In California, there are four different categories of colleges. Community college, CSU, UC, and private/independent. Which is the best? There is no right answer. There are hundreds of colleges and each one differs in what they have to offer. I’m sure there is a perfect one just for YOU! All you have to do is research schools online. What interests you? Do you want to go somewhere with a large student population? A variety of sports? A school close to home? Somewhere affordable? Think about what your priorities are, what components are important to you, and browse around! Applying to college can seem stressful, but if you think about it you can pick and choose what you like, similar to a buffet!! So relax, take the time to research and visit schools, and have fun with it!
I absolutely love my campus! It’s very small but compact with so much activity! I can walk from one end to the other in 10 minutes and there is usually some sort of event taking place. It’s a bit secluded from the town of Camarillo; many visitors say it looks like a resort because it’s so beautiful. I love that there is green everywhere. It’s filled with grass, trees, and flowers of all sorts. On weekends it is quiet, creating a very peaceful setting –perfect for studying or taking a break from hectic schedules that college students have. If this sort of campus appeals to you consider applying for CSU Channel Islands! Go CI!!
October 1st is the day! Fall 2014 applications for the CSUs and UCs have officially opened (although you will not be able to officially submit your UC applications until November 1st). If anything, you should remember that filling out a college application TAKES TIME. Do not assume that you are going to get all your applications gathered, filled out, and submitted in one day. You may have questions or concerns.
Luckily, CSU Mentor for example has an express feature where you can fill out one application and then copy your personal info to other campus applications! Saves you a lot of time, but make sure your info is right the first time around! Also, just because you start your application doesn’t mean you have to finish it; you can always save what you input for later and come back to it.
What you’ll need in order to apply to CSUs and UCs:
- Transcripts. You don’t need to submit your transcripts at this point, but you will definitely need them to fill out high school course information and GPA info.
- Test scores, if you have them.
- A close estimate of your family’s annual income. You will need this information in order to get a fee waiver or apply for EOP.
- Social Security Number, if you have one.
- Residency status and info.
Applications for both the CSUs and UCs are due by November 30, 2013. If you’re applying to private colleges and universities, be sure to check the requirements and deadlines for each school as they may differ from campus to campus. Best of luck!
Choosing which school you want to attend can be quite difficult and frustrating. During my senior year I was stuck between choosing from a CSU or private school. Of course we think that graduating with a degree from a top private school will land us that perfect job afterwards. This is not necessarily true, I ended up choosing a CSU and it was one of the best decisions I have made. I often compare myself with friends that chose a private school over a CSU and I see them struggling everyday financially. Tuition is incredibly low compared to private schools. Here and there I hear my recent graduate friends complaining over their $40,000 or $50,000 loans and I just sit there knowing that I will graduate with no loans because my tuition is affordable and I receive financial aid. As far as landing a good job, that can depend on many different things and not just which school you graduated from. Overall, make a decision where you don’t over burden yourself with a huge loan at a young age.