My brother is applying to CSUs (in-state tuition) and I'm trying to help him, and I'm sure this info could benefit future applicants as well. He's hoping to end up majoring in engineering, but his gpa is only around a 3.0 unweighted so more difficult CSUs like SLO, Pomona, SDSU, CSULB, and most UCs are off the board. He's looking at:
(also UCR and UCM)
We are from the SF Bay area, so we know that SFSU is in a relatively nice area, and so is Sonoma State, and CSUEB sucks (But CSUEB is probably guaranteed admission so still on the board). We are hoping to figure out for the rest of them, whether the area is nice & if there's anything to do. Personally, I don't like Sacramento, Fresno, and Bakersfield just as cities. I guess a lot of other people feel the same way though, because those have higher admittance rates. I also figure that there's plenty to do at CSULA since it's in LA. In any case, what are the areas around: Chico, LA, SJSU, DH, Sac, Bakersfield, Fresno, Northridge, and Fullerton like?
Thanks in advance