I got into environmental science major in UCLA. But i applied to this particular major because i didn't think that i would be able to get admitted if i applied to engineering directly. (my stats aint that good). So if i decide to go to UCLA, i would have to study my ass off to switch into engineering from college of letters and science. The UCLA website says that in order to be CONSIDERED a major change, I would have to get minimum 3.5 GPA for the required courses for engineering. But im not sure how hard it is to get above 3.5 GPA in UCLA. Is it really difficult to get above 3.5 GPA??(ex. calculus classes, bio, chem..etc)
PS)) I got into UCSD(warren) as chemical engineering. If i decide to go to San Diego, i wouldnt have to change my major. But considering that the overall prestige and reputation, UCLA seems to be better. Location-wise, LA seems to be more lively and exciting than SD.
(People say that transportation in SD really sucks and the SD campus is socially dead whereas LA has a really organized transportation system for students and the location is just awesome---Westwood and hollywood and Santa monica beach in 10-15 min drive!!)
So UCLA or UCSD for engineering(considering that i have to change major if i go to UCLA)
It sounds like a much better idea to go to UCSD. Even though the campus has a reputation for being "socially dead," I think college is really what you make of it. If you're really passionate about chemical engineering, you should definitely go to UC San Diego. The chances of you being able to get the classes you need and then actually getting in to the Chemical Engineering major seem pretty slim. But if you are really passionate about UCLA, or Los Angeles in general, and feel like you will be miserable at San Diego, then go to UCLA and try your luck, understanding that it is possible that you will be stuck in Environmental Sciences. Have you toured each campus? It sounds like it would be a really good idea in your case.
@alikantekid But if i will be able change into chemical engineering during my freshman or sophomore year, that will be better for me. Im just not so sure how hard it is to change into engineering. I saw someone saying that it is difficult to get 3.5GPA in lower division courses since there are so many students. UCLA or UCSD? soo hard to choose
It's actually an easy decision. If you want to be a chemical engineer then you are going to go to UCSD. If you go to UCLA your chances of changing majors into engineering are pretty much nonexistent. If you are willing to major in something else, then welcome to UCLA!
You're better off going to UCSD. While possible, It is extremely difficult to switch into an engineering major at UCLA. Im my opinion, UCLA is too over over-glorified in California. UCSD is a solid school with a solid engineering program. You will have to decide whether you're going to go to college to get an experience or a career. The UCSD experience can be the same, but you will have to make that experience. Just like at UCLA, the experience won't happen if you don't look for it.