@Happy2Help and several posters are finding that we are repeating ourselves constantly on the posts, so we’re going to try to consolidate our information here.
**Myth 1: All I have to do is get great grades and scores and I’ll get tons of scholarships. **
Costs vary for public and private colleges.
-You will get no state funding towards our public universities. Our colleges are paid for by taxes from California residents, and those ain’t cheap. Priority goes to the children of those taxpayers. They will be implementing a cap on OOS and international students.
-(Recruited athletes may be an exception; if you don’t have 15+ Pac10 schools trying to get you, don’t bother them)
-That means the UCs and Cal states won’t give you much towards your tuition and fees.
-Plan on $58k for the UCs per year and $36k for the Cal States. Privates will generally run about $60k
-The CCs may run about 20k depending on the county.
Berkeley is spelled in this manner.
Myth 2: It’s all sunny, warm, and beachy in California. I can go to school at Irvine and get to the Silicon Valley in a couple of hours.
California is big in population and in geography.
It takes at least a full day to get from one part of the state to the other. (It takes me 10 hours to drive from San Diego to Davis-through valleys, desert and near mountain ranges)
Mosts of our coasts are rocky and cold unless it is summer. People wear wetsuits in the water. We get dense fog near our coasts that takes a while to burn off in the morning.
Northern California gets colder than Southern California. Berkeley is in the northern section of the state, make an assumption about the weather there. It is greener than Southern California. Fascinating boy hear people talk about the great sunny weather in Berkeley.
UCSD’s campus is not directly on the beach; UCSB’s is.
Myth 3: My stats are exactly like the posted stats, so I’m in for sure.
Nope, our stats also include those local “underperforming” high schools’ students (SES) who have admission guarantees with the local universities as well as recruited athletes, so your stats have to be above those posted.
Myth 4: I’ll just pay OOS fees for two years and then I’ll get instate residency.
Nope, if you come to California with an OOS transcript, you’re going to pay OOS funding for all 4 years.
Working some minor part time job won’t recover the state’s university fees that they would have to pay for your education. Our state is out of money so if you come here trying to get residency, that isn’t going to happen. What the CCs do for residency at the CCs does not transfer to the publics.
Myth 5: Everyone is fit, tan and blond.
Those people are on TV. California used to be New Spain. The population of California is 51% Hispanic.
We also have a rich Asian population in the Bay Area which is largely comprised of the Chinese Culture. This population was crucial in the building of early California but doesn’t get a whole lot of credit for that. The Los Angeles area has large pockets of community centers with various ethnicities and religions, that bring a great mix of people together. If you don’t like being around a great cultural mix, don’t apply.
Myth 6: I’ll just get from point A to point B on public transportation.
Nope, our transportation is not good. Everything is done by car.
Myth 7: I’ll find a cheap apartment near the beach.
Rents are ridiculously expensive. Don’t expect to find a cheap apartment anywhere near a large city.
@Happy2Help, your turn: