At her private school, students don’t declare a major until the end of their sophomore year, so that was one less thing for her to have to worry about.
This might be shocking to many on CC who revere private colleges but UC's are very hard to get into--almost all of them except maybe Riverside and Merced. Many many high stats kids get denied, certainly by UCB and UCLA but also by Davis and Santa Barbara, San Diego even Sant Cruz this last cycle.
Approx. 40% of the matriculating Frosh to UCLA and Cal and other UCs are first gen.
It will only be cheaper to send your child to "those" privates back east if you are eligible to receive Fin Aid.
In CA coastal areas, at least, many middle class families are shut out of any financial aid ...
A lot middle and upper middle class families would prefer to send their kids to UC's--especially if they have multiple kids--but cannot because they will be denied, even though they are excellent students
. and because they refuse to consider UCSC, UCR, and UCM. Or they overestimated their chances based on comparing their HS weighted GPA to UC recalculated weighted capped GPA.