Is a UC really better than a CSU under all circumstances?

<p>Hello, I am currently enrolled at UC-Riverside, economics major. I have recently realized that the major here is based as a social science, so it does not have any finance applications. I want to go into Investment banking after my undergrad. I also have found that CSULA has an applied economics program which has finance in the curriculum. So it seems that the program at CSULA would better prepare me for my career. I really do not want to go to graduate school after graduation. But does it really matter that one is a UC and one is a CSU? does the prestige or lack thereof of the school really matter on getting a job even if you have done internships? Also CSULA is much cheaper about $6,300 for tuition and fees as a commuter and at UCR it is about $14,000 tuition and fees plus I have to pay about $6,000 for my apartment for the school year. I have already applied to CSULA and it is the only school I applied to</p>

<p>IMO, the UCs and CSUs both have their place. UCs are seen as more rigorous and are often the school of choice when students intend to go to graduate school. CSUs have the upper hand in some circumstances, particularly when grad school is not planned. (Though it is very possible to go to a grad school from a CSU as well). The programs at CSUs tend to be more hands on and practical. And as you note, they are much less expensive.</p>

<p>Thanks for your reply. Do you think the prestige matters when looking for a job?</p>



<p>There are only a few fields in which prestige matters, a lot. And IB is one of them.</p>

<p>Realistically, IB ain’t gonna do much recruiting at UCR either.</p>

<p>Not as much as personal presentation, aptitude, and character IMO. It also, frankly, helps to have connections because networking is how people get jobs.</p>

<p>take a look at GS’s on campus recruiting.</p>

<p>How many Cal States do they visit. (I count none.)</p>

<p>How many UC’s do they visit? (I count one – Haas.)</p>

<p><a href=“Event Search Engine - Goldman Sachs”>Event Search Engine - Goldman Sachs</a></p>

<p>I have some connections with decades of banking experience.</p>


hardly seems believeable; if true, I wonder if you’re cut out of the cloth that makes a good IB. I mean, what’s the thought process here? “I could ask my connections with ‘decades of experience’ the best path for me. No, I think its better to ask anonymous HS kids on the internet. They’ll know the answer!”</p>



<p>You should probably brush up on your arithmetic then. UCLA is listed there as well. (under Tulane university.) But they also recruit at Rutgers so…</p>

<p>^^actually, it’s my reading glasses that need a new script!</p>

<p>Most schools offer students the opportunity to tailor their major. I’m sure UCR has some flexiblity in the must have courses contained in its Econ major. I"m sure you can add some math and finance somehow. Your smoothest route will be to talk to a department advisor and see what you can put together.</p>

<p>If you decide to transfer anyhow, Why not try to transfer to another UC? Transfers between systems are tough to pull off without loosing some of your credits. LA or B would be great, SD and Davis also have very credible programs.</p>

<p>If you gotta go to a CSU, CSULA is far from the best. I know SLO has a a quantitative Econ major. I think Long Beach and SDSU also offer very math centric programs. All 3 have more street cred than CSULA</p>

<p>Good luck.</p>