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Is it worth it to transfer to Cal Poly SLO?

omgblackrosesomgblackroses Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
edited October 2014 in Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
I am currently attending Cal State Long Beach and I am a freshmen. However, after my first semester I will have a total of 44 credits and after my next semester if I take enough classes I would have 60 credits allowing me to transfer to Cal Poly SLO. My major is Accounting and I heard the business college is good there.
I am wondering whether it is worth it to transfer to SLO because it costs much more there considering that I am independent. I am not relying on my parents for any sort of funding in college and hope to not to since we are of a family of 7 people with income less than 30,000 a year...
At CSULB I only need to take about 3000-4000 dollar loans each year whereas SLO is about 8000 or more.
Honestly, I weight part of my decision on the fact that my friend is at that school and I want to join her and the weather/atmosphere there seems good too. The social life seems much more active there too. It's kinda
You may think why base your decision on your friend? It is kind of lonely here and it is hard to make friends since this is a commuter schools where people come and go after class.

Replies to: Is it worth it to transfer to Cal Poly SLO?

  • eyemgheyemgh Registered User Posts: 3,836 Senior Member
    This is a really hard decision, because as you know, college is both about the academics and non-academics. The environment at CP is great. There's lots of comradere and school spirit. That's worth something. If you were in engineering is say there would be a payoff in job opportunities too, but that's not likely for accounting. In the end, even if you did transfer, it sounds like you'd owe less than $30k. That's a reasonable investment for an accounting degree, especially if you go on to get your CPA. Only you can really decide if it's worth it to you or not.

    The other thing to know is that they exceptance rate into the bschool is only about half of what it is for first time freshmen. Make sure you have all your ducks in a row.

    Good luck.
  • momneeds2nomomneeds2no Registered User Posts: 704 Member
    edited October 2014
    Why are you an idenpendant student? How come your parents didn't fill a FAFSA? Why don't you file for a cal grant? The numbers aren't adding up. Are you living at home near LB and plan to live on campus at SLO? Statisically speaking you have better chance of graduating in four years when living on campus. Personally I would aim to graduate in four years with a max debt of 24K. You should be able to pick up some part time work and summer jobs (maybe for a CPA) instead of loans. other residential CSUs: Chico, Monteray, Sanoma. don't know about the businss programs
  • eduparenteduparent Registered User Posts: 124 Junior Member
    I’m not that familiar with Long Beach State. You say it’s a commuter school, which has a different experience than Cal Poly, so it’s rather hard to make friends. Any way you could join a club? Could be in your major or not. If you try one club and don’t like it, go on to another one. Not necessary to get intensely involved in one club, just join and go to meetings. That could be challenging for you to go to a club where you know no one, but it’s a way to be with people from Long Beach State, college-age students. Talk to your departmental advisor and see which clubs they might recommend that are in your major.

    Staying at Long Beach State would be so much cheaper. The business school can’t be that much different from CP’s. Okay, even if CP’s Business School is way better (I don’t know if this is true), is it worth graduating from CP with so much debt? Can you make it just a few more years at Long Beach State? With you already at one Cal State, I would think it would hard to transfer to CP, another Cal State that is very impacted; I don’t know if this is true but you might want to check with your advisors at both schools to see how realistic and easy it is to transfer to CP.

    When you or your friend have breaks, visit each other. Part time job on campus, just to be with other students? Just offering some food for thought.
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