Hello, I am a current sophomore electrical engineer and I'm looking to transfer out of state to a California school. My preference would be close to San Francisco (transferring to be closer to family) but honestly anywhere in California is good, its gonna be closer than where I live now.
I have cumulative GPA at an accredited midwestern state school of 3.53 and by the end of my sophomore year I'll have taken all of the core courses which I'll list briefly:
-All the maths (Calc I- III, linear algebra, differential equations)
-Intro Physics I and II (so both mechanics and electromagnetism)
-Chem I and English I
-Statics, Circuits, Thermodynamics, Programming I and II (in C++)
-Signals and Systems/Linear Systems and Circuits II
Also have a couple gen-eds covered from ap scores like Macro, Micro, and Euro History and Intro to engineering covered with PLTW poe. I have some extracurriculars and one board position, as well as a computer related job. I am a female.
I have looked at the UC schools, and from what I have seen, Berkeley, UCSD, and UCLA are a long shot for me but both Davis and Santa Barbara seem like really good schools and a possible option. Than outside of UC schools, San Jose State, cal poly pomona, and cal poly San Luis Obispo. I am just trying to narrow down those five possibilities and i"m feeling lost, I cant figure out what I should compare or how to choose. I think I would want a good sized ee class, maybe about 500 or so people doing ee so theres a choice in classes, good professors, some multicultural student orgs. Maybe a school that is welcoming to minorities, which is hard to decipher because all schools will say they celebrate diversity but its impossible to tell unless youve been a student there. I also need to keep the out of state tuition cost in mind. And of course I want a valuable education that will prepare me for a job as an electrical engineer.
Any thoughts or experiences would be greatly appreciated, I'm really stuck right now. Thanks everyone