Hey guys! So I was recently admitted to the above schools as a community college transfer & I'm having a kind of painful time with my decision. Mainly because:
-to me, Pomona has the better academics and ranking. I love the sense I get from CPP that they try to instill their students with practical experience and industry pertinent skills. BUT I'd have to start as a guaranteed sophomore because a lot of the classes I took weren't transferable to CPP. Still gonna try to petition that, but I have to look at it as 3+ years at least for now. That physically pains me given all the time at cc, plus it jacks up the price of my degree.
-SJ is crazy expensive to live in (though I've seen affordable rooms for rent). And I know it's a great place to get a tech degree + job, but I'm not sure if it's great for civil engineering. Or if being in silicon valley will give me any advantage at all in that field.
-location wise, I'd probably prefer SJ. Kind of a boring concrete jungle, but I love the Bay. I'd really want to start my career somewhere close if I could. I kinda hate socal from my limited experience there, but I've never been to Pomona, & I'm trying to keep an open mind. I don't want location to be a prime factor in my decision.
-Both schools are impacted & I've heard getting classes is rough, but that it might be worse at SJSU? I think? I haven't been able to find out particulars about the situation at Pomona. I do know SJSU at least has the 4 Year Pledge + other ways to get priority reg.
-Not a huge deal, but if I moved to Pomona, my friends/family here would be a plane ride away.
-Both places have a student chapter of Engineers Without Borders, which is huge to me, but I'm not sure which if either has the better program.
I thought enough research would make my decision clear, but I'm at an impasse now. I've looked up all the rankings, avg alumni earnings, etc, that I could find, and have come to the conclusion that both are similarly ranked enough. I really don't want to look back at this time and regret my decision.
If anyone has any thoughts, advice, experience, or any other 2 cents I'd love so much to hear it! Thanks in advance