<p>sorry, but i don't. I've generally heard this argued by people who simply go on their preconceived notions, but i've yet to see any evidence for it. Grad schools don't distinguish between probably all the UCs (maybe with the exception of merced) and if you're going into the workforce you'd probably have little advantage. UCLA's name recognition only caries significant power internationally. In the states, in the job market at least, the UCs are still state schools and in general would be seen as inferior to those of the ivies or the top-tier non ivies (e.g. Caltech, MIT, UChicago, etc.) unless the programs that the UCs offered were seen as top in their field (e.g. berkeley for computer science/engineering)</p>
<p>as counterintuitive as it may seem, for employers there'd be little difference between UCI and Cal/UCLA unless it was in a specialty program (e.g. UCLA for film, or UCB for Eng/CS)</p>
as been said UCLA and Berkeley carry recognition outside of California that none of the other UC's do.
<p>sure, but that still doesn't mean much when they're compared with other schools like caltech, stanford, harvey-mudd, etc. There's plenty of good schools everywhere, with higher endowments, and smaller class sizes, more rigorous programs, more research opportunities, and equal quality professors as the UCs.</p>
<p>Sure more people may know of UCLA than, let's say, Dartmouth. That doesn't mean that UCLA is a better school than Darthmouth though, even if it caries the name recognition that Dartmouth lacks.</p>