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San Jose State or Cal Poly Pomona?

pyrozapyroza Posts: 1,354Registered User Member
edited June 2010 in Engineering Majors
I will definitely be going to one of these schools in the fall, but I'm having difficulty choosing. On one hand, Pomona has a better overall engineering program. On the other hand, SJSU is right in the heart of the Silicon Valley where all the tech companies are. Also, I'm not completely sure of what type of engineering I want to do. I was accepted for Aero but I'm also interested in Comp.

I really wanted to go to Berkeley, but I obviously didn't get in :/. I also thought about going to SJSU for a couple years then transferring to Berkeley, but I'm not sure if I would want to put in that much effort to get a really good GPA for Berkeley.
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  • norris212norris212 Posts: 456Registered User Member
    I'd say the programs/academics are pretty equal, and I think both schools have the majors you mentioned. So I would make my decision based on campus, location, weather, and other things like that. Just visit both and see which you like more.
  • ChemELoverChemELover Posts: 64Registered User Junior Member
    If you want to transfer to Berkeley, doing it from a CSU is hard. If anything, go to a community college for the first two years and take all the general ed courses that are required. Then you can easily switch to UC Berkeley after that.
  • pyrozapyroza Posts: 1,354Registered User Member
    Eh, I feel as if I would have no motivation at a CC. And I heard that UCB gives priority to CC transfers but everyone else is equal. I just really don't want to go to a CC =/
  • ChemELoverChemELover Posts: 64Registered User Junior Member
    Well, just a suggestion. If you took a lot of APs in high school, it should make your time at a CC easier and shorter. This will maximize your chances of going to Berk.

    The first two years of college are mainly general education studies too, so it's not like you'd be missing much by attending a CC instead of SJSU/Berk.

    I know a lot of people who planned on transferring from SJSU to a UC but ended up staying at SJSU all four years.
  • naixn92naixn92 Posts: 522Registered User Member
    Cal Poly Pomona! I was going to go there until i got into Davis. I believe Cal Poly Pomona was better than SJSU for my major (Civil Engineering)... I don't know much about aerospace.
  • norris212norris212 Posts: 456Registered User Member
    Don't make it sound like it's easy to transfer to Berkeley from a community college. To do that, you're probably gonna need at least a 3.8 gpa, which is hard to do in all of the lower division engineering classes.
  • PolyArchPolyArch Posts: 62Registered User Junior Member
    SJSU is in the heart of Silicon Valley... but they compete against Stanford and Berkeley graduates. I'd choose Cal Poly at Pomona for engineering.
  • suenesesuenese Posts: 10Registered User New Member
    Even though Pyroza probably chose which school he decided to attend, I think Cal Poly Pomona would be the better choice overall. If you want to major in Aerospace, Cal Poly Pomona would still be the better choice. I've talked to the Dean of Engineering (Dean Wei) at San Jose State, and she told me that the engineering department had to combine aerospace and mechanical programs together because they did not have enough students in aerospace. Pyroza, have a great time at any school you attend next fall!
  • B0BTheBuilderB0BTheBuilder Posts: 25Registered User New Member
    San Jose State has a good engineering program and is also a bigger school. But i know from reading from their website, is that they give alot of help with internships and summer positions in local companies, and alot have jobs guaranteed before they even graduate just through connections, ( because SJSU is in Silicon Valley ) big industrial area in NorCal. So in my opinion, definitely go with SJSU over CalPolyPomona.
  • moommoombabamoommoombaba Posts: 91Registered User Junior Member
    i second ChemELover and suggest you to attend a CC and transfer to Berkeley. It's a lot easier to go this route than going through regular admission to be their freshmen class. The fact is that it's easy to get a 4.0 in a CC, if you can't then don't even think about going to berkeley, just go to a less competitive UC or even a state school. also if you get in after CC you are in the upper division already which means it will be less competitive to survive among students because they weed out a lot of people in the lower division who cannot handle UCB's competitiveness. still you gotta work hard to finish the rest of the program.

    Berkeley has really good engineering program so you should definitely try getting in even that means you will have to go to a CC... just suck it up and finish it early if you wish. no one will really care you went to a CC after you get your UCB diploma.

    i am surprised though that you didn't want to go to other UC's which also have respected engineering programs.
  • norris212norris212 Posts: 456Registered User Member
    "The fact is that it's easy to get a 4.0 in a CC"
    Moommoombaba, that's ridiculous. At my CC, the highest GPA of someone that I knew in engineering was a 3.9... and he didn't get in to Berkeley.

    Now getting a 4.0 in a non-engineering major is a different story. That's definitely doable. All you need to do is research who the easy teachers are. But yeah... engineering, 4.0, transferring to Berkeley, not easy.
  • moommoombabamoommoombaba Posts: 91Registered User Junior Member
    then you are probably right about the engineering GPA.

    all the kids i know who transferred to UCB from CC have stellar CC GPA but most of them are not engineering. most of them are econ.

    but seriously though if you believe you are Berkeley material shouldn't you be getting straight A's at a CC? You do know that Berkeley is known for its competitiveness. how are you going to handle the last 2 years at UCB if you can't be the top at a CC? or am i not being realistic here?

    in any case, i still believe it's the best way to get into UCB than going to SJSC or Cal poly

    granted, I didn't go to UCB or any CC so I may not be the best person to answer it. It's just my 2cents based on what I learned from other UC students
  • norris212norris212 Posts: 456Registered User Member
    "if you believe you are Berkeley material shouldn't you be getting straight A's at a CC?"

    Yea that's true. Or you should at least be getting a 3.8. I was just saying it's not easy. But maybe it is easy for a Berkeley quality student.
  • Experiment8Experiment8 Posts: 262Registered User Junior Member
    Now getting a 4.0 in a non-engineering major is a different story. That's definitely doable. All you need to do is research who the easy teachers are. But yeah... engineering, 4.0, transferring to Berkeley, not easy.

    Not easy, relative to maybe some of the other UCs where you can get guaranteed admission, but still amazingly easy compared to the traditional high school to college route. Berkeley tells you exactly what classes to take in the transfer agreements for your major, all you have to do is get mostly A's. I know a handful of us that were accepted there out of a cc and none of us had any ECs or anything like that, just finished all of our prereqs with good gpas (mine was only like 3.7ish).

    BTW you can research the 'easy' teachers in engineering too, I'm not sure why that only applies to non-engineering majors. Your 'engineering' classes are math, chem, physics, etc. There's not any actual engineering you take until you transfer.
  • norris212norris212 Posts: 456Registered User Member
    "BTW you can research the 'easy' teachers in engineering too, I'm not sure why that only applies to non-engineering majors. Your 'engineering' classes are math, chem, physics, etc. There's not any actual engineering you take until you transfer."

    Well I did have to complete actual engineering courses at my CC, and there weren't many teachers to choose from so you were usually stuck with a hard one. GE classes have an endless amount of teachers so it's not hard at all to find an easy teacher.

    "I know a handful of us that were accepted there out of a cc and none of us had any ECs or anything like that, just finished all of our prereqs with good gpas (mine was only like 3.7ish)."

    My friend had a 3.9 with all of the prereqs AND engineering classes and got denied... So I dunno maybe he just got unlucky.
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