Well, now that it's all gone down, it's still down to these two choices for me.
bfollinprm wrote:They're close enough that for me it would require a visit to both schools to break the degeneracy.
I've been to UCSD and San Diego in general several times and overall I like it. I have yet to hear much about JHU, but I've had a lot of contact with one faculty member who is well respected and with whom I would be working. I am interested in opinions on their new joint venture with princeton, IQM, and what sorts of involvement JHU grad students have... I'm visiting the school in a week and a half.
bfollinprm wrote:Though, quality of life speaking, I can say... ...prepare to be broke, since the cheapest place I could find was 1200/1BR, or at least 800 to share a room.
I currently live somewhere on par with the expenses of SD/la jolla, so I'm not worried about that. I will go from being income neutral to having some income, so for my wife(a nurse) and I, our quality of life will improve rather significantly at either location...
Mostly what I am interested in is the general opinion of these institutions with regard to grad student life/outcomes as well as CMT prestige. e.g. does either place have particularly nasty quals and drops students or profs that are impossible to deal with, does one have better lead into academia/industry, etc. Basically the info that I can't find via google/wikipedia/etc.