<p>I purposely chose Cal and UCLA because they are extremely similar in every way, including strong physical science departments (and Engineering). :) </p>
<p>But your point about Engineering is probably not a good one: MIT, arguably numero uno in Engineering, has a higher than average mean gpa for med school admissions. In other words, kids at one of the most competitive science schools in the world are "devalued" gpa-wise for med admissions. Obviously, most of us woulda thunk just the opposite.</p>
It is academic rigor, not prestige, that is most likely to give a boost.
<p>Perhaps you have some statistics which disprove the MIT numbers?</p>
<p>btw: thanks for the catch; my post was unclear in that I did not mean to imply that the UC campuses had that kinda grade inflation (3.5). It was meant to suggest two equally rigorous colleges, such as one might find in the Ancient Eight, where gpa variances are close to .3 (Brown vs....xx).</p>