With the deadline to commit looming, I still haven't been able to decide between WashU and Berkeley. I would really appreciate if you guys could help me out! Here are my main deciding factors as well as pros/cons I have for each school:
1. Psychology Major - I'm planning on majoring in Psychology, and I know both schools have great Psychology programs. However, if anyone knows more about what it's like to study Psychology at WashU, I'd love to hear you insights! In particular, I really want opportunities to participate in research.
2. Academic Flexibility - On top of Psych, I also want to double major or do a major and minor, either in something business related or in a language (maybe even double major and a minor, which I know can be done at WashU!). I know WashU is really flexible academically so this is definitely a pro for WashU for me.
3. Reputation - I am an international student and plan on returning to my home country upon graduation. Unfortunately, WashU is relatively unknown here, and I am afraid that it will negatively impact my job search. In contrast, Berkeley has a great reputation, and everyone I know seemed very impressed that I had gotten into Berkeley, and were surprised that I was even considering WashU.
4. Community - Is there a strong sense of community at WashU? I guess this is a pro for WashU since it's quite a lot smaller than Berkeley, and having visited it really felt very friendly and intimate. Any more information and opinions would be appreciated. I'm kind of scared of being really lonely.
5. Study Abroad Programs - I definitely want to study abroad (probably in France), so it would be nice to learn more about study abroad. Do a lot of students do it? Are the programs run by WashU or by affiliate schools? Are credits easily transferable?
6. Credit Transfer - I did the IB Diploma and also took college courses over the last two summers at Harvard and Cornell, will I get credits for IB and will my college credits from the summer programs be transferable?
7. Location - What is there to do around the school? Is it safe? I've heard pretty negative things about safety in both St. Louis and Berkeley.
8. MATH - This is a little silly but I really despise math and I'd love to be able to opt out of doing it in college/take a really easy course. Is that possible (given my choice of major)?
9. I'd appreciate any other thoughts and opinions regarding either of the schools, and which school you think I should choose. Thanks in advance for your help!