I've been accepted to UCSD computer science(Warren College) and am awaiting my decision to the university of Toronto(Trinity College) for Computer science. I should be admitted and this leads to the important decision of choosing the right university.
I'm an international student so will be paying roughly the same amount to either place and thankfully, finances are not a problem.
I'm also planning to minor in economics(unrealistic, but i could try).
1) The academics. Which would provide the best Computer Science education? U of T is ahead in all the rankings i have seen, but not by much. UCSD normally places at around 15 and U of T at 10. But i'd still like to hear from students from both institutions if they are happy with what they are getting.
2) Internship opportunities: U of T provides the Professional experience year(PEY) program which consists of a 12-16 month paid professional internship. It's almost like a co-op and sounds like an excellent program(would provide great real world experience before entering the job market). Compared to this, what are the internship opportunities at UCSD?
3) What's the job scene like? UCSD is a growing tech hub so it shouldn't be too difficult to bag a good job provided i do well. But take into consideration that internationals have to go through the entire H1-B hassle after 1 year of work, while in canada, internationals can work up to 3 years after graduating without any special visa. But i've got no idea about the job scene in toronto or neighboring canadian cities.
3.5) Prestige: A few of you must have cringed at the sight of that word. haha
this is not a deciding factor but i'd still like to know.=P
Would a degree from toronto illicit a "wow" or at the very least a "cool" response?
And which of the two would be considered more prestigious?
4) and obviously since you only got to uni once(for undergrad at least), which place is more fun? The lively, cold city of toronto, or the laid back warmer So Cal?
I am leaning towards Toronto, but any arguments for or against this decision would be appreciated.