One of the things you can mention that contrasts highly with Berkeley is the student/teacher ratio since public schools in California are notorious for over populated classrooms. The fact that possibly a high percentage of students transfer from CCC's so the quality of the student body may be lacking at Berkeley. Additionally, there is almost no diversity at Berkely since almost every other person is asian, and over 70% of students are from California.
In Contrast, although I am too lazy to check my sources, I believe around 30% of Columbia students are actually from New York, and everyone else is spread from across the world. One thing I realized here in Columbia is that a few ( but not all) Community College transfers bring their "bad-habits" with them and, sadly, don't have much to contribute both academically, and socially to the GS community. From a GS ADCOMS perspective, a UCB student would further enrich the GS academic atmosphere.
Last edited by RandomAdmit; 10-22-2011 at 02:04 AM.