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The University of California - Berkeley

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Date: Mar 09 2009
Major: Chemistry (This Major's Salary over time)
The problem I had with Berkeley is that they put too much attention on their graduate (chemistry) program (which is not surprising because they are consistently ranked #1), and not enough on their undergraduate program. I had a hard time finding a professor who would accept me into his/her group to do undergraduate research. I ended up not having any undergraduate research experience at Cal (thankfully I interned at a company so I had research experience to show when I applied to grad school). Basically just from completing all the course work required for the BS degree, I left Berkeley feeling somewhat inadequate in my training and not entirely ready to join the industry as a BS chemist.

I went to UCLA for my PhD, and from my interaction with the undergrads there, mostly as a TA, I got a pretty good impression of their chemistry undergraduate program. Their program is much more comprehensive and I feel that the chemistry undergraduates there get a much more well-rounded education. The professors are also more enthusiastic about taking in undergrads into their group.

Basically, if I get to do it again, knowing what I know now, I would have gone to UCLA for undergrad, and then apply to Berkeley for grad school.

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