I'm transferring from a CCC as an English major and choosing between UCLA and UCB is really stressing me out. UCB was my first choice, but I truly did not think I would get accepted. But I did. Now I'm just really confused, because I started to like the idea of UCLA. I've read almost every thread regarding these two schools, but always end up with more questions than I began with.
1. Is the quarter system at UCLA *really* so much better than the semester system at UCB, or is this all based on personal preference? Is the semester system a leading cause of the infamous rigor Berkeley students face?
2. I've read that UCB graduates earn more per year than UCLA graduates. Is this because a degree from UCB looks better and will most likely land you a better job - or are these stats subjective?
3. Almost everyone seems to prefer UCLA - even those who have attended UCB in the past. Whenever I read news regarding UCB, the information tends to be negative and hints towards a long awaited decline in prestige. A lot of you are going to shake your head at this, but the primary reason for wanting to attend UCB was *because* of its high status. Is that even valid anymore? Would I be better off going to UCLA - where the education is just as stellar and less painful? I don't plan on pursuing my Master's. So the school I attend now is the end-all, be-all. However, my career path does favor people who have earned degrees from more "prestigious" universities.
Both are offering me a full ride, and both have relatively similar requirements to fulfill an English degree. I've had a lot of people tell me to simply choose the campus I like better, but I don't feel particularly drawn to either one (landscape wise). I've heard UCB is more conservative, and I definitely lean liberal, but I've heard UCB politics won't interfere with your school life unless you actively engage with that community. (Hoping this is true).
I've become neutral to both campuses instead of passionate towards either one...which sucks. I know I'm going to have an amazing experience no matter which school I choose, but I'm hoping someone can lend me some insight on which path I should choose based on my personal concerns.