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UCI vs Cal Poly Pomona

SmirabiSmirabi Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
I got my acceptance from UCI (CS) and Cal Poly Pomona (EE) . I'm not really sure which university is better for transfer since I want to apply for masters. Both are great schools. I heard Pomona's classes are packed and is usually hard to enroll, but UCI is not as bad. Also how hard is to change major form EE to CS in CPP?
Please give me any useful information you have since I'm really desperate in terms of choosing.

Replies to: UCI vs Cal Poly Pomona

  • CalDudCalDud Registered User Posts: 1,753 Senior Member
    Why would you change from EE to CS? It was my impression that EE also assimilated the CS degree, but I could be wrong. It is also probably pretty hard given that CS is an impacted major now since so many people want to be a CS major at Cal Poly Pomona.

    Pomona is pretty packed. I don't think it matters which you choose as long as you think you'll do well enough to get into a master's program afterwards. Lots of people at Pomona have low GPAs in engineering. I've heard a fair amount of horror stories.

    - Mechanical Engineering master's applicant
  • justintegratejustintegrate Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    Both are really good schools but if you want CS and got into CS at UCI why not just chose UCI?
  • tuloob8tuloob8 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    @CalDud What's up with the rise in CS majors nowadays? Like.. everyone wants to be a programmer. I heard something about the high dropout rates because CS wasn't what some people expected it to be..
  • CalDudCalDud Registered User Posts: 1,753 Senior Member
    edited May 2015
    Well, I'm a programmer myself! That's my day job, anyways.

    I think there's just a large supply of jobs because technology is getting better and better. The company I got my first job at started out quite small with an "instant sync" technology and we are continuing to get bigger and bigger customers, so much that we'll need to expand to about three times our size since we're understaffed. We've gotten contractors to come in until we're able to find more CS talent because its a little scarce here. We're currently in the process of getting a new building because we've outgrown our building and people are now doing work in conference rooms or remote-desktop from home.

    I think a lot of people go into the major thinking it'll be the ticket to a well paying job, which is true in most respects. You'll need to be good at it obviously for someone to continue paying you. But I don't think you'll really be able to make it if you're doing it because of the money - completing the major anyway. I couldn't have finished a computer science major because it's simply not something I enjoy. I majored in Applied Mathematics/Statistics and took the first job offer I had right out of college. I had loans to pay, so I took the job and am doing quite well at it. I had to teach myself the programming language. It was nothing like sitting in my programming class on C. It's not anywhere near as boring to solve real world, tough problems. But I'd highly advise you to do an internship to see if you'd like working in the software engineering industry. Pending on what my decision is to attend whatever institution for Mechanical Engineering MS, I will probably find a job in the area that does programming as a side job while I work on my degree.

  • SmirabiSmirabi Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Thanks for sharing your experience @caldude . Actually I had a year round internship in EE before I decide to major in CS, and I really loved it. I like CS too, not as strong as EE though, because I used to work with CS major interns. The only reason I think CS would beat EE is that CS engineers can almost work in many different companies and they would have a bigger variety of choices when applying for job.I want to have a open hand in applying for job, and who knows maybe I run my own company.
    What I believe is that it is much harder to achieve my goal of running a company with EE than CS which I might be wring due to my narrow perspective!
  • SmirabiSmirabi Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    @justintegrate it's good to choose the straightforward way and enroll in UCI. I'm really concern about transfering to masters, so I need to choose a the best university which I would be able to enroll in the classes easily (not crowded, and easy to get relation with professors), and also to receive good grades and to maintain a good standing GPA.
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