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Best UCs for anthropology?

AnthroFloAnthroFlo Registered User Posts: 447 Member
edited October 2013 in California Colleges
I am going to be transfering out of my CC next year and am looking at what UCs I should apply for.

I am currently a 4.0 student.
I have my prequisits done for the schools I am mainly considering.
I will be transfering out with an AA in anthropology (not sure if that makes a difference).
But, I have very little volunteer experience, which was done a while ago
and I have no experience in my field.

The schools I am applying to at the moment are:

However, I have heard the UCI has a great anthro program too, but I wasn't personally too allured by it.

So any information on what UCs are supposed to have great cultural anthro departments would be great, thank you!
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Replies to: Best UCs for anthropology?

  • discoinfernodiscoinferno Registered User Posts: 280 Junior Member
    I would really spend a day at each of the UCs you're applied with/accepted to. The environments differ more dramatically than any of the academic programs do.

    A relative was accepted to every UC for anthropology. Despite assuming by default that they would pick UCB or UCLA because of the prestige, they ended up at UCSB after visiting each campus.

    The difference between concrete jungle and beach town was discovered to be much bigger than the difference between professors, who were pretty interchangeable.

    It should be noted that UCSC is easily the lowest-ranked of the schools in your list.

    UCLA, UCB (flagships) and UCSD, UCD, UCSB (next level down) are usually considered the "top-notch" UCs. Followed closely by UCI.

    SC has a reputation for being very "420" and has seen better days. It's usually ranked closer to Merced and Riverside nowadays. No offense to anyone, I just think it's worth knowing.
  • AnthroFloAnthroFlo Registered User Posts: 447 Member
    Hey @discoinferno, thanks for your insight!
    I have been to Berkley, and am going to UCSC next weekend followed by UCSB and UCLA in the near future.

    Just as you stated about your relative, environment is an important factor when picking a school and that is part of why I choose UCSC, not to mention I've heard a lot of wonderful things about its department and just the general culture of the school.

    I know that rank can be of importance, but I've been told time and time again to not pick a school just because it "ranks high" but rather because I like the program and because the environment is suitable for me.
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