UC vs. CSU (Cal State)
The UCs tend to be more theoretical; the CSUs more practical.
The UCs are more expensive.
The UCs may be preferable if you wish to go to grad school.
The CSUs may be better suited to evening students and full-time workers.
It depends on what you want to study. Don't just go by U.S. News & World Report!
Contact people at Mesa and at prospective four-year colleges! Use web sites! Contact any other "local experts" in your field. Email may be good.
Some organizations prefer the UCs; others prefer the Cal States. The UCs may be more "prestigious," but there may be more Cal Staters who can help you with jobs.
Visit the campuses! Talk to people there!
Assist website: http://www.assist.org
Mesa's Transfer Center: http://www.sdmesa.net/trancareer/transfer_index.htm
UC Pathways: http://www.ucop.edu/pathways/
SOME UC TRANSFER AGREEMENT PROGRAMS AND THE LIKE
Berkeley (UCB): none; CAP (Cooperative Admissions Programs) may be terminated (received word in March 2005)
Davis (UCD): TAA (Transfer Admission Agreement)
Irvine (UCI): PAIF (Preliminary Admission in the Field)
Los Angeles (UCLA): TAP (Transfer Alliance Program)
Merced: TAG (Transfer Agreement Guarantee)
Riverside (UCR): TAG
San Diego (UCSD): TAG
Santa Barbara (UCSB): TAA
Santa Cruz (UCSC): GATE (Guaranteed Admission for Transfer Entry)
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