Duke or Berkeley

<p>I've been accepted to both and am NOT a CA resident (will pay same amount as a private school). I've always loved Berkeley's vibe, but I hear that because of budget cuts, over-crowdedness, waitlists for classes, not enough student-teacher attention, and a bureaucratic administration, maybe Berkeley isn't the way to go.</p>

<p>I'll be a political science/English double major.</p>

<p>Please try to be objective, even if that means talking against your school.</p>

<p>(I've posted the same thread on the Cal forum).</p>

<p>Comes up a lot. Here's a search result.</p>

<p>College</a> Confidential - Search Results</p>

<p><a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/search.php?searchid=22552228%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/search.php?searchid=22552228&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p><a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-search-selection/285535-duke-vs-berkeley.html?highlight=Duke+Berkeley%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-search-selection/285535-duke-vs-berkeley.html?highlight=Duke+Berkeley&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Haha, the first two were mine.</p>

<p>I'll just plug in a quick note about why I ultimately chose Duke over Berkeley:</p>

<p>Size. Berkeley is awesome because of its large size, but I feels very easy to get lost in the shuffles of 30,000+ students. While its academics are pretty equal to Duke's, I felt the smaller size of Duke provided the more personal touch that I wanted.</p>

<p>Sorry I can't input much more, but just thought I'd add in my thought. :)</p>

<p>Thank you! Anything is appreciated! I agree about size. </p>

<p>That's what she said.</p>