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U.S. College Road Trip! Episode 12 - The University of California System


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I’m trying something new with this stop on the road trip. We have already visited UCLA and UC-Berkeley but there are 8 more schools in the University of California system. Each UC campus has its own variety of degrees and specialties offered, and each UC also has different acceptance rates.


The University of California (UC) system includes:


UC San Francisco is focused on health education, and UC Merced is the newest campus, having opened in 2005. The UC system also includes numerous research centers and academic abroad centers.


The acceptance rates to the University of California (UC) vary by campus and program. The acceptance rates for the 2022-2023 admissions cycle range from 8.6% for UCLA to 89% for UC Merced.


The University of California (UC) system and the California State University (Cal State) system are both public university systems in California. Here are some differences between the two systems:

UCs:

  • Offer 160 academic majors and 800 different degree programs

  • Are generally more prestigious than Cal States

  • Focus on research and theory

  • Operate as residential campuses

  • Are designed for students who require campus housing

  • Offer both undergraduate and graduate education

  • Have higher tuition costs

  • Have different acceptance rates for each campus

  • Offer financial aid, including scholarships, to help manage costs

Cal States:

  • Provide over 4,100 undergraduate and graduate programs

  • Focus on practical, career-focused training over research-heavy disciplines

  • Largely enroll commuter students who do not live on campus

  • Are more likely to have students live off campus and commute to classes

  • Are quite affordable and flexible

  • Offer undergraduate and graduate education

  • Have lower tuition costs

  • Have different acceptance rates for each campus

  • Offer financial aid, including scholarships, to help manage costs

Ultimately, the decision between UCs and Cal States depends on the individual's needs, goals, and perspective.


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Are you a UC Alum? Any insight into your experiences would be amazing. At Next Level College Application we do not have an agenda other than helping our clients find the schools that are the best fit for them.

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