Re: March 2012 Imperial College London Interview
Congratulations Synxervious and Wannie, the universities you got in are fine, they are among the top in the world. How you perform in the future will greatly depend on you rather than which one of the (among the) top universities you go to.
As for as UCB, it is much better than Yale, Chicago ... for science and engineering courses. It has very strong graduate schools. The only draw back of UCB is the large undergraduate population, but if you you are self motivated you should do well. You are going there to learn, not looking for a good baby sitter! Unless your choice is between UCB and Harvard/Stanford/MIT/Caltech (among the American Universities) and you are a very strong student, the choice should be UCB unless you get very generous funding from some of the others. I know there are people who choose Priceton, Yale, CMU ... over UCB, but you should not feel bad. UCB is known to be competitive and some students on the medical track are worried about the grades in UCB may affect their chance to get into a top medical school later on.
As far a liberal arts versus non liberal arts college is concerned, Harvard and Stanford are not typical liberal arts college, they have top science/math/engineering departments too. If you are into performance arts, you will want to go to Harvard or Stanford not MIT or Caltech eventhough there are exceptions in MIT or Caltech. There is also a strong start up culture among the student population in these universities.
Regarding Chem E, Caltech is very strong in Chem E, but there are very few Malaysian Undergraduates at Caltech. However, it could be a good choice for graduate school.