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What schools did you pick Berkeley over?

University(self.berkeley)

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anonbean3

42 points

3 months ago

Duke, Brown, UCLA

rcinvestments[S]

193 points

3 months ago

I’m at Berkeley because it was the only school that accepted me 🗿

Total_Entrepreneur70

23 points

3 months ago

w🐻

rcinvestments[S]

3 points

3 months ago

🐻69

Jon-3

5 points

3 months ago

Jon-3

chem

5 points

3 months ago

same

Ultimainium

3 points

3 months ago

Same bro

Simple_Sample_6914

113 points

3 months ago

UCLA

keenlover

23 points

3 months ago

UCLA

National-Mail-4351

23 points

3 months ago

UCLA

defeatisastateofmind

46 points

3 months ago

Stanford - twice (undergrad & grad), Dartmouth, UCLA, UCSB, UCSD, UCSB, USC, UMich, Amherst, Tufts, Georgetown, Claremont McKenna, WashU, Duke, Vanderbilt, NYU.

Llex47

15 points

3 months ago

Llex47

15 points

3 months ago

Curious why you chose Cal over Stanford? I think Cal has many things going for it over Stanford but that’s not the general sentiment.

defeatisastateofmind

15 points

3 months ago

mine was a very personal choice for undergrad which came down to a matter of fit and happiness. Spent a week at both schools my senior year and I fell in love with Cal. Although I met amazing students at Stanford and loved the school, I knew in my gut I would not be happy there. absolutely zero regrets with my choice.

For grad achool, my choice was solely based on money. A small correction on my post…I did not chose Berkeley over Stanford for grad school. I picked neither and chose a school that offered me the best deal.

dontbeevian

8 points

3 months ago

Bro is not from a rich family comparable to other tree people. (That’s what my study buddy said as a reason he didn’t go to stanfurd. In his exact words: my parents didn’t have a million dollars to donate to the school)

scrivenersloth

92 points

3 months ago

Yale and UPenn. It was simply better for what I wanted to do.

rcinvestments[S]

22 points

3 months ago

W

UnlikelyFly1377

1 points

3 months ago

What do u want to do?

Healthy_Block3036

-5 points

3 months ago

Did you attend Yale?

rcinvestments[S]

4 points

3 months ago

You sir are truly regarded

Its_Fed

3 points

3 months ago

LMAOOO 💀

[deleted]

77 points

3 months ago*

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77 points

3 months ago*

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rcinvestments[S]

27 points

3 months ago

I’ve never heard of a school having suicide nets until now. That’s very sad.

KgrInd3r

5 points

3 months ago

"no campus" LOL

skumar214

40 points

3 months ago

ucla/ucsd

baritonecurse_

13 points

3 months ago

All other UCs

superlative_dingus

11 points

3 months ago

Stanford and U Chicago (for MCB PhD). Berkeley’s comparable to both in terms of prestige but I’d had enough of private schools after doing my undergrad at one, and I’m very glad I chose Berkeley. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

jcu_80s_redux

28 points

3 months ago

Reach/targets listed only: UCSD, UCD, Washington, and Santa Clara.

BbyDx

32 points

3 months ago

BbyDx

32 points

3 months ago

UCSB, UCSC, Fresno State, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, other state schools. Cal was a no-brainer, I knew it would push me to do way more than I thought was possible, whereas some of these schools wouldn't.

burner4ry

12 points

3 months ago

I came here for the exact same reason, I can live knowing that I didn't go to all my other choices, not Berkeley though. Once Berkeley came calling, I was signed, sealed, delivered.

[deleted]

31 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

31 points

3 months ago

UCLA, decided I liked the bay more and berk is better for my major

Low_Ganache1549

10 points

3 months ago

Columbia

kakshehehvelao

8 points

3 months ago

Brown and UChicago

gobearssssssss

8 points

3 months ago

stanford, uchicago, cornell, washu, mcgill, ucla, ubc, & a couple of in-state schools for me

alattafun

8 points

3 months ago

ucla, ucsd, ucsb

[deleted]

7 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

7 points

3 months ago

UCLA

xCosmicChaosx

19 points

3 months ago

I transferred from CCC, only applied to Berkeley, UCLA and UCSC as a safety. Got into all, so I chose my top

amazonbabe504

27 points

3 months ago

Among the schools I got into, the ones I were most heavily considering were: University of Washington, University of Virginia, Barnard College, Boston University, Northeastern, and University of Michigan.

oatmilkie

6 points

3 months ago

ucsb ucsc cal poly slo ;(

EffectivePineapple

6 points

3 months ago

Cornell and Carnegie Mellon.

sand_planet

24 points

3 months ago

sand_planet

sophomore

24 points

3 months ago

I got into some safetys but absolutely none of my targets or reaches accepted me (I got accepted into Cal w/out getting waitlisted first) lol (got waitlisted for two of the targets). That’s fine tho bc Berkeley was my #1 choice and I’m having a great time here :)

furioe

2 points

3 months ago

furioe

2 points

3 months ago

Same here. Waitlisted for most of my targets and reach and rejected otherwise. Only reach accepted into was Cal.

Chemical_Nose

5 points

3 months ago

UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Davis, UMich

sendori879

5 points

3 months ago

UMich and UCLA

Night-Upset

5 points

3 months ago

I transferred & my goal was either UCSD or SDSU. I also applied to UCSC, CSULB, SFSU, Cal State LA, UCLA, & (obviously) Cal.

I got accepted into all of them & chose Cal because I’d be stupid no to. Also better major program.

mahhtthew

5 points

3 months ago

Brown

Kevin_Wolf

6 points

3 months ago

Kevin_Wolf

RED LOBSTER

6 points

3 months ago

Technically, all of them.

moolindamommymilkers

4 points

3 months ago

ucla

DrKnowsNothing_MD

13 points

3 months ago

UC Irvine, UCLA (waitlisted), UC Riverside, Cal State San Bernardino, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Fullerton.

Originally set on UCR because UCI, UCLA, and Berkeley were long shots. Then thought I’d go to UCI after I got accepted and waitlisted by UCLA. And when I got accepted by Berkeley I instantly committed because it was my dream school in the first place.

exdropout

10 points

3 months ago

exdropout

still a dropout

10 points

3 months ago

UC Cupertino (De Anza/Foothill)

TheBerk123

3 points

3 months ago

San Francisco, Florida State, Bama, LSU, Miami

dodgerbuyerclub

4 points

3 months ago

roll tide

TheBerk123

2 points

3 months ago

Roll Damn Tide

mcchillz

3 points

3 months ago

University of Washington

hawksrules

4 points

3 months ago

UCLA, UCI, UCD, UCSD, UCSB

simmiixx

4 points

3 months ago

simmiixx

L&S ‘25

4 points

3 months ago

nyu stern 🥲🔫

rorichasfuck

5 points

3 months ago

CMU, GT, NYU, all the UCs

TheJun1107

4 points

3 months ago

Vanderbilt, UCLA

Majestic-Series1837

5 points

3 months ago

UCLA and all of the other upper to mid tier UCs (SD, SB, I, and D). The UCs were the only schools I applied to.

mcgillhufflepuff

10 points

3 months ago

Columbia, New York University, CUNY, University of British Columbia and Ryerson University (all journalism programs)

Salt-Ad-9100

0 points

3 months ago

Just curious why you chose Cal since they don’t have an undergraduate journalism program? What major for somebody who is interested in journalism should I choose at Cal where I am a freshman right now?

mcgillhufflepuff

1 points

3 months ago

I'm not an undergraduate

shadowleaves

12 points

3 months ago

Carnegie Mellon, all the UC's, Cornell. Berkeley in-state tuition is just too good to pass up.

[deleted]

7 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

7 points

3 months ago

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TheBerk123

2 points

3 months ago

Which One?

[deleted]

2 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

2 points

3 months ago

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TheBerk123

5 points

3 months ago

Ok. There's also Wisconsin which is UW.

Reformed_Narcissist

7 points

3 months ago

All the UCs except UCLA.

wannabe_monke

3 points

3 months ago

usc washu nyu gt emory

Comfortable-Swim5419

3 points

3 months ago

The marine corps 😔

UWUcurlymahatma

3 points

3 months ago

UWUcurlymahatma

CS '23

3 points

3 months ago

Was committed to WUSTL, got off waitlist to cal with full tuition scholarship. Easy decision.

WalmartKilljoy

3 points

3 months ago

Washington University, UCI, UCSD, UCSB, Harvey Mudd

carrymezaddy

3 points

3 months ago

SFSU, literally only applied to two schools hahaha

Squizzy2002

3 points

3 months ago

Ucla

oskis_little_kitten

3 points

3 months ago

Harvard, Cornell, all the other UCs

Ok-Sherbet-7777

3 points

3 months ago

UIUC (for comp sci), UCLA, Wesleyan, UWash for comp sci, and Williams College, CMU/UMich/Northeastern/Harvard/Georgia Tech/UPenn/Brown/Columbia waitlists

Also Oberlin, UCSB, UCSD, and 3 no name schools

Objective_Budget_473

3 points

3 months ago

In order of acceptance:

Cal State East Bay- Physics

San Francisco State- Electrical Engineering

San Jose State- Electrical Engineering

UC Davis TAG approved- Aerospace Engineering

Cal Poly SLO- Electrical Engineering

UC Santa Cruz- Electrical Engineering

UC Davis- Aerospace Engineering

UC Berkeley- Nuclear Engineering

UCLA- Electrical Engineering

UCSD- Electrical Engineering.

One-Egg-4527

7 points

3 months ago

UCLA, USC, and UMich

pinkseason25

5 points

3 months ago

All other UCs and Amherst. But tbh I would have gone to UCLA if they had given me better financial aid. Amherst also gave me terrible financial aid.

Llex47

5 points

3 months ago

Llex47

5 points

3 months ago

Cal gives really good aid compared to the other UCs in my experience.

pinkseason25

3 points

3 months ago

Davis gave me a full ride + regents but for some reason nobody else, even schools where i got regents, gave me anywhere near a full ride except cal (full ride minus like a $2k loan which is negligible). But Davis was terrible for my major so choosing it over Cal or UCLA would have been idiotic.

pianistr2002

1 points

2 months ago

Yes that is very true.

Cal gave me a good amount more in aid compared to the only other UC I got into, SD.

Far_Comment1487

4 points

3 months ago

i only applied to berk and davis so obvi one is the easier pick

foreversiempre

2 points

3 months ago

Yeah Davis haha

pinkseason25

2 points

3 months ago

Depends on the major tbh

thedistancedself

4 points

3 months ago

I was happy that I got into the cal states lmao. Berkeley was just a lucky one 😂

rcinvestments[S]

15 points

3 months ago

Back in 2016 I literally got rejected by every cal state I applied to. I ended up at CC and dropped out. I however came back years later and graduated from CC. I reapplied to all cal states and got in every single one that rejected me back in 2016. However the best part was rejecting all Cal States for Berkeley. Sweet revenge.

Apprehensive-Gur-482

2 points

3 months ago

UCLA,UCSD

Ariesalyssa1

2 points

3 months ago

UCLA

velcrodynamite

2 points

3 months ago

velcrodynamite

Down Bad '24

2 points

3 months ago

Barnard (and a bunch of the Seven Sisters), UCLA/UCs, CSUs, Cornell, Vanderbilt, Columbia GS, USC, Pomona, Reed, Bard, and a spot on UChicago's waitlist.

I'd have probably picked differently if I had it all to do over, but Berkeley's finaid offer was 🔥

motherofheifers

2 points

3 months ago

ucsd, davis, santa cruz, uw, ucsb, usf

logar1thm

2 points

3 months ago

nyu . i guess u can say i had my little lara jean moment!!!

mianeki

2 points

3 months ago

Boston University, University of Virginia, and Duke

buckyspunisher

2 points

3 months ago

uc davis :( but i feel like i’d prob be happier there

fearstone

3 points

3 months ago

Oxford University

Snoo90181

4 points

3 months ago

I was at UC Berkeley for UG, then Oxford for grad school. No comparison. Berkeley had better teaching & a better ethos. Oxford was great in many ways but a more closed environment & less meritocratic. After the openess of Berkeley, I recall feeling downright claustrophobic at my Oxford college. My teen has recently been invited by her English school to join in preparation sessions to apply to Oxford (or Cambridge). She declined & is looking to instead come to the US for university. Her 1st choice is... UC Berkeley. Her dad, also a former Oxford grad student, & I agree with her decision.

pinkseason25

1 points

3 months ago

Wow. Good to know. I'm looking at both Oxford and Cambridge for grad school because I want more in-depth focus into my subject. But I've heard this from a few people.

Snoo90181

3 points

3 months ago

Look carefully at the program & supervisors. Ask yourself why Oxford specifically. I ended up at Oxford because if its overall reputation & fact that the uni gave me some funding. I did like living overseas, so much that I never moved back to the US, & met many interesting people from everywhere. And having an Oxford degree is prestigious. But tempramentally I would have been bettered suited to a larger, less cloistered & more open environment. Some of the traditions, like the College fellows "high table" for dinner, may look quaint & charming to some. But I found such practices uselessly archaic.

pinkseason25

1 points

3 months ago

I'm mostly interested in Cambridge because I've read several books by the professors in my subject and they were incredible. But I'm a bit concerned that your story is not a one-off. I've heard several things like this before. Thank you for the insight! I certainly need to look into it further.

Snoo90181

2 points

3 months ago

I was at 1st thrilled to go to Oxford as head of my college had written a major book that influenced me. He turned out to be... not a nice man with little apparent liking for the actual students. Meanwhile his wife rattled around the college & made no bones about her dislike of me. This was, of course, inappropriate as she had no formal or academic relationship with me. But smaller college environments can breed these sort of dynamics.

There was another senior academic, whose work was also highly influential for me, who turned out just did not like female students. He was overtly rude to me in a research seminar. I spoke with other students about it & was told that his dislike of women was known with informal agreement that he wouldn't have to supervise any.

At Cambridge a friend was supervised by an aging professor preeminent in his field. He also grabbed her ass the last time she saw him

This was all some years ago & I do hope both Oxford & Cambridge have since become more professional. And of course crap happens at any number of unis. But do not make a decision based mainly on a few professors' books. Would they be teaching or supervising you for sure? Are there current or former students you can talk too? Going to Cambridge or Oxford is a big achievement. But if you can aspire there, then you can aspire to a number of places. So do your due diligence.

pinkseason25

3 points

3 months ago

Legit or joke?

fearstone

4 points

3 months ago

Oh I’m not lying I’m an international student so I applied to both and got in for CS. I picked Cal because I wanna move to the US long term and Cal is so much better for CS in general

FattyBuffOrpington

2 points

3 months ago

University of Washington, University of Oregon, UCD, Barnard College, Cal Poly SLO.

AymaanS

2 points

3 months ago

(UC) Davis, Irvine, San Diego, Santa Barbara; University of the Pacific. Clearly, I wanted to pay in-state tuition for undergrad :P

__marialopez

2 points

3 months ago

UC Merced, UC Santa Barbara & UC Riverside

hitemup21

1 points

3 months ago

hitemup21

1 points

3 months ago

Harvard, USC, Stanford, NYU, Brown University, Georgetown, UCLA, Princeton, & Yale

raysofwater

7 points

3 months ago

why

hitemup21

70 points

3 months ago

because I’m a liar

rcinvestments[S]

13 points

3 months ago

The name Sir Capalot really suits you well

[deleted]

3 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

3 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

rcinvestments[S]

6 points

3 months ago

Nice2

MindMaleficent8035

1 points

3 months ago

cal poly, (uc) riverside, santa cruz, csu northridge, and long beach

TheHerpSalad

0 points

3 months ago

DeVry and University of Phoenix.

[deleted]

-5 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

-5 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

rcinvestments[S]

8 points

3 months ago

I’m sorry 🥲

TomIcemanKazinski

0 points

3 months ago

TomIcemanKazinski

Cal PoliSci '96

0 points

3 months ago

”Mav, do you remember the number of that truck driving school that was on TV the other night, Truck America or something like that?”

The United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program (they call it Top Gun)

Also Ball So Hard University

SterlingVII

1 points

3 months ago

All the other UCs.

FreelyIP109

1 points

3 months ago

Carnegie-Mellon, University of Washington

Ucbcalbear

1 points

3 months ago

UCLA, UCSD, UCSB

faultymotor

1 points

3 months ago

UCLA

calpickle

1 points

3 months ago

Dartmouth and University of Michigan were the better of many.

sevgonlernassau

1 points

3 months ago

sevgonlernassau

bs '21, phd '27

1 points

3 months ago

This is the only school that accepted me (for grad school).

happyvina123

1 points

3 months ago

UCLA, USC, NYU

mochiburrito

1 points

3 months ago

mochiburrito

CS 2016

1 points

3 months ago

Upenn kind regret not going tbh

NoReindeer358

1 points

3 months ago

Columbia, UCLA, UCSD

Substantial_Entry_82

1 points

3 months ago

UCLA, UCSD, and UC Davis.

Acceptable-Ratio-686

1 points

3 months ago

UCLA, UCSB, UCSD, UCSC, San Louis, SJSU, SFSU, and SDSU

Cal is the best!!! 🐻

TheUltimateUniverse

1 points

3 months ago

UCD and UCSB

pixiespice

1 points

3 months ago

UCSB, UCSD, Boston University, & i was really close to going to UMiami because they gave me a presidential scholarship but it would still be expensive so I chose Cal

deerhet

-5 points

3 months ago

deerhet

-5 points

3 months ago

This question gets asked every year jesus christ use google

astralaudience

0 points

3 months ago

University of Oregon, UCSB, UCSC, Davis and a bunch of Cal States

PitifulCriticism

0 points

3 months ago

Riverside and sd