $75k more at most, and far less than that for California.

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Re: Berkeley($$$) vs. Columbia

Postby BigZuck » Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:42 pm

This is the no brainer to end all no brainers. Enjoy Cal.

If you get into Harvard, don't act like a Harvard student and take Harvard at sticker over Berkeley. That would be tragic, and TLS will be madsad at you. Don't make TLS madsad.

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Re: Berkeley($$$) vs. Columbia

Postby Mack.Hambleton » Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:12 pm

how are you graduating debt free

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Re: Berkeley($$$) vs. Columbia

Postby FloridaCoastalorbust » Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:38 pm

don't go anywhere but berke.

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Re: Berkeley($$$) vs. Columbia

Postby sesto elemento » Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:46 pm

BoalTTT is the right choice here.

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Re: Berkeley($$$) vs. Columbia

Postby Atmosphere » Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:55 pm

Mack.Hambleton wrote:how are you graduating debt free


I don't want to get into specifics, but my tuition is handled at Berk, and my family has agreed to help me with rent and CoL.


Also, thanks to everyone in this thread, sometimes it's easy to slip on the preftige-blinders

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Re: Berkeley($$$) vs. Columbia

Postby WhiskeynCoke » Mon Mar 02, 2015 4:18 pm

Atmosphere wrote:
Mack.Hambleton wrote:how are you graduating debt free


I don't want to get into specifics, but my tuition is handled at Berk, and my family has agreed to help me with rent and CoL.


Also, thanks to everyone in this thread, sometimes it's easy to slip on the preftige-blinders


WTF? How did you manage to get a full ride from those cheap SOBs? Answer here is Boalt by a mile.

Columbia has NO advantage over B on the west coast. If anything, the reverse is true.

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Re: Berkeley($$$) vs. Columbia

Postby SLS_AMG » Mon Mar 02, 2015 5:38 pm

WhiskeynCoke wrote:
Atmosphere wrote:
Mack.Hambleton wrote:how are you graduating debt free


I don't want to get into specifics, but my tuition is handled at Berk, and my family has agreed to help me with rent and CoL.


Also, thanks to everyone in this thread, sometimes it's easy to slip on the preftige-blinders


WTF? How did you manage to get a full ride from those cheap SOBs? Answer here is Boalt by a mile.

Columbia has NO advantage over B on the west coast. If anything, the reverse is true.


This. And while I understand that Columbia is probably slightly more prestigious than Berkeley, it's not like you're choosing between Columbia and some random second- or third-tier school. You're choosing between two top-10 schools.

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Re: Berkeley($$$) vs. Columbia

Postby rpupkin » Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:20 pm

Atmosphere wrote:
I haven't heard back from H/S, but am still holding out hope, does that answer stay the same in regards to these schools as well?

Yes, unless H/S offers you significant need-based aid.

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Re: Berkeley($$$) vs. Columbia

Postby sheishkabob » Tue Mar 03, 2015 7:14 pm

Atmosphere wrote:
Mack.Hambleton wrote:how are you graduating debt free


I don't want to get into specifics, but my tuition is handled at Berk, and my family has agreed to help me with rent and CoL.


Also, thanks to everyone in this thread, sometimes it's easy to slip on the preftige-blinders


Wait, what? I thought that Berkeley hasn't given any scholarships, matching or otherwise (correct me if I'm wrong??). Did a financial aid officer accidentally murder a member of your family or something?

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Re: Berkeley($$$) vs. Columbia

Postby Atmosphere » Tue Mar 03, 2015 7:31 pm

sheishkabob wrote:
Atmosphere wrote:
Mack.Hambleton wrote:how are you graduating debt free


I don't want to get into specifics, but my tuition is handled at Berk, and my family has agreed to help me with rent and CoL.


Also, thanks to everyone in this thread, sometimes it's easy to slip on the preftige-blinders


Wait, what? I thought that Berkeley hasn't given any scholarships, matching or otherwise (correct me if I'm wrong??). Did a financial aid officer accidentally murder a member of your family or something?


you're not wrong, and no, not that I know of haha

Edit: I'm sorry to be so cryptic, but I can't out myself.

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Re: Berkeley($$$) vs. Columbia

Postby robertrulez » Wed Mar 04, 2015 1:34 pm

cal vet tuition waiver?

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Re: Berkeley($$$) vs. Columbia

Postby Shaggier1 » Sun Mar 08, 2015 11:57 pm

Seriously who voted for Columbia? Who would let the (seriously marginal) prestige at play here compel them to make such a wildly irresponsible financial decision. Do you know how quickly the juice runs on $275,000?

For the love of God, go to Berkeley. Even if you decide halfway through 1L that you want to work in New York, it is the right call. I had offers are three V10 firms in New York after placing in top 25% at Berkeley my 1L year. I had never lived or worked in New york prior to OCI.

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Re: Berkeley($$$) vs. Columbia

Postby transferror » Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:17 am

Shaggier1 wrote:For the love of God, go to Berkeley.


This is TCR, even if you get HYS + aid. Berkeley with no debt = the tits.

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Re: Berkeley($$$) vs. Columbia

Postby drumstickies » Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:21 am

Easily Berkeley. There are people here who have turned down Columbia, even with aid, because they want to target the west coast.

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Re: Berkeley($$$) vs. Columbia

Postby UnicornHunter » Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:23 am

jbagelboy wrote:
banjo wrote:Easy. Berkeley over H/S/C at sticker.




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