I am very much in the same boat as all of yas: namely, gotta choose that place you're gonna spend the next 5+ yrs of you life. One such place I am considering is Berkeley. Now, I have heard that Berkeley is "past its glory days", but then it still seems to land a lot of faculty positions for its grad students. What is your opinion on this institution? Does its prestige factor pale in comparison to the MITs and Princetons of the world, or are they all the same? One reason I am interested in this place is my love of the outdoors, and this is the only top-6 school that provides good access.