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Uc merced or uc davis!?

USCTennisUSCTennis Posts: 60Registered User Junior Member
Okay I do not know where to go, my options are uc merced or uc davis. I know what you guys must be thinking, UC Davis is a way better school than UC Merced, but the thing is that if i go to Merced then I would not have to take out any loans, and if I went to Davis i would have a big loan on my head. If i went to uc merced I would be staying with my parents since I live in merced, also I would be able to take classes at the CC while going to the uc, so i can finish quicker. A minor problem with uc merced is that they do not have my major, and was wondering if i would be able to transfer to another UC that had my major after I complete my lower division classes.
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Replies to: Uc merced or uc davis!?

  • XtremePowerXtremePower Posts: 1,661Registered User Senior Member
    Merced doesn't even have your major. So, going to Merced and transferring to another UC will be just too much hassle and waste of money. Either start and finish at Davis or attend CC and go to UC or CSU's. Between Davis and Merced, the difference is just too big.

    Why are you hesitating to take loans unless its a really high amount ? Is it less than 40k ?
  • USCTennisUSCTennis Posts: 60Registered User Junior Member
    I would have to take out 9000 every year if i went to davis. My parents just don't want me to take out loans because of how it stays with you for life.
  • USCTennisUSCTennis Posts: 60Registered User Junior Member
    I would have to take out 9000 every year if i went to davis. My parents just don't want me to take out loans because of how it stays with you for life
  • DeniseCDeniseC Posts: 905Registered User Member
    What is your desired major?
  • USCTennisUSCTennis Posts: 60Registered User Junior Member
    I want to do petroleum engineering, or actuarial science as a backup. either major i would be pleased with.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 62,446Registered User Senior Member
    You don't have to major in PetE. What eng'g disciplines does merced offer? Does it offer ChemE? If so, that can work just as well.
  • USCTennisUSCTennis Posts: 60Registered User Junior Member
    they offer agricultural, biological, computer, mechanical, and plastics engineering.
  • crizellocrizello Posts: 1,293Registered User Senior Member
    Call UC Merced and talk to them. You definitely should not take on that much debt to go to UC Davis
  • USCTennisUSCTennis Posts: 60Registered User Junior Member
    Yeah I think I might SIR to uc Merced and just try and transfer after two years somewhere. Or just graduate in four years, debt free.
  • USCTennisUSCTennis Posts: 60Registered User Junior Member
    Just talked to uc Merced and they said that I will be getting $6000 back if I go there, and they said I can transfer easily within the uc system
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Posts: 36,836Registered User Senior Member
    You have a problem in that there are no schools in California that offer a petroleum engineering major. Here are your choices for that major:

    Colorado School of Mines
    Louisiana State University and A&M College
    Marietta College
    Missouri University of Science and Technology (Formerly University of Missouri-Rolla)
    Montana Tech of the University of Montana (Formerly Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology)
    New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
    Pennsylvania State University
    Texas A&M University
    Texas Tech University
    The University of Kansas (Formerly University of Kansas)
    The University of Tulsa (Formerly University of Tulsa)
    University of Alaska Fairbanks
    University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Formerly University of Southwestern Louisiana)
    University of Oklahoma
    University of Texas at Austin
    University of Wyoming
    West Virginia University

    Some of the above are not that expensive at list price even for out-of-state students, although financial aid may not be available for out-of-state students.

    On the other hand, you can prepare for actuarial jobs and career with a major in applied math or statistics, with appropriate elective choices. Applied math and statistics should be reasonably common majors. The only California public schools with specific actuarial science majors are:

    Actuarial Science (UCSB)
    Applied Mathematics B.S., (Concentration in Economics and Actuarial Science) (SJSU)
    Mathematics B.S. (Actuarial Sciences/Economics Emphasis) (CSUCI)
    Statistics B.S. with Emphasis in Actuarial Science (SDSU)

    More information on preparing for actuarial careers can be found at Be an Actuary . It does appear that the directory of approved Validation by Educational Experience (VEE) courses has listings for UC Davis but not UC Merced.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Posts: 36,836Registered User Senior Member
    Since it looks like UC Davis is too expensive, your choices come down to:

    * Attend UC Merced and/or community college and plan to transfer as a junior to a school with the petroleum engineering major or actuarial VEE courses to take with an appropriate major (e.g. math, statistics, or actuarial science).
    * See if any of the schools with petroleum engineering have a late application deadline and low enough costs.
    * Not attend college at all this coming year, and reapply to a new list of schools that have your majors and low enough costs.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 62,446Registered User Senior Member
    plastics engineering


    What is "plastics engineering"? Is that some kind of subset of ChemE?


    Edited to add. I just went to Merced's website and I don't see PlasticsE.
  • USCTennisUSCTennis Posts: 60Registered User Junior Member
    oh I think I misread it then, cause I got it off of **************.
    Well I already SIR'd to UC Merced and I think I will just switch my major from undeclared engineering to applied mathematics, so that I can become an actuary.
    Also, is it true that it isn't that hard to transfer within the UC system? because that is what a staff member at UC Merced said.
  • whenhenwhenhen Posts: 4,085Registered User Senior Member
    If you're serious about petroleum engineering, University of North Dakota offers a petroleum engineering degree and gives WUE rates to transfer students. Potentially you could pursue the general engineering courses at UC Merced and then transfer to UND to finish your degree Petroleum Engineering Program | Petroleum | Engineering & Mines | The University of North Dakota

    Btw, Montana Tech, New Mexico Tech, South Dakota School of Mines, and other lower cost Western schools with geological engineering and/or petroleum engineering give WUE rates to transfers.

    Also UCBalumnus, there are plenty of schools which offer a concentration in petroleum engineering within their ABET accredited Chem E departments that you didn't list. University of Southern California is one, and University of North Dakota has a full fledged major. It might not be ABET accredited, but considering it's the only program in a state whose recent economic prosperity is, at least in part, tied with shale oil, I doubt it matters.
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