Road Trip: Soaking in the Sun at Top Colleges In California

We toured some of California's top schools and found out what it's like to attend them.


Life in California isn't cheap in the best of times. Now, in the face of a crippling financial crisis, the state has drastically cut higher-education budgets, testing nerves and increasing the gloom in some of the sunniest or at least most laid-back spots in the land. We visited four schools, two public (Berkeley and San Francisco State) and two private (Stanford and Mills College), where the money crunch is being felt in very different ways.

California Road Trip:

• University of California—Berkeley
• Stanford University
• Mills College
• San Francisco State University

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