We're in the Northeast, but my high school junior daughter has expressed an interest in going to college in California. She'd also prefer to be in, or near, a city. (So, she also likes NYC and Chicago, but has a little bit less interest in Boston) We're looking at visiting California in March because it's probably nicer than Evanston, IL and Ann Arbor, MI that time of year.
So, I have a few questions:
1) Is visiting UCLA and USC feasible to do in one day? Google maps have them fairly close, but I'd need to look into the timing of admissions presentations/campus tours to see if its do-able in a day.
2) Is visiting Pepperdine then UCSB also feasible in one day?
3) Any hidden gems I may be missing? (A boy from her high school is at Chapman, but I'm not sure she's that interested)
She also likes UCSD because they had an impressive presentation at her high school's college fair a few months ago. (UCLA and USC were also there, but I don't think she had time to speak with USC and only had a limited time with UCLA)
We visited a few excellent liberal arts schools in New England, but now that she has, I think she would prefer a mid-sized or large school over a Pomona or any of the other Claremont colleges.
My thinking was this:
Monday - UCLA and USC (if feasible)
Tuesday - Pepperdine and UCSB (if feasible)
Wednesday - day to relax/drive
Thursday - UC-Irvine
Friday - UCSD
We have an old neighbor from Connecticut whose son is a freshman at UCLA, but 19 year old boys aren't always the most forthcoming with information other than saying that they like the school.
Thanks for any input/help