So I'm in the middle of deciding whether I will go to UCLA or Berkeley. A substantial factor in my decision is the GPA. If the same exact student would theoretically go to Berkeley and get a 3.0, what would be the comparable GPA at UCLA? (from what I heard, UCLA's GPA should be higher, but how much higher?)
Also, would a recruiter (job/grad school) rather see Berkeley + lower GPA or UCLA + higher GPA?
Maybe I'm just strongly misguided, but any input would be invaluable. Thanks!
Applied mathematics is good at both schools and both are highly competitive but a degree from Berkeley in the applied mathematics field carries more weight than from LA. You can't go wrong with either. They're both amazing schools. Both are awesome but Berkeley is simply known to be one of the best in the nation for it's math and engineering.
why do you care about rankings? its about what you do with your life if you want to be successful. As far as I know, my uncle hired a person from Calstate long beach for aerospace engineering position over a Stanford graduate because the csulb person had more internships, work experience, and skillfully tested better than the stanford graduate for that job. Youre wrong if you think you have to choose a school based on rankings to that extent.
kaizera15 is exactly correct. it's where you want to be. like i said earlier, you cannot go wrong at either school and i know rankings are not a basis to make a decision on but according to wikipedia (yeah not a "reliable source") "The 2011 Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked Berkeley 4th in the world and the United States and 2nd in California. In terms of "fields", Berkeley is ranked 2nd in Natural Sciences and Mathematics, 3rd in Engineering/Technology and Computer, 4th in Social Sciences, 15th in Life and Agricultural Sciences, and 29th in Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy. In its "subject" ranking, Berkeley is ranked 2nd in Chemistry, 3rd in Mathematics, 3rd in Computer Science, 4th in Economics/Business, and 5th in Physics." those rankings are very vague, but UCLA and Berkeley are close. Berkeley's name just carries a bit more weight overall because it's known as the "public ivy." Overall, you cannot go wrong either way. just go with the place that you feel most comfortable, the place where you feel like you could be successful in the future. you cant go wrong either way
Yes, and he is at UCLA. It not the school or the degree that gets you the job...YOU get the job. How well YOU do, what kinds of internships YOU do while at school, what kind of work experience YOU get...if you do well at either of these schools and are a self starter, motivated, likable, intelligent person you will be fine. A recruiter is more interested in YOU, not the school! So go where you feel more comfortable. My daughter is a senior at UCLA and loves it and is very sad to be leaving soon. The Berkeley campus and the UCLA campus are pretty different in terms of campus feel, weather, and surrounding areas. Does one feel right to you? Forget rankings...so ridiculous. You will do better where you are happier.