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So I've been accepted to both UCLA and USC as a transfer student for Fall 2011. I've pretty much already made up my mind. But it was difficult because, both schools are pretty much equally great and prestigious. So I just have to ask you guys, which school would you guys pick if you were in my position? Here are my reasons, not in any particular order.
I chose UCLA because:
1. I already have many friends there. Some of my best/closest friends go there.
2. I'll live off campus in an apartment with my friends, which will save me around $9,000-$10,000 a year.
3. I'll already have completed all the GE's for UCLA. (I did IGETC in community college). I also won't have to take a foreign language class because of this.
4. Apparently, the Philosophy department (I am a philosophy major) at UCLA is better than the philosophy department at USC. (Anyone else think this is true?).
5. My overall costs will be around $17,000-$20,000 a year (for 2 years) at most.
6. I will most likely graduate in 2 years.
7. I love the UCLA Westwood area and the campus. I also love UCLA basketball! =)
I did NOT choose USC because:
1. I do have some friends there, not many though. It would be nice to make new ones though!
2. Since I don't have many friends there, I dont have off-campus living plans. So I'd probably have to live on-campus, which I heard is VERY expensive.
3. I still need to complete 5 GE classes, including a foreign langauge. The classes I took to complete IGETC didn't complete all of the USC GE requirements. So there's basically another semester added on before I can graduate.
4. Philosophy department not as great as UCLA??
5. My overall costs will be around $40,000-$50,000 a year. Assuming I don't get any financial aid. Which I most likely wont, even if I do, it wont be much. My family's EFC on the FAFSA was around 37000.
6. Because I still need to complete GE's, it will likely take me more than 2 years to graduate. Maybe 2.5 years???
7. I love USC's campus as well, but not so much the area surrounding it.
So theres my reasons for choosing UCLA over USC. What do you guys think? Was it the right move? I know both schools are pretty much equally good. And UCLA has certain things that are better or worse than USC. And USC has certain things better or worse than UCLA. That's why it wasnt so easy to make a decision. Can anyone else give me comments justifying/agreeing or disagreeing with my decision? any UCLA vs. USC comparisons you wanna add? anything would be helpful.