computer science at UCI or cal poly pomona

<p>im looking to get a job with a bachelor in computer science when i graduate, hopefully at a big computer/tech company
should i go to cal poly or uci?
what im looking for is where i can get a job at a big/good company out of college</p>

<p>UCI... no question about it</p>

<p>UCI period.</p>

<p>cal poly. Companies want graduates from cal poly because they have more pragmatic experience with computer science rather then the theoretical experience that students of uci may have. Have you gotten into uci yet and are trying to decide?</p>

<p>yes i have gotten into UCI
does UCI have a list where it shows jobs and companies their undergrads have gotten like cal poly has here
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<p>i agree with lastforever. companies esp in silicon valley like cal poly</p>

<p>California State University in general focuses on undergraduate education while the University of California is a research university that also focuses on research and graduate education. </p>

<p>If you just want to program well or some kind of an office job at a tech company, I guess Cal Poly, or just about any CSU with a good CS program, is the way to go.</p>

<p>However, if you plan go onto graduate school sometime in your life or want to work on the theory side of computer science than its application (programming), I guess UCI is the way to go. Just a quick look at the ICS (Information and Computer Science) faculty tells you the school focuses much more on research/analysis/consultant of computer science than on actual application experience.</p>

<p>I'm confused... the poster said cal poly POMONA, not cal poly SAN LUIS OBISPO. If it was cal poly slo then that would be a toss up between the two, but UCI has a slight advantage because it has it's own computer science school.</p>

<p>UCI, no question. There might be a (very weak) argument for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, but not Cal Poly Pomona.</p>

<p>Agree with im_blue and I'm a current Cal Poly SLO comp sci student. Though I don't think the argument between SLO and UCI is that weak but that's going off topic. UCI has a school dedicated to computer science and also is much more selective. Cal Poly Pomona, while a solid school, has a less selective student body.</p>

<p>What is it with CSU having different names and similar names that's confusing nonetheless :p</p>

<p>so i would have a better chance getting a job if i went Cal Poly POmona than UCI?</p>

<p>UCI is known for CS. Cal Poly Pomona is known for Engineering. I would pick UCI.</p>

<p>UCI would be better. If it were Cal Poly SLO and UCI, it would be a toughter decision, but against Pomona, in my opinion, I would pick UCI</p>

<p>I am an executive in a Silicon Valley SW firm. Given the choice-- all other things being equal-- between a UCI and a Cal Poly Pomona grad, the UCI grad wins hands down everytime. No contest. Of course, things are never equal, and a real go-getter from Cal Poly Pomona could easily blow by a so-so student from UCI.</p>

<p>That said, the reality is that we (and other SW companies) often look for students with MS (Or Ph.D) degrees. UCI is a very-respected program (not in the Berkeley-Stanford league, but very good), so excellent students should have no problem getting into top flight grad schools. The excellent students from Cal Poly Pomona will be at a disadvantage in this regard.</p>

<p>If the question had been about Cal Poly SLO, it would have been less clear cut. However, even there UCI would likely still have an edge-- albeit a bit smaller.</p>

<p>I could ramble on about why UCI is a wiser choice, but it's finals week right now. </p>

<p>Go to UCI.</p>

<p>Google interviews at UCI.</p>

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<p>to puffypen or anyone who can answer this
if i just got a bachelor and not a MS or PHD would the school matter?</p>

But please note that even Cal Poly Pomona is not a bad choice either. I work with a lot of people in management position that went to Cal Poly Pomon for CS and UCR.</p>

<p>As I stated before, even wrt to getting a job with an undergraduate degree, all other things being equal, the UCI grad will have a leg up[ over the Cal Poly Pomona grad. But things are not always equal, and a very good Cal Poly grad will blow by a mediocre UCI grad. Thus, the best advice is to excel at whatever school you attend.</p>

<p>Finally, the emphasis on schools is misleading. Where you went to school becomes irrelevant after a few years on the job. The school may help you land your first job, but what you do on your first job will get you your second job and/or your first promotion.</p>