catwomangirl wrote:Hey guys! Joining the party.
Any of you choosing between Berkeley and schools that are USNWR ranked higher? (I want to go to Berkeley, but there is nagging nagging guilt).
Kind of. I got into Michigan, which I think is technically a few places higher? Still, it's not Yale or Harvard, so I doubt those few points are enough to justify making a choice simply based on rank. Also, I was born and raised in Arizona and definitely would like to work on the West Coast. I guess I'm just worried cause Berk is a state school and California is bankrupt...
A big part of the recent tuition increase has been to make the school less reliant on the state coffers. I can't find the letter we got that outlined the target goal of support coming from the state but I think it was in the single digits percentages. Here is a blog that reprints an OpEd by Dean Edley about the issue as a whole. http://toodumbtolivearchive.blogspot.co ... nuary.html
As an added note, this year, when the regents unilaterally imposed a $1068 increase in fees, Dean Edley awarded every student a scholarship in that amount.
If you are concerned about the state economy because of secondary impacts for jobs, etc. that is a different issue. But I am somewhat optimistic that Gov. Brown's initiatives--while not popular--will get the state back on a sustainable fiscal path. I also think that the world's eighth largest economy should provide some resilience such that we won't turn into Greece.
My thought: if you want Berkeley, come to Berkeley. With very few career goal exceptions (e.g, SCOTUS Clerk) the differences just are not that great to pass on it.