It seems like I wasn't as amazed as others here, but maybe that's just because I already had really high expectations? I don't know...it was just solid, met my expectations in every way...the people and the more in-depth info I got backed up & was consistent with everything positive I have ever heard, everything they say/show in their collateral and just what I expect from Berkeley's general reputation that I've known all my life.
So the two things that I think matter the most (in my completely naive and uninformed opinion) are the people and the opportunities the school provides. Based on personal conversations and the speeches/talks of some I didn't have personal conversations with, the people are thoughtful, friendly, to-the-point & on point, and super, super, super enthusiastic about Boalt. And I didn't feel that in a selling-it-to-you way (when they overtly did that, they were clearly playing for laughs), but in a way that felt like they just really were glad to be there (whether as faculty or students).
The opportunities at Boalt seem great. I have spent a few months following these TLS threads and the occasional convos with pros and cons of the school. And notwithstanding my own bias toward it the whole time, it did sometimes make me worry whether B was really the choice for the best career possible. I guess that one little kernel of doubt did get erased this weekend. I feel really confident that graduates who have made the most of Boalt's resources have all the best opportunities available to them. Like I said, everything about these opportunities was stuff I had already read in their materials, but meeting people that had done and were doing all this just backed it up in a really consistent and confidence-inspiring way. All kind of ephemeral, but a very different feel from my other ASD so far.
Backtotheoldhouse, I assume the couple of oddball admits you met were the assholes to whom Dean Edley referred?