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Starting off, I'm a future EECS major (or EE). Hopefully some of you can dispel my concerns and help me pick my college!
UCLA: I love the place, my favorite out of the three in terms of environment. The students are all hardworking, yet they are not workaholics. However, the EE department seems like its still developing, and the faculty aren't as strong as say, UCB.
UCB: I know, world class EECS department. Top professors. Incredibly liberal setting. This seems like a good choice, except that I dislike the environment of it all. I'll be put among workaholics in a type of cutthroat academic rigor. When I go to college, I plan to work hard, but I'd like to get maximum returns for my hard work.
Rice: I'm not sure about this one. The plus is that I'll get the most attention out of this school. However, the students there seem to be not as bright as those at Berkeley and I feel like I won't fit in. When I stayed there, my experience was awkwardly hanging around with some pot smokers and going to a party. Not exactly what I'm looking for. Also, the faculty research seems to be rather insignificant compared to what's going on in the other two.
Also, I am interested in graduate school after my undergraduate education.