I hope this isn't inappropriate, but I'm curious if any Michigan students chose Michigan over Berkeley, and whether you have any regrets OR whether there were particular things about Michigan that helped you make the decision. I could imagine myself going to Michigan and then, in January, dreaming of Cali weather. I know it sounds so ridiculous, but I am concerned about the potential regret factor, more so than if I decided to go to Berkeley, since I think I'd be happy at either place.
Having said that, I am weighing lots of other factors than weather, and would probably choose Michigan over Berkeley right now. But just want to see if people have a view on this from their own personal experience.
If it helps give some color about me -- I want to work in government, likely in NYC or DC, so I don't plan to stay in the Cali or midwest region post-grad.
I applied ED to Michigan, so I never got to see whether or not I would have made it into Boalt. If I hadn't applied ED, and I had made it into both, it would have been a really difficult decision. Both schools are equally awesome, IMO, and I think you'll be incredibly happy at either.
I do think Michigan has an edge over Boalt for NYC, but I'm not sure how significant that edge is. I think the decision comes down to visiting and seeing which vibe you like better. Michigan is a little more down to earth. I'm super liberal, but Berkeley is pretty extreme in that regard. Michigan is in a fantastic town and it's about as gorgeous as a school can be. Everyone is very friendly and the students are a tight-knit group. Berkeley has better weather, hands down. Also, it's nearer to cool places for weekend get-aways. These are somewhat trivial differences. You'll get a phenomenal education in a great environment either way.
Congrats on having to make the most awesome tough decision ever.