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communications major sdsu or ucd

sandavissandavis Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
edited March 2009 in San Diego State University
I'm from the L.A. area, and where should I go (communications or international studies major)? UCD is a UC campus, but seems kind of far away from it all, SDSU is a Cal State campus but seems to be in a more "big city" area?
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  • the87stickupkidthe87stickupkid Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    SDSU..... nuff said
  • Cali TrumpetCali Trumpet Registered User Posts: 1,607 Senior Member
    sdsu nuff said? Maybe give him a reason besides being a SDSU fanatic.

    UCD's campus is leaps better than SDSU's campus. I live very close to SDSU and have went to games at the Jenny Craig Pavillion so yes I would know.

    I am not sure for your particular major but as you know, CSU's pick up the "learn by doing" approach. Uc's are more research based. I think if you are serious about school, definitely go to UCD. SDSU is a very party happy campus and seems to be a 'good school' based on its popularity then it's academics. UCD on the other hand has a college town atmosphere and will be very different from your LA setting. It is up in the mountains and fairly peaceful. SDSU is right in the middle of downtown San Diego, which is probably not very exciting for you. It is not on the water like one might think.

    Your choice. My opinion is biased since I would choose a UC over a CSU, but at least I am giving you something more than "UCD nuff said."
  • WestCoast101WestCoast101 Registered User Posts: 239 Junior Member
    Cali Trumpet- What are you talking about?

    "I live very close to SDSU and have went to games at the Jenny Craig Pavillion so yes I would know."
    The Jenny Craig Pavilion is USD's basketball arena, not San Diego State's.

    "SDSU is right in the middle of downtown San Diego, which is probably not very exciting for you."
    SDSU is definitely not in the middle of downtown. It's at least a 10 minute drive from there.
  • ashleybrooke9589ashleybrooke9589 Registered User Posts: 50 Junior Member
    It really depends. If you want the label of "UC" , then UCD. but if you want a nice area with a pretty good education and a lot of fun then SDSU.
    and yeah, sdsu is NOT in the middle of downtown... and the arena is Cox Arena nottt jenny craig.
  • PA MomPA Mom Registered User Posts: 975 Member
    I would see if your intended major is impacted at SDSU. That was definitely a factor for us. Other than that I loved SDSU.
  • rzajrrzajr Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    Cali Trumpet, is just mad that he didn't get accepted to SDSU. Have fun at UCR or UCSC!

    Also, have you been to downtown San Diego, they have many top end bars/clubs there.
  • Cali TrumpetCali Trumpet Registered User Posts: 1,607 Senior Member
    Actually, I was accepted to SDSU in the end. I was hearing about the budget cuts and I never heard back from SDSU for so long I just assumed I got rejected and they were just taking forever to tell me. SDSU was my fallback plan anyways. I think going on a particular school’s forum and bashing it just because I was rejected would be fairly childish, don’t you?

    I am sorry about a few errors, as I got confused with USD. I have been to concerts at USD's campus, not SDSU, and that is my bad. I have spent a lot of time at SDSU nonetheless.

    But regarding the placement of SDSU and the proximity to a beautiful area of San Diego, it just is not in an ideal location; at least that is my opinion. I think many people who have not been to San Diego have false visions of this place (the area of San Diego, not the school). Yes there are beautiful places in San Diego, and the weather is great, but that does not mean that all of San Diego is beautiful. The campus of SDSU is great and is fairly well kept. I think of SDSU like UCLA in the way that they are both very nice looking schools in the middle of an ugly part of town with bad traffic. This weekend I drove by the school on my way to do my community service project and the traffic was just god awful. SDSU sort of sits on top of a hill overlooking many high ways. It is a fair distance from many San Diego hot spots such as our beaches. Though, it is close to Qualcomm stadium if you like the Chargers. All in all, if you’re a 'live on campus' person, SDSU will be great and you probably will just want to try to live on campus all four years. I would think commuting to the school everyday = not very fun.

    The area of Davis is definitely not like San Diego. It is an agricultural area and very green. The school campus is arguably nicer than San Diego but SDSU is rated as one of Playboy's top party schools so if that is important to you, you know where to go. UCD rests as one of the nation's top Universities and you are definitely going to see a higher class of students at UCD compared to SDSU.

    In most situations like the OP's, I would tell him to visit both campuses and decide which one he feels better in, but in this case, we are really comparing apples to oranges. UCD is clearly the 'better school' academically in this equation, but which environment the OP prefers is another story.

    Basically, the answer is not “SDSU, nuff said” as one poster stated. I am simply trying to give the UCD view to the argument with many points proving that the answer to the OP’s question is not black and white.
  • REAL_SDSU_ALUMREAL_SDSU_ALUM Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    It cracks me up how stupid CSUSD (San Diego State University) was when they used the acronym "SDSU" and name, "San Diego State University".

    I wouldn't be interested in going to a college where they are so stupid they think San Diego is a state.

    There's only one real SDSU, and it's 2,000 miles from CSUSD.
  • k444k444 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Cal State schools are very highly regarded for Communications Majors. Check out SDSU, Fullerton, Long Beach and SLO. I believe UCSB has a nice communication department as well. You need to read up on each the schools websites to see their specialty areas to see what matches your interests best.
  • Zabdou12Zabdou12 Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    honestly, i live about 20 min away from UCD and the area is very boring. Davis as a whole is a pretty small college town with the city of Sacramento nearby and unfortunately, there just isnt much to do. To be fair, UCD academically is a great school. Im not too sure about their communications program but i know their pre-med is excellent; its where my brother graduated. To the OP, area is typically an important factor so i would definately consider that but if it isnt important to you, research which school is academically a better fit for you and go from there.
  • goaggiesgoaggies Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    You might consider the fact that State Colleges and UC's serve different functions in general... the UC's being directed toward research and graduate study, whereas the CSU's are more directed toward working world experience and practical opportunities. If you are not sure of your direction, the UC's generally offer more flexibility in changing majors. So, as a communications major...what do you want to do? Do you lean toward academic research, or do you want a job in an ad agency or an HR department? I would also say, that as fabulous as San Diego State is, the hard truth is that UC Davis is more credible on your resume.
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