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California Schools for business

jacefromLAjacefromLA Registered User Posts: 317 Member
edited November 2012 in College Search & Selection
I am looking to transfer to a California University for business in Fall 2013 and the process of filling applications is coming soon. I am mainly looking to major in Accounting more specifically or have a concentration in accounting if the major is not offered. I just want to attend a school that I will do good at academically and earn a good set of skills for my career. Additionally, I am looking for a school with good job placement too, possibly internship possibilities with the Big 4.
Currently I am looking at the following schools, but cannot decide if this is the final list I ought to have.

San Jose State-Business Admin
San Diego State-Business Admin
Long Beach State-Business Admin
UC Riverside-Business Admin
UC Irvine-Business Admin/Econ
UCLA-Business Econ
UC Berkeley- Econ
Santa Clara University-Accounting
Loyola Marymount University-Accounting
University of Southern California-Business Admin to Accounting ( I know that I must apply as a BA first and then once I get to the school I can apply for the accounting major after filling the remaining requirements there)

I ultimately want to narrow this list down to about 5 or 6 schools.

I am also considering these schools, but I am not too interested in them:
San Francisco State-Business Admin
UC Davis-Manaerial Econ
UCSB-Econ with Accounting
University of San Francisco-Business Admin/Accounting
Baruch College (New York)-Accounting
UT Austin (Texas)-Accounting

So if you could give an order to the top list and make any suggestions or share any advice or experiences, etc.
Your input is very much appreciated!
Post edited by jacefromLA on

Replies to: California Schools for business

  • UCBChemEGradUCBChemEGrad Registered User Posts: 10,262 Senior Member
    Apply to Berkeley as "Pre-business". Then apply to Haas for your junior year. If you don't get into Haas (~ 50% don't) then do economics.

    If you have the academic chops, Berkeley's Haas and USC's Leventhal are what you should be aiming. UT-Austin is also very good but expensive if you're out of state. I would only apply there if you can afford full tuition. I'd apply UCLA biz-econ then others based on the campus, finances and environment you prefer.
  • Sparkeye7Sparkeye7 Registered User Posts: 2,466 Senior Member
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  • jacefromLAjacefromLA Registered User Posts: 317 Member
    Anyone care to share some more feedback?
  • 8841405588414055 Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    Top 3 business schools in California according to Business Week are CAL,USC,and Cal Poly SLO. As for other schools, I would recommend San Diego State for accounting.
  • solesteesolestee Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    I was in the exact same boat as you. I've narrowed down my choices to Cal Poly SLO, Cal Poly Pomona, CSU Fullerton, and UCI.
    Cal Poly SLO would be my number one choice as I've read many times that it's preferred by accounting firms due to the hands-on teaching.

    Not to hijack the post, but does anyone know which is better regarding accounting, Cal Poly Pomona or CSU Fullerton? I've heard of good things about Fullerton's business program but many also like the "Cal Poly" attachment to Pomona.
  • jacefromLAjacefromLA Registered User Posts: 317 Member
    anymore feedback?
  • blbkblbk Registered User Posts: 135 Junior Member
    If you have the academic chops, go for Berkeley Haas, USC Marshall, USC Leventhal, or UCLA Biz-Econ.
  • turtlerockturtlerock Registered User Posts: 1,184 Senior Member
    jacefromLA wrote:
    I am looking to transfer to . . .

    San Jose State-Business Admin
    San Diego State-Business Admin
    Long Beach State-Business Admin
    UC Riverside-Business Admin
    UC Irvine-Business Admin/Econ
    UCLA-Business Econ
    UC Berkeley- Econ
    Santa Clara University-Accounting
    Loyola Marymount University-Accounting
    University of Southern California-Business Admin to Accounting

    Transferring into each of these schools can be very different. Not impossible, just different reqs or guidelines for each, so be aware of that and plan accordingly. Chances are, fulfilling the reqs to be admitted as a transfer at a CSU/UC will be different than a private university (I know this is the fact for SJSU & SCU, though both campuses are only a couple miles apart geographically). So unless you stay where you are for an extended period of time to complete the pre-reqs (both general education and major prep) that each school requires, you will not be able to apply to all at the same time.

    In regards to your actual list though, it looks solid. An even mixture of CSU, UC, and privates and it looks like if you just eliminated 1 from each category, then you'd be close to your 6. To do this I would evaluate which aspects of college are important to me (i.e. location, cost, program/degree offered, name recognition, size, etc) and see if any 1 campus consistently falls to the bottom of each aspect's list. That would be the one to knock out. Make some sense?

    I would then look at schools geographically and compare then with the aspects (criteria) lists you may have considered above. For example, SJSU and SCU are right near each other. However, one is a CSU, and thus considerable cheaper compared to the private SCU. Both offer a program you'd be interested in and both are in prime real estate for jobs and internship opportunities (SV). One is considerable bigger and urban, while the other is smaller and suburban. So, in the example, if affordability is your highest criteria, then it may be wise to summize that SCU will come with a considerably higher price tag and you can drop it in favor of applying to SJSU. Or, alternatively, if you prefer more intimate campus structure, then you can drop SJSU in favor od SCU.

    I notice you have a lot more SolCal schools than NorCal schools (and even less if you drop one of the Bay Area ones). Really, you have a good mixture in SolCal that, IMO, makes the only school worth applying to in the North as Berkeley. A CSU South like Long Beach or Fullerton would be better than SJSU if you intended to return to the LA area. Also, consider locality in CSU admissions. 'Locals' - those students who live in the campus' service area (based on zip codes) - receive admissions priority over those applying from outside the service area. So, if you live in LA, then you would have better chances at LB than SJ.

    I would also consider dropping UCR if I was already applying to UCLA and UCI, unless I were heck-bent on attending a UC or I plan to use it as a plan C UC, say if I was not admitted to either UCLA or UCI.

    SLO is always highly regarded, but personally I don't like how it looks like it's out in the middle of nowhere (in the dead space between LA and the Bay Area - a little too far to have internships during the school year or to actively go out to job search, but some may argue that the "hands on learning" that may be provided there and recruiting aspects will make up for that). Fullerton is one of just a few colleges in the entire state that have not just the Business AACSB Accredation, but also the Accounting AACSB Accredation as well (USC does also), so I might consider that only because it's unique and not wholly because that would help at all for employment prospects. All the schools on your list have the AACSB Accredation, so there should be no worries there.

    In short, you should consider if the Bay Area schools offer you anything different from the SolCal ones besides the obvious locational one. If you don't care about staying in the LA area (assuming from your SN), then you should consider dropping the pricey SCU and the replacable SJSU and instead look into Fullerton or SLO if you're so inclined (while dropping UCR). UCLA and USC are probably the harder programs to get into, but LMU, CSULB, and UCI are all there to back-up (1 private, 1 CSU, and 1 UC so you still have great diversity) - and Fullerton should you add it.
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