aside from the potentially cheaper tuition at UCLA (after the first year because i'm oos), what are people's thoughts about these two schools?
Regarding establishing CA residency, if I'm not mistaken, don't you need to work (>20K of income) and pay tax for at least a year, if you want to independently become a resident? I believe California is one of the stricter states on this.
From what students and faculty at UCLA have told me, students can become a CA resident after just one year. I also remember reading something on the UCLA website about it. No one ever mentioned having a job or paying taxes. I could be wrong though.
in terms of placement/prestige its basically a wash with regional bias. Obviously a lot more CA from UCLA and a lot more east/midwest in NW. As far as all that goes i doesnt matter much between these schools. Both are top 20 or however you want to quantify it. If it were me id go to the cheaper one. also note that UCLA with the UC budget crisis and impending tution hikes may not be that much cheaper as an IS. IS budget is about 210k for 4 years. thats very high for a "state" school...which is as im a cali resident and thats my "break" lol.thanks for replying everyone! i just came back from UCLA's second look. It's a pretty awesome school with a great curriculum. It's pretty heavy PBL wise as well so the schools aren't that different in that sense.
would someone mind commenting on the competitiveness of the two schools in terms of residency placement? I've seen the match lists but i'm never sure how to accurately interpret them.