UCI vs UCSD??????

<p>My parents are giving me the option to choose either UCI or UCSD, and I'm so conflicted right now. I'm majoring in computer science (and yes, I do know that UCSD has a better reputation in terms of science majors) but I really do want to go to UCI because it's closer to home and I like the environment more. However, UCSD does have a more of a prestige background but it's more far from my home. Which will be better for me? UCI or UCSD? I plan on going to graduate school, so will my undergrad school matter??</p>

<p>UC Irvine. Your paragraph stopped mattering when you said “I like the environment more”. Choose the college that you know you will enjoy more because you will be more likely to succeed there.</p>

<p>In terms of graduate school, it varies. Some graduate school programs care about the undergrad school, some don’t. You need to be more specific. Are you planning on going into Computer Science as a grad student too? Either way, UCI isn’t a bad undergrad school.</p>

<p>I want to go to a good graduate school (and idk what major yet) but I want to pursue a career in software engineering</p>

<p>To be honest I felt the same way when I way in your situation. I liked UCSD, but when I visited UCI I just really loved it! However, UCSD was a better college for my major. Overall, I don’t regret my decision to come here at all. </p>

<p>I also wouldn’t base my decision to attend a college on how far it is from home. Since UCSD isn’t too far from UCI I would imagine you could get home either way if you really wanted to. However, to be honest you’ll probably be too occupied with schoolwork to go home too often. Also, college is a time to learn how to be independent, and to an extent that involves being away from home for extended periods of time.</p>

<p>That being said, UCI is also a good school and if you really like it a lot more I say go for it! Since you’re going to grad school it probably won’t matter that much as long as your grades are decent.</p>

<p>I don’t believe the undergrad school matters much for engineering. If it does have an impact, it’s small. In any case, the difference between UCSD and UCI isn’t significant enough for this to really matter.</p>

<p>thanks you guys. I’m 90% sure i’ll be attending uci now as a comp sci major :slight_smile: i’d rather get a good gpa in uci where competition isn’t as hectic than get a bad gpa in ucsd</p>