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I'm currently attending a California CC and I was wondering where I should look to transfer for Chemical Engineering. I attended UC Berkeley for one year and withdrew my second semester due to mental health issues and suicidal tendencies. Honestly, my main concern is that UCB was a top top top ranked ChemE program, and I don't know how well ranked other ChemE programs are in California. I'm worried about job and graduate school placement if I go to a "less prestigious" school. Does the prestige of undergraduate school matter? I don't know if I want to go straight into industry or go on to grad school. Personally, I love the research environment which is why I would go to grad school, which is why I'm wondering how good my undergraduate school needs to be to go to a good grad school. Also, I'm picking ChemE because it seems more versatile than a Chem degree, where the chem degree I would need to go to grad school for better job placement while Chem E has better job prospects.
Pretty much, I'm wondering what schools I should shoot for that are in the LA area. For me, I would prefer to stay away from the UC system because my experience with UCB was absolutely horrible. I know UCLA is probably different than UCB, but I'm worried about the financial aid situation which is one big reason I had to leave UCB and one big factor that lead to my mental health issues.