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Ucsd Or A Ccc

noori07noori07 Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
edited April 2007 in College Admissions
so i was rejected from ucb and ucla and now im going through the pros and cons of a ccc vs. ucsd

pros about it:
-TAP makes it easier to get into ucla as a transfer, as opposed to trying to transfer from another uc...i might have a chance at ucla that way
-its easier to maintain a better gpa at a ccc than it is to do so at a uc (iv heard)
-it prepares you for college...you dont break because of all the pressure (i guess)
-its closer to home

cons about it:
-um...i might not get into ucla (even tho pple tell me theres a really good chance of getting into ucla from a ccc as long as you pull of good grades)
-miss out on college experience or whatever
-...um...registering for classes is...a problem somteimes...ive heard...priorities and all make it hard to get all the classes you want

other than that...ucsd is good for sciences, unfortunately im not interested in sciences at all
i actually dont know what i want to do (career wise, or major wise) maybe architecture...or something like it

what do you guys think?

im confused...ucsd is a good school, and i might like it there but then again...i dont see what im going to do there since they dont really have anything for architecture there either...should i go there now...or should i save money and spend two years at a ccc and try again at ucla?

H E L P
=) it would be much appreciated
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Replies to: Ucsd Or A Ccc

  • suzesuze - Posts: 4,479 Senior Member
    I don't think UCLA is so much better than UCLA to make two years at a cc worth it. I also think employers "notice" who went to the UC for 4 years and who transfered.
  • ferrisbuellerferrisbueller Registered User Posts: 448 Member
    UCSD. Not even close.
  • ucsdtriton2010ucsdtriton2010 Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    Architecture programs, decent ones at least, are very competative and difficult to get into. If you're thinking about pursuing that as a major then I'd really make sure you want to.

    UCLA and UCSD for sure are not known for their architecture programs (I don't think we even offer one). Try schools like Cal Poly - SLO with strong programs.

    As to the general debate between a JC or a UC, I'd go with the UC hands down. It looks better, more exciting, and just as easy to transfer between UCs.
  • UCLAriUCLAri Registered User Posts: 14,740 Senior Member
    Actually, UCLA's architecture program's not all that bad...
    I don't think UCLA is so much better than UCLA to make two years at a cc worth it. I also think employers "notice" who went to the UC for 4 years and who transfered.

    Not once has it ever come up for me. Not a single interviewing employer asked me if I went to a CC. I've heard that some do, but it's quite easy to draw attention away from it if they do care.
    other than that...ucsd is good for sciences, unfortunately im not interested in sciences at all

    UCSD also has a top 5 poli sci dept., top 10 econ dept., top 15 history dept., and other excellent social science and humanity programs.



    I must admit, however, that I am partial to transferring. I will not lie about my bias. For one, I transferred. I believe that it actually offered me a lot of opportunities that going straight to a UC would not have offered me. I was able to really differentiate myself at the time of transfer, get offered tons of great scholarships, and really solidify my academic portfolio for the first half of my academic career.

    But then again, I was a workaholic who took 18+ units each semester and got a 4.0. Your mileage may vary. Nonetheless, I do know that for the most part my one year at a CC has in no way affected my career goals. Seriously, most grad schools and most employers aren't even going to notice or care.

    If you feel that strongly about one particular campus, then consider transferring. Most TAPs will offer you an almost guaranteed transfer to UCLA. Heck, I was also able to offer some privates, Cal, and a few other top publics to my list when I transferred. I chose UCLA for personal and financial reasons, but I do think that it's more than possible to go from a CCC to a top private if you work hard enough.
  • noori07noori07 Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    yay UCLAri, thanks...thats kinda what i wanted to hear...and UCSDTRITON..i did get into cal poly slo...but even tho im thinking architecture im not completely sure ...and tht kinda leaves me at the point where i really dont know what im going to do...architecture is just kind of an idea...and im looking into it...but thats all.
  • UCLAriUCLAri Registered User Posts: 14,740 Senior Member
    noori07,

    Going to UCSD is the "easy" choice in a way. You definitely get your 4 year degree from a top university. Going to a CCC is a bit more of a gamble. However, I can guarantee this much: if you work as hard at a CCC as you did in high school to get into UCSD, you will be able to transfer to UCLA.
  • mikemacmikemac Registered User Posts: 10,128 Senior Member
    As to the general debate between a JC or a UC, I'd go with the UC hands down. It looks better, more exciting, and just as easy to transfer between UCs.
    The experience can be quite different if you attend a UC or a CC. There's the overall college environment, average ability/dedication of the students, and so on.

    But if you go to UCSD don't count on transferring; it is not "just as easy". According to the UCLA website in 2006 they admitted 45% of those applying from a community college, 32% from other UC campuses, and 15% from all other Calif schools. See http://www.admissions.ucla.edu/prospect/Adm_tr/Tr_Prof06.htm
  • Gryffon5147Gryffon5147 Registered User Posts: 3,765 Senior Member
    UCSD for sure. It's not that bad... In fact, its pretty damn good. Not enough to justify going to community college for two years.
  • UCLAriUCLAri Registered User Posts: 14,740 Senior Member
    I don't see why going to a CC is really all that "bad." Does anyone on this site think I would be more successful had I not gone to one?

    I sincerely doubt it.
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