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NCalRent Senior Member

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  • Re: Can someone chance me for the UC Schools?

    you are a strong candidate for all of them - but, i net 3 UCs will reject you anyhow - the challenge is knowing which 3.
    Apply broadly! Another couple of ACT points would help with the top schools.
    good luck.
  • Re: Residency question

    to transfer into a CSU or UC, you don;t need an AA but, you do need 60 semester units and a a mix of just the right classes and a competitive GPA. The GPA threshold varies widely by campus and major. I know this sounds crazy but, your may find it easier to transfer to a WUE school like UNR after just one year at a CC. It is cost competitive with a CSU and you can transfer with just 24 units.
  • Re: Which is the Best Small CSU for Chemistry Majors?

    Tour, Tour, Tour... take the official guided campus tour on a day school is in session and be sure to arrive early and lollygag after - at least one meal on campus so you can pick the brain of current students. The students don't mind - just walk up and ask - I am thinking about coming here, how do you like it? What do you love, what do you hate? etc. It is the best way to get a feel for what it is really like on campus.

    Monterrey is a rapidly changing campus. Student count is on the rise and there is a ton of fresh development near campus. It will look different 2 years from now than it does today. Still, visit the school, photos and looking at a map don't accurately depict the campus. Like Channel Island, it is a re purposed facility and there are remnants of its predecessor. Not a judgement - just visit while school is in session before falling in love with the idea of going to school in Monterrey.

    Sonoma and Humboldt are, by far. more residential - meaning they have a % of students living on and near campus and a built in feel of community. Sonoma has outstanding nursing and credential programs - those students are segregated from the rest of the student body so, to a Chemistry student, it will feel smaller than the 8500 student headline. It also sways the male/female mix of the student body (37% male) They also have a very well regarded music and English programs.

    Humboldt is very eclectic - a love it or hate it proposition. A campus visit is vital with this one too.

    Take a look at Chico too, at 16k undergrads, it is a manageable size, highly residential. They have an honors program which your daughter may qualify for.

    There's a program called WUE which gives discounted OOS tuition at many Western Public schools. Oregon Inst of Tech is a small STEM focused school not far from the CA boarder. Colorado School of Mines is another excellent STEM focused participant.

    Here's a full list of schools - note that not all programs are available for all schools on the list

    My oldest son is about to graduate from Chico and my youngest is a Freshman at Ft Lewis, a small liberal arts college in Durango Colorado (and WUE participant)

    Why is she interested in something under 10k students?
    what are her stats so far?
  • Re: CSS and noncustodial parent?

    first, worry about getting in... second, worry about how to pay. As a CA resident with a low income, tuition at UCs and CSUs will be pretty low. For USC, you simply don't know until you see their offer. If your stats are strong, it could be cheaper than UCLA ... but, that's a high hurdle most HS students can't clear..

    what are your stats?
  • Re: My chances at the UCs? (Focus on Pre Med)

    3.9 and 1240 means you are likely to get into UCM, UCR and UCSC. The rest could go either way with a compelling application and ECs. Another 100 SAT points wont change that picture significantly.

    I agree, you'd be well served to apply to a couple of CSUs while you are at it. In addition to those listed above, perhaps CPP and Fullerton.

    Good luck