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What are good colleges in Southern California?

chainiwatmjchainiwatmj Posts: 437Registered User Member
What are good colleges in Southern California and why you think they are good?
both public and private
anywhere in socal
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  • bruno14bruno14 Posts: 1,624Registered User Senior Member
    For what type of student? In or out of state?

    The schools in SoCal that I can think of off the top of my head:
    USC
    UCLA
    UCSD
    UCSB
    UC Irvine
    UC Riverside
    Claremont 5 (Pomona, Scripps, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Claremont McKenna)
    Occidental
    Pepperdine
    Chapman

    List of colleges and universities in Southern California - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  • bruno14bruno14 Posts: 1,624Registered User Senior Member
    For what type of student? In or out of state?

    The schools in SoCal that I can think of off the top of my head:
    USC
    UCLA
    UCSD
    UCSB
    UC Irvine
    UC Riverside
    Claremont 5 (Pomona, Scripps, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Claremont McKenna)
    Occidental
    Pepperdine
    Chapman

    List of colleges and universities in Southern California - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  • UCLA Band MomUCLA Band Mom Posts: 1,180Registered User Senior Member
    Pomona - top notch LAC
    Cal Tech - world class science and engineering
    Harvey Mudd - excellent undergraduate science and eng.
    UCLA - excellent everything
    UC San Diego - nationally recognized biomedical
    UC Irvine
    University of San Diego
    Claremont McKenna
    Occidental
    USC
  • sentimentGX4sentimentGX4 Posts: 1,679Registered User Senior Member
    How could anyone forget CalTech, the second best university in the state of California? :(
  • UCLA Band MomUCLA Band Mom Posts: 1,180Registered User Senior Member
    How could anyone forget CalTech, the second best university in the state of California?

    Why do you say that? There have only been two responders on this thread, as the first reply is a double post.
  • StevenfStevenf Posts: 621Registered User Member
    The Claremont Consortium is a renown group of five liberal arts colleges in Claremont, California:
    Pomona - the "star" of the Consortium, #9 on USNWR's list of Top Liberal Arts Colleges. More like a traditional Eastern liberal arts college (i.e. Williams, Middlebury) than Claremont McKenna.
    Claremont McKenna - Pomona's main rival, #11, a newer college with a focus in international relations and politics.
    Harvey Mudd - Another top 25 liberal arts college, it is renown for its science and engineering programs, definitely a place for a person looking for a PhD and rigorous study. Rumored to have little social life and the architecture's a bit drab.
    Scripps - the only women's college in the CC, I do not know much about it.
    Pitzer - the hippie college, it is newer and not as renown as its siblings. However, Pitzer students have the same opportunities as any other Claremont student, albeit an easier time in getting in.

    The UCs:
    UCLA - the second "flagship" of the UC system, #25 on USNWR National Universities. Renown for its programs in practically every field. Huge amount of students and suffering budget cuts like its sibling campuses.
    UC Irvine - Really high percentage of Asians. That's about all I know.
    UC Santa Barbara - A beautiful campus in Santa Barbara, it has great academics but is also known for being a party school.
    UC San Diego - the third top UC school, it is renown for its biomedical programs. Ugly campus, but in a very nice area (La Jolla, San Diego).
    UC Riverside - the UC with the highest acceptance rate and lowest amount of prestige.

    Occidental - a lovely campus in Eagle Rock, a suburb close to LA. A lot more limited in its opportunities than the Claremont Colleges (29 majors vs. 101), but a very good school nonetheless. If you are interested in staying near LA and have pretty good but not phenomenal stats, it is the premier liberal arts college in California.

    USC - UCLA's main rival, it is in a rather dumpy part of LA. It has a lovely campus and great athletics, with renown programs in its own right. Better at merit aid and fin aid than its sibling, and has a very strong alumni network. Still looked down at by some as "University of Spoiled Children". Phenomenal film school.

    Chapman - Do not know much about it.

    Pepperdine - a relatively good but expensive university located near the beach, it is known for its entertainment industry-related programs. Great for beachlovers.

    Caltech - the main rival of MIT, the California Institute of Technology is located in Pasadena, California. It is extraordinarily strong in all scientific areas, and competes heavily in ranking and prestige with its East Coast counterpart. Tough to get in and tough to succeed in.

    Those are the most renown in the area. Some others are:
    Loyola Marymount (another liberal arts school)
    University of LaVerne
    CalArts (a prestigous arts school)
  • chainiwatmjchainiwatmj Posts: 437Registered User Member
    Thanks everybody,
    I will do the research on every single one.
  • siliconvalleymomsiliconvalleymom Posts: 3,558Registered User Senior Member
    You could add the University of San Diego, a Catholic university.
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