Greetings to all!
My name is Abe. I am a California community college student majoring in Electrical Engineering who is preparing to transfer colleges.
TLDR: Is it a terrible idea to transfer to Boise State University to save my relationship with my girlfriend when the only other college options are Cal States?
My girlfriend is moving to Idaho and will be attending Boise State University because she is unable to afford UCSB (she's an Idaho resident). We do pseudo distance right now (live 2 hours away, but my car is not competent to make the drive,so we must utilize the Greyhound) and we have noticed that there is a strain on us right now.
I applied to universities last year and got into my mid-choice, which was UCSD. However, my father (who previously said he could afford it) said he was no longer financially stable enough to fund it. I foolishly only applied to UCs because I knew I could get into UCD (tag) and have had an irrational bias against CSUs. Note: I cannot get FAFSA because my family makes too much; however, because my family is irresponsible with their money, they cannot afford to fund a university. Moreover, because of their bad credit, I cannot get a cosign on a loan.
After various conversations, I found that my max price point was 10k a semester, which leaves only CSUs and a select out of state universities which participate in WUE. The main CSU I am eyeing is Cal Poly SLO and the out-of-state option is Boise State University.
I have decided that the decision to distance-or-not-to-distance with my girlfriend will be based on any significant disparities in academic/opportunity between these colleges.
Finally, is the disparity in academic quality between Cal Poly SLO (or CSUs in general) and Boise State University significant enough to thwart my career and education? If not, would it entirely unwise to go to Boise State to be with my girlfriend?
PS: I am visiting Boise for a week later this year to get a feel for the place and have visited a majority of the CSUs I am interested in.