<p>Strange comparison, i know.
I don't mean to sound presumptuous, but if it came down to it that I happened to be accepted to both schools, which do you think would be the best choice?? which would i be happier at? i'm a kinda optimistic person who likes to have fun and also be good at school.</p>
--I love the feel of California and plus, once my parents are settled there for 1 year, i would get in-state tuition
--Great, well-known name, great departments
--Good sciences and math</p>
--when i visited, i didn't LOVE it.
--Northern California is still kinda cold.
--Budget problems in UC system
--hippies? hahaa idk</p>
--GORGEOUS campus and spanish architecture
-welcoming student body, kinda quirky, #1 happiest students & best quality of life!!
--warm weather (though i hear August is unbearably humid)
--Houston is a lively city
--good for engineering and math
--IDK how much financial aid i'll be getting--i hear Rice is good for FA, but who knows?
Family income ~120 K
<p>What do you think i should go for? i'll probably want to study civil/mechanical Engineering, or law or Econ</p>