Which school should I go to?

<p>I'm a freshman at a community college in Los Angeles, and I want to transfer as soon as I get the 60 units I need (it'll take me 1-2 more years). I don't know what I'm majoring in yet, but I'm thinking of Political Science, History, or Journalism. These are the schools I like the most:</p>

<li>UC Berkeley</li>
<li>Loyola Marymount</li>
<li>UC Santa Cruz</li>

<p>It's unlikely I'll be able to drive for at least a year wherever I go, so somewhere near a fun atmosphere would be good. Basically my deciding factors are: ease of transfer, location and/or public transportation, good under-grad/grad programs for the fields I'd want to study, friendly people, and dorm options for transfer students. Which of the five would be the best for me? Is there's a better school in California or maybe Canada that would fit me?</p>

<p>well for starters, post your stats!</p>

<p>also if you intend on going to grad or not</p>

<p>Yeah I want to go to grad school, but I don't know what I'm going for....I'm saying Poli Sci at this point
My stats? I'm guessing that's GPA and stuff. So far I have a 4.0, but I've only finished two classes. I got a 1910 on my SATs and a 32 on my ACTs.
My first choice is Berkeley, but I'm not sure if anyone cares about SATs when you're a transfer.</p>

<p>Gee with an ACT 32, you could have gotten free tuition at some schools as an incoming freshman.</p>

<p>Anyway...what is your financial situation? many schools don't give very good aid packages to transfer students. You should probably apply to some UCs.</p>

<p>LMU is going to be expensive.</p>

<p>This is interesting. It looks like UCB doesn't worry about grades/scores except meeting a minimum. The only requirement is an essay. I hope you're a good writer.
<a href="http://cds.berkeley.edu/pdfs/PDF%20wBOOKMARKS%2008-09.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://cds.berkeley.edu/pdfs/PDF%20wBOOKMARKS%2008-09.pdf&lt;/a> Look at Section D.</p>

<p>My financial stuff's in a weird place right now, because my family's income is high enough to disqualify me for financial aid but most of our income gets spent on the mortgage etc. I don't think money's a problem, but just in case I'm going to look at scholarships. Does LMU offer full/partial rides?</p>

<p>And thanks for the link that's really interesting...I wonder if there's a complicated transfer process in that case.</p>


<p>If most of the family's income is spent on mortgage, etc, then WHY isn't money an issue????</p>

<p>You need to ask your parents how much they can pay each year so you'll know what you're dealing with.</p>

<p>LMU doesn't offer full/partial rides to transfer students. Maybe you don't know this but, most colleges do NOT give good scholarships to transfer students. Colleges give their biggest scholarships to incoming freshmen. That's why I made the comment in the earlier post that some colleges would have given you free tuition as an incoming freshman.</p>

<p>Again, you need to ask your parents how much they'll pay each year.</p>

<p>They say around 40 K max, though that's stretching it....ideally I'm guessing it'd be around 20K. How do I get help from schools as a transfer?</p>

My financial stuff's in a weird place right now, because my family's income is high enough to disqualify me for financial aid but most of our income gets spent on the mortgage etc.


<p>Well, you have a lot of company in that weird place right now. And unfortunately, not much help is made available to cover people in your situation. From the school's point of view, people with good income and assets should save for college, or tap into the assets, to pay their own way. Some students too affluent to qualify for need-based aid do get merit scholarships, but they generally go to incoming freshmen with high stats (like a 32 ACT, at many schools.)</p>

<p>Berkeley or one of the other UCs makes the most sense. These are excellent schools. The good news is, you're saving money by attending a community college for 2 years.</p>

<p>Oh okay thanks :). Is it easier to transfer into Berkeley or one of the more selective schools as a sophomore/junior than to apply as a freshman? I have a decent GPA so far, but I don't know if that's enough...</p>