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Berkeley is an excellent place to go, but very large. Lot's of private places will do as well or better than Berkeley, but they tend to be very expensive. (Although some will cover you if you are low income.) Also, UC schools accept lots of transfers and most private schools don't.
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Going to a school that feds into PhD programs does matter. That would be true of both Berkeley and Northwestern. The advantage of a private school is that you will have a better opportunity to get to know faculty.

 

Really a more important question is "What are you doing while in community college to prepare for PhD admissions?"

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That's a good start. But add in top liberal arts colleges and many flagship state universities.

 

Don't misunderstand, you can get into a PhD program from any undergraduate program. But coming from a competitive undergraduate program helps, especially at the very, very top PhD programs.

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Sorry if my questions are unspecific but what undergraduate programs would be considered competitive for the very, very top PhD programs? Is it based on undergraduate prestige? Graduate school ranking? Or is it mostly case-by-case?

Yeah, undergraduate prestige and econ-grad school ranking. But while it's good to think about this remember that your record is much, much more important than the school you attend.

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Sorry if my questions are unspecific but what undergraduate programs would be considered competitive for the very, very top PhD programs? Is it based on undergraduate prestige? Graduate school ranking? Or is it mostly case-by-case?

 

Case by case.

Don't pick your college based on your perception of getting into a good PhD program.

Pick your college based on how it fits for you. Will you do better in a larger school or smaller school? How important is cost? Which schools have good undergraduate economics programs (i.e. lots of classes, taught by faculty, opportunities for research. etc.). Don't assume the best graduate programs have the best undergraduate programs.

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