CSU’s

The CSU is a leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education. With 23 campuses, almost 437,000 students, and 44,000 faculty and staff, we are the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country.

Campuses include:

•California State University, Bakersfield
•California State University Channel Islands
•California State University, Chico
•California State University, Dominguez Hills
•California State University, East Bay
•California State University, Fresno
•California State University, Fullerton
•Humboldt State University
•California State University, Long Beach
•California State University, Los Angeles
•California Maritime Academy
•California State University, Monterey Bay
•California State University, Northridge
•California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
•California State University, Sacramento
•California State University, San Bernardino
•San Diego State University
•San Francisco State University
•San José State University
•California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
•California State University San Marcos
•Sonoma State University
•California State University, Stanislaus
When looking into the CSU system the website csumentor is a great tool, check it out!

UC’s

The campuses of the University of California provide exciting environments that foster world-class educational and research opportunities and generate a wide range of benefits and services that touch the lives of Californians throughout the state.

The UC family includes more than 234,000 students, more than 207,000 faculty and staff, 50,000 retirees and more than 1.6 million living alumni.

Campuses include:

Berkeley
Davis
Irvine
Los Angeles
Merced
Riverside
San Diego
San Francisco
Santa Barbara
Santa Cruz

UC vs CSU

There is a lot of controverse about whether the UC or CSU system are better. Here’s a link I found that discusses the differences. From there it’s up to decide which is better for you.

http://www.collegemapper.com/blog/2012/10/california-colleges-uc-vs-csu/

If you are someone who is looking for or interested in attending a more prestigious university then the UC systems are probably more your style. You might even want to consider a private. However, if you enjoy learning on a more personal level with hands on experience then you should consider a CSU.

 

September

Time to start looking into schools if you haven’t already. Some key things to consider when deciding on potential schools.

1) JC or University- Private or public- UC or CSU
Each type of school is set up differently to help you prepare for your future career goals. You should look into the universities goals and make sure that they match up with yours. Find the learning enviroment that best suites you.

2) Cost
Depending on what type of school you decide to attend the costs will vary. For a JC on average it costs around $3,000 assuming you live at home. CSU are on average about $25,000 annually. UC’s on average cost around $35,000 annually. Privates can range any where from $30,000 to $70,000 annually. With this in mind make the right choice for you and your family. But at the same time dont let money be the reason you don’t go to school. There is tons of free money out there for students just like you.

3) Major or specialty programs
Another big decision making when applying for schools is majors. You have to make sure you choose a school that has your major. Personally, my experience was I am an Agriculture major so I had to apply to schools that offered that major. In the end it came down to four schools for me. You should also look into specialty programs, there are tons of great schools out there but some may have better for example nursing programs then others even if the other does have a higher ranking.

4) Location
Your going to be living in this place, what ever town your school is located in, for four years so make sure its a place you are comfortable in. In the end you have to feel safe so if thats closer to home or in a small town then make that move.

5) School Ranking
If rankings is imporant to you then there are plenty of sites that mathematically rank universities for you or if you plan on playing a sport in college and you want to go to a division one school look into that aswell.

6) Eligibility
Finally after you have done all of the things above check your eligibility. All universities have requirements for admission ranging from high school courses, gpa, test scores, ect.

Grades

First semester of your senior year is the only part that counts towards your overall 10- 12 grade GPA and your last chance to boost your academic GPA. You should always shoot for academic excellence but especially now. This GPA is requested a lot when applying for  universities, scholarships, and awards.

Go out with a bang and get good grades!

List of Priorities

Senior year is jammed packed with things to do, places to go, and people to see. With all of this going on its easy to loose track of what is truly important to you. There are countless dead lines and you want to meet everyone of them but sometimes its just impossible. By creating a list of your priorities before hand you can refer back to it if you are in a situation where you are questioning yourself. Take 10 minutes out of your day and write down what your priorities are, what is important to you. For me it was my school work, college admissions, scholarships, various clubs (ex. FFA), my family, and then my social life. Lets see what you come up with!