Hey guys! Most of my decisions are out, and the ones left are my last priority schools, so I’m not too worried. The ones listed in the title are my top choices and when I got into UCSD, I was super excited and pretty sure I wanted to commit, but now I’m not sure and would really like your inputs. I’m currently living abroad so I have no chance to tour the campus but I really like all of them based on virtual tours. But I also dont have much local insight on these colleges, so any help is appreciated. Right now my choices are ( in order)
- ucsd ( 34K /yr) 2. Ucsc ( 38k/yr) 3. Cal poly SLO ( 30k/yr) 4. Sdsu ( 31k /yr) 5. ASU ( 24k/yr OOS)
EFC = 33K per year, so all of them are more or less affordable according to FAFSA, ucsc being the most costly. ( and does anyone know if the COA on my page 38k is actually how much it will cost?)
UCSD is higher ranked for psychology but I heard that the social life and party scene is dead. Now, I am an academic student and not like SUPER high level social but my high school social life sucked and I’ve never gone to huge social parties and I would really like that experience. I want to hang out with large groups and get out of my comfort zone.I cannot do another 4 years of isolation and no friends. That’s to say I want good social scene without too much partying and have a chance to also do well in psych. Does UCSD offer that? Or is it quite dull? Is it worth compromising a littl less active social scene for a better degree?
And in UCSD I also called ERC which was my third choice of college so that’s also slightly putting me off but I’m willing to compromise.
UCSC is also good for psychology, but much more expensive than my other choices but it has the beach which is dope. How is the academics? Social scene?. I want a decent balance. I heard it was decent for psych but more opportunities for STEM majors.
Cal Poly SLO. Also good for psychology, and I like the campus. I heard not much too do outside of it tho. Heard the STEM focus is more and more funding and opportunities for those fields as opposed to humanities.
SDSU- Great for psych but heard the area around the college isnt the best and maybe too much partying? Less focus on academics. Not sure about the opportunities after college and placement and stuff.
ASU is the cheapest, but I’m not the biggest fan of the climate and I really like the beach, which all the other schools offer which is why ASU is last on the list. But I am considering it since it’s definitely more affordable. I also heard the school is super huge wirh lots of people, and since it has a high acceptance rate, people from all academic backgrounds congregate and I am afraid I wont be challenged academically. Also heard it’s a huge party school so.
I want a college good for psychology, preferably near the beach, good social scene with chance of parties and socializing, affordable COA and possible chance to qualify for merit scholarships as enrolled students to bring COA down, and good job placement opportunities, and a diverse background ( both ethnically and have the ability to challenge myself academically(. Which of these schools would likely be a good fit for me? UCSD prestige and programme seems the best, but in other aspects is it worth it?
I do plan on doing grad school, so want to get opptunties for excelling in school so I can utilize great undergrad grades to level scholarships for grad school. And obviously minimize cost for grad.
These are my top choices but I’ve also gotten into SUNY Stony Brook, Univeristy of Arizona, CSU Long beach, TAMU ( Blinn), UT Dallas, and WL at UCLA ( if I get off, that will jump to the top of my list). I’m waiting on sjsu, csu Fullerton and uc riverside. ( But my dad is not keen on sending me to these three even if I get in so).
Any inputs would be helpful. Thank you :))