<p>One more IMPORTANT thing...
As a double minority (hispanic woman) graduate of CAL, the year, Steve "the" WOZ" dropped out..It was an absolute privilege & honor to get accepted as a transfer student after 2 years at Cal State LA. Yes, the very controversial "affirmative action" existed, however, there were no TAG, IGETC, etc. programs to speak of. Virtually every course taken at a Cal State, then,was not transferable. Once accepted, one had to PROVE themselves daily to be able to compete with the quantum caliber students. </p>
<p>To this day, 28 years later, UC Berkeley on a resume, grant proposal, political or academic committee application, room mom or soccer team coach application, et al, <name your="" form="">, still carries the prestigious reputation.</name></p>
<p>Getting a BS in Computer Science after 6 years of undergrad work was
worth the loss of my brain cells, blood, sweat & tears depleted in Evans Hall & Sproul Plaza.
If given the choice of transfer to a top tier UC vs attending a lower tier UC from High school, I think the future benefits far outweigh the latter choice.
....No matter what it takes, time, sacrifice, delayed gratification, etc.</p>
<p>Graduate schools are biased towards accepting the top tier UC's. It looks good to their Alumni member fundraising Board members.</p>
<p>Also, another path is, if one is in good standing at a particular UC, one can transfer to another campus as a Junior, depending on major availability. UC Merced & Riverside are open to average students right out of High School with many scholarships specific to thier campus ready to bestow on prospective students.</p>
<p>We are privileged, indeed, to Live in America! the land of Public education and the land of a second, third & fourth chance to fulfill our dreams!</p>
<p>Good Luck to All of you~</p>