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CSULB vs SDSU vs CSU POMONA!!!

YuukiKurosu1999YuukiKurosu1999 Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
Hey, I'm a Senior in high school right now with a weighted GPA from 10-12 is 3.9. I like to major in Fashion Merchandising because it's also involves business with fashion. Now, I'm considering with these 3 colleges as my top choice for either Fashion Merchandising or Business major. CSULB is pretty good but I heard they are commute :( (I'm a very hyper person and want to experience college-feel), SDSU is a good school for business and PARTY (Yay, some social life right here, but from LA to San Diego is kinda far....). CSU Pomona has their reputation for Engineering but Fashion Merchandising, I haven't heard much from that school. Any suggestion?

Replies to: CSULB vs SDSU vs CSU POMONA!!!

  • YuukiKurosu1999YuukiKurosu1999 Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    I took the SAT in May and got a 1070/1600, and I just took another one in Oct 5 and still wait for the result.
  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC Posts: 22,161 Forum Champion
    Apply to all and see where you are accepted since all are competitive schools.

    I suggest you visit all the schools of interest and see if you can speak with some students that are in the programs of interest. Overall, all three schools are very good academically, so you need to find that fit: academically/socially and financially.

    SDSU would be the most residential of the three, but in general the majority of CSU's are commuter campuses.

    Is your weighted GPA, your CSU GPA? https://rogerhub.com/gpa-calculator-uc/
  • NCalRentNCalRent Registered User Posts: 5,524 Senior Member
    I'd apply to all 3, see what they say, then make up your mind. I think you'll have no trouble getting in to any of them. CPP and CSULB both now 'mandate' freshmen live in campus housing so, they are more residential than they were years ago. I haven't toured the housing at CPP recently but, I know LB has some huge dorms off campus in addition to some on-campus residence halls. They aren't too far apart so, go look at all 3 when you have time.

    Since you mention you are looking for the 'college feel' Chico and Sonoma have strong business programs and are very residential.
  • Fish125Fish125 Registered User Posts: 233 Junior Member
    edited October 2016
    Like Gumbymom wrote, you need to really visit the schools to get a better idea about the universities. All the schools are wonderful academic institutions, and you will be challenged. Visit during the week to see that atmosphere, and also on a Saturday to see how busy the campus is on the weekend. When my children toured campuses, we went to one UC school that was basically empty on a Saturday. My kids crossed that school off their list.

    The "fit" or "feel" of the school is so very important, and is often overlooked when choosing colleges. If you live in the dorms, the school will be your home 24 hours a day/7 days a week for nine months, and you will be on campus for classes several hours most days. You want to make sure the school offers clubs, programs, classes, and extracurricular opportunities that you will enjoy. Thoroughly check out their website to see if they have any clubs and programs that you're interested in. Check out the clubs' social media pages to make sure they have a strong presence on the campus. If you won't have a car with you, does the school have transit services nearby that will take you to restaurants, malls, etc.? If you plan to live in an apartment after you leave the dorms, are there places nearby where you can live or will you have to find an apartment far away from the campus? Do you want a school where you can attend football and basketball games? If so, do the schools have these programs and do students attend the games?

    Regarding parties at SDSU - SDSU is a social campus, but the big party school reputation is much more of a memory from the days when I attended the school many decades ago. All colleges have parties, including SDSU, but over the past 16 years, the administration, faculty, staff, and student leaders have worked hard to crack down on partying and to change the reputation of the school, and it has worked. You'll see freshmen in their first few weeks of school enjoying their independence, but once their first set of midterms hit, reality sets in that this isn't an easy school, and the faculty have high expectations.
  • Bob the EngineerBob the Engineer Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    It depends if you want a career afterwards and if you want to stay local forever, Than apply to those 3 schools. The fashion industry won't take you seriously coming out of a Cal State (which is equivalent to a community college). Remember that the time and energy you waste for the next 4 years will be permanent on your resume. Make sure it counts. With a 3.9 GPA, I recommend looking at schools that push out fashion industry leaders such as:

    •PARSONS, THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN* (New York) ...
    •PRATT (Brooklyn, NY) ...
    •KENT STATE UNIVERSITY* (Kent, OH) ...
    •ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY* (San Francisco, CA) ...
    •SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN* (Savannah, GA) ...
    •RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN*

    Make the jump. Make the leap outside of California if that is the career you really really want. Don't be afraid to take off and out of your comfort zone.
  • NCalRentNCalRent Registered User Posts: 5,524 Senior Member
    In CA, CCs can only award Associate (AA) level degrees, CSUs can award Bachelor's as well as Master's level degrees so, there's a big difference between a CSU and a CC.
  • YuukiKurosu1999YuukiKurosu1999 Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    Thank you for your advices! I'm really appreciated it and about moving out of CA, I'I not afraid because I got invitations from Parson, FIDM, and The Art Institute a lot! The cost is the part I'm worry the most because most of these schools are private and NYC apartments for rent is really expensive!!
  • YuukiKurosu1999YuukiKurosu1999 Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    Thank you for your advices! I'm really appreciated it and about moving out of CA, I'I not afraid because I got invitations from Parson, FIDM, and The Art Institute a lot! The cost is the part I'm worry the most because most of these schools are private and NYC apartments for rent is really expensive!! I know there is financial aid and grant available though but the cost to moving out is high :(, I heard good reputation for Parson though :)
  • Bob the EngineerBob the Engineer Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    edited October 2016
    Cal State compared to CC was meant to be sarcastic.
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