Thank you for your response. I can definitely see where you are coming from with regards to all of the amenities that USD is offering you, and to be honest, you should choose the place where you feel most "at home." I can certainly understand that if you went to a private undergrad, you'll want to experience the same level of interaction with your professors and stay truly connected to the institution where you will spend most of your waking hours. If you are looking for everything that you described at USD, then by all means, don't go to UCLA. UCLA's resources are not confined to one building-- they are all over the Center for Health Sciences and even across the street into Med Plaza. As so, your learning will occur at many places, including other affiliated hospitals. I guess my take on the classes is biased because I went to Berkeley for undergrad and I'm used to working hard to be close with my professors and to get the most out of the classes. Nothing has ever been handed to me and I've had to learn to network, speak up, and really take a proactive approach to find great things in life. In my current job, all of these skills have helped me be very successful. I do want to say, however, that because my boyfriend (a med student) is a TA for the nursing students at UCLA, I find out about the interaction between the students and the professors there and it all seems to work well. The professors really do care about their students and they go the extra mile to help the students learn. You must remember that UCLA is a research institution, not a teaching one. In other words, it is safe to say that almost all professors there are working on original research and not there to teach per se. Yes-- you might get stuck with professors that can't teach (every once in a while), but in general you will be exposed to so many brilliant minds throughout your time there, that it will be invigorating, inspiring, and will actually have an impact the level of self-efficacy you feel. You may not get this at USD. I've noticed in my job at the hospital that the nurses who really move forward and rise to the top are those who can be strong in the clinic and in the research lab. In other words, if you're a great nurse on the wards, it gets you kudos, but if you are a great nurse on the wards AND can collect, analyze, and present data about how something you are doing changes the level of care you are providing, then that gets you twice the kudos because you are actively contributing to the field and spreading valuable knowledge. All in all, there is a reason that UCLA is the place where the sickest of the sickest come. They don't go to USD by all means (that is, if they have a hospital). UCLA is not going to baby you or anyone else. They will give you a lot of bang for a little buck. Sure--your co-worker is right. A lot of PH classes were taught with powerpoint and some of the professors were disorganized. However, the information was valuable and applicable to the workplace. And who can disagree with the fact that her degree carries a lot of weight? However, we cannot compare the PH school with the nursing schooll. They are TOTALLY different. All in all, UCLA is great if YOU squeeze the most you can out of it. Many students just take classes and go home. They become disappointed when the system doesn't hand them something on a sliver platter. This is a time in life to work hard and be humble and not to feel like we are so intelligent and priviledged that UCLA is below us. (Wake up and smell the coffee girl--it's UCLA!) This is the sense that I've gotten from students who have resented UCLA. The reality is--we know very little and having degrees behind our names right now is not an indication that we can chill out and wait for the nursing schools to offer us everything. Have you ever stopped to think why so many of those private nursing schools try so hard to lure you in? APU tried that with me, but when I mentioned it to my colleagues, they weren't impressed. I'd much rather take my money where the professors had to work their minds off to get there and not where they have the best fake cadavers and pristine classrooms. I really like our discourse and don't mean to sound rude at all. These are just my personal thoughts. I do understand your POV completely. You sound cool and I hope we end up as classmates. However, in the end, you should listen you what you GUT tells you. What does that inner voice say?? (By the way, I forgot to mention that I love the professors I work with and yes, I feel like I belong and like there is someone there to help should I need to reach out at some point).