Since your daughter is looking at the UC’s, she needs to be aware that these are very PUBLIC universities and come with public issues.
-They are large and funded mostly by state taxpayers and the State of California which means that some GE courses are large. The UC’s were developed for instate residents to provide affordable educations for its residents. They weren’t predicted to become the world-wide leaders that have evolved. Competition is fierce and hence, the schools have to be large to accommodate as many qualifying residents as possible.
It was not uncommon for my daughter to be in large math and science classes and labs (think ~300+ students).
-UCLA is on the quarter system which goes very fast and is intense.
A number of California High Schools have changed and adapted their school schedules to quarter systems in order to prepare the students for possible attendance at the UC’s. This was the case at my children’s high school (in 2008). They had 10 weeks to prove themselves. The students liked the change, the staff was slow to adapt, but now currently love it!
UCB is on the semester system but is equally rapid and uber competitive.
If your daughter feels that she will be able to thrive in a fast-paced environment, within large classes, then she will do well.
Right now, costs are at ~$67K per year and are estimated to rise. That doesn’t include her health insurance, travel and personal expenses. Scholarships, are almost non-existent, for non-residents typically run about $2500 per year (not semester). My daughter received a $300 book grant. That was it!
As a sophomore, her grades “count”. The UC’s use 10th-11th grades for admission purposes. Eleventh grade is very tough on these kids.
If you’re willing to take out loans to pay for her tuition, it’s going to get really pricey.