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Best Undergrad Business schools in California

wallstreetjoshwallstreetjosh Registered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
edited December 2009 in Business Major
Hello! This is my first post on this forum. I've always had every intention on going to a UC school rather than the less prestigious CSU schools. However, I have found that most UCs do not offer an undergraduate degree in Business Admin, while a lot of Cal States do.

I know Berkeley is the premier undergrad business school in the state, but what are some other great undergrad business programs, aside from the private schools like Standford?

As a side note, which of the following schools are the best for business majors?
Cal Poly SLO
Cal State Long Beach
Cal State Fullerton
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  • BSD24BSD24 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    I don't think Stanford has an undergrad bschool. Haas is the best in cali. UCLA has a very good biz econ major as well.
  • bicoastal07bicoastal07 Registered User Posts: 246 Junior Member
    Stanford does not have u-grad business. Neither does UCLA. The two top programs are UCB Haas and USC Marshall.

    Among the three schools you mentioned, Cal Poly SLO is the best school for business, and also overall.
  • brassmonkeybrassmonkey Registered User Posts: 1,491 Senior Member
    CMC has a very good program if you want to go into business, but it isn't a business school per se.
  • wallstreetjoshwallstreetjosh Registered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
    <<Stanford does not have u-grad business. Neither does UCLA. The two top programs are UCB Haas and USC Marshall.>>


    Okay, I wasn't sure if Standford had one or not. But it's entirely irrelevant as I am not planning on attending a private school. I will only consider public schools due to financial reasons.


    <<Among the three schools you mentioned, Cal Poly SLO is the best school for business, and also overall.>>

    Is there a basis for such a claim? Why do you feel this way? I always appreciate explanations rather than just statements.

    Bicoastal07, do you have some good undergrad b-schools to recommend? Make your own list of the top undergrad-b schools in California, excluding private universities. This type of list is what I'm really looking for. Thank you.
  • bicoastal07bicoastal07 Registered User Posts: 246 Junior Member
    I honestly know fairly little about the CSU schools. However, I do know that Cal Poly SLO is considered one of the best CSUs. Long Beach and Fullerton are mostly commuter schools.

    The top public ugrad b-school is obviously Haas, and it's a very long drop off after that. I honestly don't know what would come next... maybe SDSU or Cal Poly?
  • BSD24BSD24 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    Ya I think SDSU's undergraduate business program would be next as far as public universities in cali. just curious though--do you want to work on wall street (your screen name)? If you do and money is an issue, you should look into the TAG programs at the UCs. You can do your first two years at a cc and if you get good grades (which shouldn't be difficult) you can get into a school like Haas. And if you want to work on wall street (or in finance), I would suggest biz econ at UCLA. It isn't a business program but it will take you further than a degree from any of the CSUs (in my opinion).
  • wallstreetjoshwallstreetjosh Registered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
    <<do you want to work on wall street (your screen name)? >>

    I want to pursue a career in Sales and Trading or as a retail stock broker (financial planner).

    I am going to CC for my General Ed, and by the time I get there, I will already have enough money saved up from my job to pay for it. At that point, I'll transfer to 4 year Uni.
  • wallstreetjoshwallstreetjosh Registered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
    What is the "TAG" program? And why on earth do most of the UCs not have an undergrad business program? It's a very common major and most UCs don't have them.
  • BSD24BSD24 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    well if you're in a cc in cali right now and you have a strong gpa, getting into a UC shouldn't be too difficult. If you want to go into ST, you might want to consider majoring in something other than business administration. ST is all quantitative skills, so maybe looking into Finance or Econ would help you get into ST. If you want to be a financial planner then just work on your people skills and do as much networking as possible. FPs are always willing to take interns (although the jobs are menial, experience is experience).
  • ixjunitxiixjunitxi Registered User Posts: 984 Member
    Obviously its UC Berkely Haas
  • BSD24BSD24 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    TAG stands for Transfer Admissions Guaranteed. Its a program for cc students in California who went to cc's for financial reasons and want to transfer to a UC after two years. Basically its a contract you sign with the UC system that says if you keep above a 3.5 you are guaranteed admission into one of the schools (you can't specify which). I know a lot of people who did this and got into Haas and UCLA for biz econ, as well as UCSD. There is definitely more info on this out there though google it or ask you advisor at your school about it.
  • wallstreetjoshwallstreetjosh Registered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
    I want to get in S&T, which is why I don't want to major in Bizecon. I can major in bus admin so long as the school offers a special concentration in a particular sub-category of business like finance. Fullerton and Long Beach offer finance majors, and Cal Poly SLO offers concentration in finance as a part of its biz admin major.

    I went to the Haas school of business website and it doesn't say what kind of degrees it offers for undergrads. Does it have more than just a plain ol' business administration major?
  • CaliGuy07CaliGuy07 Registered User Posts: 419 Member
    that is very interesting, i can't find if haas has specific concentration either.

    but the point of going to haas is about getting well connections. if you do well, you will get great job placement, networking, etc. I believe it is ranked 3rd from USNews.

    Basically, you can almost learn anything and do anything, the importance i believe is alumni and networking. If you want to be self-employed and invest yourself, then maybe your better off at a CSU where it's more hands on but Haas has great recruitment at large firms.
  • drjdrj Registered User Posts: 510 Member
    among the CSU campuses here's a shot at the top five. others might shuffle these, but they stand supreme:

    1. san diego state
    2. cal state fullerton
    3. long beach state
    4. cal poly san luis
    5. san jose state

    even though cal poly is the best university in the list its business program is fairly small compared to the other five, and that's part of the reason why it doesn't quite rank as high.
  • leo187umleo187um Registered User Posts: 425 Member
    Haas is probably only the public school that would give you a good shot at Wall Street. UCLA, regardless of not having a biz program, could also get your foot in the door if your at the top of your class.

    Also, if you have what it takes to get into berkeley, you may want to apply to USC as well. I heard they give good aid, and the Trojan Network tops any school (prob even the Ivies) in SoCal.
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