If you look at the ratings of each of the Universities in California, Stanford ranks #1, then UCLA and Berkeley #2 and #3, then USC #4, then UCSD, UCI and UCSB are about #6 #7, and #8, with the Cal Poly Universities right there also. Yes, UCSD is a good university, but let's be honest--it doesn't have the nationwide or worldwide reknown of UCLA, just as UCLA doesn't have the worldwide reknown of Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Oxford.
I find that you should pick your school based upon both the education you can get, and the view of that school by others. From this point of view, I don't believe that UCSD is quite on par with UCLA. Having said that, I believe that UCSD has come a long way since it was founded, and is certainly the best school in the San Diego area. (no offense, SDSU and National Univ).
P.S. Someone else mentioned that you should only live in LA if you can be next to Beverly Hills or Bel-Air. Well, I guess I should point out that Bel-Air is across the street from UCLA, and Beverly Hills is less than 4 miles away.
Here's how UCLA compares to UCSD. This will tell you why I think UCLA is very slightly better overall, while based on this I would have to admit that UCSD definitely ranks better in the Medical Sciences.
UCLA’s international studies programs are among the most diverse of any American university, with 11 study centers outside the U.S. Nearly 3,300 scholars and scientists comprise the UCLA faculty, which includes five Nobel Laureates, more than 300 winners of Fulbright Scholarships, some 280 Guggenheim fellows, National Medal of Science recipients, MacArthur fellows, and members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine.
Programs Ranked in Top 10 nationwide in Faculty Quality: #3 Linguistics, #4 Physiology, #4 Psychology, #5 Sociology, #6 History, #6 Philosophy, #8 Geography, #8 Political science, #9 Anthropology, #9 Classics, #10 Aerospace engineering (tied with UCSD), #10 Chemistry, #10 Electrical engineering.
In the National Research Council’s, UCSD faculty was ranked 10th best in the nation. UCSD ranks 7th in the nation in National Academy of Sciences membership and Change Magazine ranks UCSD 7th in the nation in knowledge creation. Sixteen members of the UCSD faculty have won the Nobel Prize, nine of who are current faculty members. In addition, nine faculty members have received MacArthur Foundation “Genius” awards and 146 have been recipients of Guggenheim Foundation fellowships. UCSD faculty have also been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Fields Medal, National Humanities Medal, Balzan Prize, National Medal of Science, Kyoto Prize and the Enrico Fermi award, among others.
Programs Ranked in Top 10 nationwide in Faculty Quality:
- 1 Neurosciences, #1 Oceanography, #2 Biomedical engineering,
- 2 Physiology, #3 Pharmocology, #6 Genetics, #6 Geosciences
- 7 Cell and developmental biology, #9 Anthropology, #9 Biochemistry and molecular biology, #9 Political science, #10 Aerospace engineering (tied with UCLA), #10 Mechanical engineering
Thanks for posting all that Info.. they both seem awful good to me. Top notch academic institutions. I'd give UCLA the edge, it does certainly have wided-reaching reputation (but then again is that also maybe not a by-product of having Nationally ranked basketball, football and other athletic teams???).
I agree with:
- 1 Stanford
- 2 UC-Berkeley
- 3 UCLA
But I'm surprised that USC is ranked ahead of UCSD (although it should lose points for being in the ghetto).
Check out the US News & World report 2005 Rankings:
UCLA is tied for #25
UCSD is tied for #35
Both pretty impressive rankings considering all the universities in the country.
Thanks for the info--good source. I agree with your assessment.
As USC is UCLA's cross-town rival, obviously I think USC is overrated--except I guess in football (where they ranked first last year). Maybe that's how they got rated #30 nationwide.