I'm applying for Fall 2017 as a business undergrad from a community college. My GPA is 3.78, I have an internship in my field and have several business related work references, as well as a few clubs I'm involved in at school. My goal is to get into the best school possible, but I would prefer not to go to an overly expensive private school, and it would also be better if I could stay in California. I also was disappointed to learn that most of the UC's only offer economics and not business as a major (except for UC Berkeley or Irvine). With that in mind, my top choices are:
1. UC Berkeley Haas
2. Cal Poly SLO
3. San Diego State
4. San Francisco State
5. CSU Long Beach
6. San Jose State
My first choice is definitely Berkeley, and I'm pretty undecided after that. I feel I should mention I'm from the bay area and have already made a few connections here. I really like Cal Poly SLO but also hear it may not necessarily be the best location for making business connections, maybe some of you could speak to that. So a few questions I have are
1. What are my chances of getting into Berkeley Haas given my GPA of 3.78, with strong extra- curriculars and work experience, and also assuming I write very strong essays in my application?
2. Are there any schools not on this list that I should consider? And I feel I should repeat that I would like to avoid paying 50k a year for a private school. I plan on getting my masters degree so if I'm going to be spending that much on school, it will be for my masters. Also, I know it's popular to hate on the CSU's, but keep in mind they offer business majors and UCs don't!