so my nephew officially got shut out of the UCs with today's Berkeley rejection. Looking for best fit for pre-med (Biology major I suppose, not sure). He's gotten acceptances to BU, UIUC, PSU, UW, and waitlisted for SDSU and UCD. (there might be others that he got accepted to, won't know until this weekend). Cost is not an issue at all, I don't think he got any merit from anywhere. His mom would prefer him to be in a big city with an international presence so I guess he's leaning towards BU or UW, although UIUC might be ok since my nephew went to BS in Illinois.
Any help would be appreciated as to which route to take. I know grades is the number one factor but I couldn't convince his mom that he should have applied to UC-Riverside.