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OP, you've already gotten a ton of good advice, so I really can't add much. I agree with the people who said you should visit the campuses and choose which one you think you'll be happy at, but also take prestige into consideration at least a little bit. Way back when I was a high school senior p ) I was accepted to Cal, UCLA, and UCD (I didn't apply to the others), and really didn't use the wisest criteria in choosing where to go. When I visited Berkeley, not a single student was smiling (it must have been midterm or finals time), and I decided not to go there largely based on that. I felt very welcome at Davis, on the other hand, and a lot of people were smiling and really friendly - plus they gave me a bunch of money - so I chose Davis. While I really enjoyed my time there, and still love UCD, I kind of wonder if things would have worked out differently had I gone to Cal.
Also, regarding UCSD - I took all my pre-med sciences there in one crazy postbac year. I could just be really unobservant, but I didn't think it was all that cutthroat, and it wasn't that hard to do well. It did seem like the students were a bit more scattered than they had been at UCD regarding where they lived, so it had a bit more of a commuter feel, but people were still very friendly.