Field Trip to CSU Fullerton

7th and 8th-grade AVID attended their first field trip together by going to CSU Fullerton yesterday.  What a grade time we all had!  Here is a picture of me, Mrs. Espeseth and Ms. Angulo on the bus.

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This picture was sent in by Maria, the four girls are taking it easy after a snack.

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Here is another picture sent in by Maria of some more of here classmates hanging out in front of the Titans sign next to the Student center.

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I tried to get all 99 7th and 8th-grade students who attended the field trip in one picture.  Comment below, if you see yourself.

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One of the very nice college building that can be found at Fullerton.

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A memorial to the Sea Bees.

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Some artwork I found in search of some missing money.

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This next picture is so cool.  Ms. Sun and I had a lot of fun looking at the display of the solar system.  The planets are spaced in proportion to their distance in space.  You can’t see it in the picture but Saturn is way at the end of the corridor.

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Artwork located very close to where we started our tour.

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Be sure to share your pictures!  Send them to me so that I can upload them onto this article.  Next field trip is November 6th, we will be heading to UC Irvine.

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CSU Chico

My daughter is a junior in high school and is beginning to think about which college she would like to attend.  Sounded like a good reason to go on a road trip!  So my daughter, Cat and I, packed up our car and headed out last summer to see as many Cal State Schools we could in two weeks.  Third on our list was CSU Chico located 100 miles north of the city of Sacramento.  Which is about 500 miles from Downey.  I went to Chico State so I really wanted to take Cat there.  And I really wanted Cat to love it as much as I do.

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Anyway, she did not love the school as much as I thought she would.  I liked the fact that the school and city of Chico were right next to each other.  I also like the fact that she could live off campus but walk to school and still be really close to lots of other students.  The school recently built new dorms that were really nice.  Cat could not get over how friendly everyone was.  There is plenty to do if a person does not have a car and the school is close to rivers, mountains, and there is plenty of open space.  If a person were to go to Chico they would not be near any big towns.  I would not like that fact that she would be so far away.

Cat did not like the weather.  It gets to be about 115* in the summer and 20* in the winter.  She promised she would keep it in mind.  I think she just said that to keep me happy.

What is the Difference?

There are four different types of colleges in California.  Each has their advantages and disadvantages.

Community College

Example: El Camino College, Cerritos College, Long Beach City College

There are 113 community colleges in California.  Community colleges typically offer a two-year degree called an Associate’s degree (AA).   They also offer certificates like Fire Science, Culinary Arts, Auto Mechanics, and Vocational Nursing just to name a few.  All students are accepted to community colleges.  Cost on average is around $1,200 a year, not including books, fees, etc.  Click here for a list of all community colleges and their costs here.  The intent of students attending a community college is varied, students will either transfer to a 4-year university or receive training to get a job.

Pros: Inexpensive, smaller classes, and more night and weekend classes
Cons:  Limited classes, no campus life, and uninvolved students

State Schools

Example: Long Beach State, Dominguez Hills, Cal State L.A.

There are 23 state universities in California.  Click here for a list of all 23.  State schools typically offer four-year degrees called Bachelors of Art or Bachelors of Science.  Most also offer 6-year degrees called Masters of Art or Masters of Science.  Students must apply to attend a state university on average state schools accept the top 33% of students in their class.  The cost to attend a state university is the same at all 23 schools.  In 2014-2015, it cost $5,472 a year, not including books, fees, housing (living on or near campus), etc.  The intent of a student going to a state university is to get a job after graduation.

Pros:  Affordable tuition, good instructors, campus life, lots of activities on campus, and challenging instructors
Cons:  Availability of classes, trouble meeting with professors, and students can easily get lost with so many students.

Universities

Example: U.C.L.A., U.C. Irvine, U.C. Riverside.

There are 10 universities in California.  Click here for a list of all 10.  All 10 of them are ranked in the top 26 public universities in the United States. Universities typically offer four-year degrees called Bachelor’s of Art or Bachelor’s of Science,  6-year degrees called Master’s of Art or Master’s of Science, and 8-year degrees called Doctorates.  Students must apply to attend a university on average universities accept the top 8% of students in their class.  The cost to attend a university is the same at all 10 schools.  In 2014-2015, it cost $12,240 a year, not including books, fees, housing (living on or near campus), etc.  The intent of a student going to a university is typically to get more schooling to eventually get a job.

Pros: Great instructors, quality education, campus life, lots of activities on campus, and challenging instructors
Cons:  Less affordable tuition, availability of classes, trouble meeting with professors, big campuses, and students can easily get lost with so many students.

Private Colleges

Example: Chapman University, U.S.C., Standford

There are 185 private universities in California.  Click here for a list of all 185.  Private colleges can offer many different types of degrees and specialties from certificates to Doctorates.  Students must apply to attend a private university.  The university can choose to take whom every they like based on any criteria.  The cost to attend a private university is varied.  School tuition can vary from around $8,000 to $50,000 a year, not including books, fees, housing (living on or near campus), etc.  The intent of a student going to a private university is typically to get more schooling to eventually get a job.

Pros: Great instructors, community feeling, small campuses, small class size, and a quality education.
Cons:  Less affordable tuition and tough classes.

CSU Channel Islands

My daughter is a junior in high school and is beginning to think about which college she would like to attend.  Sounded like a good reason to go on a road trip!  So my daughter, Cat and I, packed up our car and headed out last summer to see as many Cal State Schools we could in two weeks.  Second on our list was CSU Channel Islands located south of the city of Camarillo which is about 80 miles north of Los Angeles.

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Channel Islands is the newest school in the California State system.  It is located off the beaten pass in a small valley about 5 miles away from the city of Camarillo.  It is a small school with quite a bit of student housing on campus.  Just on the side of the campus is a lovely little village filled with gorgeous looking apartments.  A person would definitely need a car to go into the city.  There are buses that connect the school to the trains but if a student wanted to make, say a quick Target run, a car would be a necessity.

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This school is located only 10 minutes from the beach.  The weather was lovely when we were there in the summer it was in the mid-70s.

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The school had a beautiful Spanish styled theme that ran throughout the entire campus including the housing that was connected to the school.  However, the school seemed really small.  If a person was a bit shy, I would say this might be a good fit for him/her.

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A brand new library built in the center of the college.  Cat liked the fact that it was a bit excluded.  She thought it would force her to concentrate on her studies.  I liked how secluded it was.  I thought it might be a bit safer than some other campuses.  I worried that it might be a bit too small for my daughter and that there would not be enough to do on the weekends when most kids would want to go home.  And finally, if she chose to live off campus and not in the cute apartments next to the school she would have to live farther away from the school which would create a commuter type situation.

 

CSU San Marcos

My daughter is a junior in high school and is beginning to think about which college she would like to attend.  Sounded like a good reason to go on a road trip!  So my daughter, Cat and I, packed up our car and headed out last summer to see as many Cal State Schools we could in two weeks.  First on our list was CSU San Marcos located north of San Diego in the city of San Marcos.

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It was a beautiful campus situated just outside the city of San Marcos.  A person would definitely need a car to get around if they planned on living off campus or if they wanted to do something in the city of San Marcos.

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Cat liked that the school was newer and so big.  I liked that the school was only about two hours away from the house.  The farther away the school is the less likely a student will go home to visit during the school year.

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I did not see too much off-campus housing dedicated for students.  That could mean that housing is expensive.  It definitely means that the students of San Marcos do not live together.

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If definitely does not have a small college town feel.  That is something I had and enjoyed very much!

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A-G Requirements

 

Students must take certain classes if they expect to go to college directly after High School.  Below is the list sometimes known as the A-G Requirements.  Click here for more information.

a) History/Social Science
2 YEARS REQUIRED
Two years of History/Social Science, including one year of world history, cultures and geography; and one year of U.S. history or one half-year of U.S. history and one half-year of Civics or American government.
b) English
4 YEARS REQUIRED
Four years of college-preparatory English that include frequent and regular writing and reading of classic and modern literature. No more than one year of ESL-type courses can be used to meet this requirement.
c) Mathematics
3 YEARS REQUIRED,
4 YEARS RECOMMENDED
Three years of college-preparatory mathematics that include the topics covered in elementary and advanced Algebra and two- and three-dimensional Geometry. Geometry must be completed by all applicants. Approved integrated math courses may be used to fulfill part or the entire requirement, as may math courses taken in the seventh and eighth grades that your high school accepts as equivalent to its own math courses.
d) Laboratory Science
2 YEARS REQUIRED,
3 YEARS RECOMMENDED
Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in at least two of these three foundational subjects: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Advanced laboratory science classes that have Biology, Chemistry, or Physics as prerequisites and offer substantial additional material may be used to fulfill this requirement, as can the final two years of an approved three-year integrated science program that provides rigorous coverage of at least two of the three foundational subjects.
e) Language Other Than English
2 YEARS REQUIRED,
3 YEARS RECOMMENDED
Two years of the same language other than English. Courses should emphasize speaking and understanding and include instruction in grammar, vocabulary, reading, composition and culture. Courses in languages other than English taken in the seventh and eighth grades may be used to fulfill part of this requirement if your high school accepts them as equivalent to its own courses.
f) Visual and Performing Arts (V P A)
1 YEAR REQUIRED
One year or two semesters from a single V P A discipline: dance, drama/theater, music, or visual art.
g) College-Preparatory Electives
1 YEAR REQUIRED
One year (two semesters), in addition to those required in “a-f” above, chosen from the following areas: visual and performing arts (non-introductory-level courses), History, Social Science, English, advanced Mathematics, laboratory Science and language other than English (a third year in the language used for the “e” requirement or two years of another language).

Most Popular College in Each State

Via eCollegeFinder, these are the most desirable colleges in the country:

Map Most Desirable Colleges State Country AmericaVia eCollegeFinder

eCollegeFinder also compiled the list below…

Top Five Colleges With The Most Applications:

  1. University of California – Los Angeles – 72,676
  2. New York University – 57,552
  3. Pennsylvania State University – 47,552
  4. Northeastern University – 47,364
  5. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor – 46,813