I just got off the waitlist (yay!) for Berkeley into the nutritional sciences major into the Changemakers program. I SIR’d to Davis as a pharmaceutical chemistry major. I plan on attending medical/pharmacy school later, and right now I am deciding between Berkeley and Davis Regents.
Berkeley is clearly higher in ranking, academics, prestige, faculty, research, and resources, but Davis I got regents at (30k, priority class registration, UHP, etc).
Some of my concerns about Berkeley are:
- Grade deflation; Berkeley is infamous for grade deflation, and a low GPA is horrible for applying for med/pharm school.
- Nutrition sciences major; I am in the Rausser College of Natural Resources want to change my major, but isn’t it hard to change majors at UCs?
- Changemakers program; I am skeptical because it is a new program and don’t know if it’s better or worse than the original pathway.
- Environment; Oakland can be a lot more dangerous in comparison to Davis.
Do you guys have any ideas or insights about my situation? Will Berkeley be more worth it than Davis in the long-run? Thank you!