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sonoma state, long beach or fullerton? (csu)

sofarawaysofaraway Registered User Posts: 249 Junior Member
I am accepted at all three and idk which one I should choose. (If I don't get into a private school) I will be majoring in biology.
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Replies to: sonoma state, long beach or fullerton? (csu)

  • RSBuletzRSBuletz Registered User Posts: 403 Member
    I don't know the definitive answer, but maybe this is an indicator of quality of biology department at Fullerton:

    CSUF prof earns highest state faculty honor | research, faculty, koch - News - The Orange County Register
  • sofarawaysofaraway Registered User Posts: 249 Junior Member
    do you think I can get well prepared for medical school? (at long beach)
  • ElenaMarieElenaMarie Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
    A college education is what you make of it. I think you should choose one that you could see yourself living at. If you don't enjoy where you are living, chances are you won't be learning a much as you could if you go somplace you really enjoy. Fullerton, Sonoma, and Long beach are all very different campuses and therefore have very different campus life. Have you visited all three campuses? Visting is really important so that you can get a good feel for the campus so that you can find oput which one is right for YOU! That's just what I think... (most CSU's will give you approx. the same quality education, it's how hard you try that really matters)
  • takeitallintakeitallin Registered User Posts: 3,303 Senior Member
    I think you could get a great education at any of them. However, they are very different campuses. Long Beach is a huge campus in a very large metropolitan area. Fullerton is a smaller campus and I would say more of a commuter campus also in a metropolitan area. If you decide on Fullerton, be sure to apply for housing now if you haven't already. They have an extreme shortage and you are not guaranteed housing. Sonoma St. is in the little college town of Rohnert Park. I believe it has about 7500 students. Class sizes are small. It is in a very scenic area, next to Santa Rosa and about 1 hr. from SF. Gorgeous beaches, hiking etc. Much more of a college town atmosphere. All good schools, but make sure you know what kind of atmosphere you are looking for. Good luck.
  • HisGraceFillsMeHisGraceFillsMe Registered User Posts: 4,782 Senior Member
    Like others have said, it depends on what you want to get from your college.

    I grew up in Long Beach, but refused to go to CSULB because it is WAY too overly-crowded. It currently takes ~7 years to graduate (based on discussions with family and friends who are attending) because the classes are so impacted. It's also a very ugly campus IMO...very institutional-looking. However, there is a lot to do in LB.

    SSU is much more quiet and nicer to look at. (again, in my opinion...if you like the metropolitan look LB is for you.)

    Be aware that if you're not from LB, you might have issues making friends, as LB is definitely a large commuter school.
  • bluek7bluek7 Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    I'm also deciding between LB and Fullerton. Will be going into my upper division courses so hopefully my classes won't be over crowded. I love the college vibe, unfortunately my grades weren't good enough for UCLA and CAL, and the next best college is csulb and csuf.
  • The Power of OneThe Power of One Registered User Posts: 613 Member
    Although it is heavily impacted, I think 7 years is a bit of exaggeration.

    @bluek7- Did you apply to any mid tier UCs at least?
  • sofarawaysofaraway Registered User Posts: 249 Junior Member
    Im in at Santa Cruz and an Out of state private....
    but I think Im going to use Long Beach as a back up plan.
  • nicolenickynicolenicky Registered User Posts: 52 Junior Member
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