Anyone here ever went to San Francisco State University, Cal East Bay, San Diego State University, or San Jose State University?

  • A_1991

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    Feb 19, 2012 11:38 PM GMT
    So I just got my acceptance letter to all four of those colleges, 2 of them are conditional and they are all for pre-nursing and I was wondering how is it like on each of those campuses or area. I never been around those area and was wondering how the area around those colleges are liked and how is the school. Are classes really hard to get into (especially science classes)? How is the campus life? Or if there is any? Are the dorms nice? Is there hot people???! I already know I might want to go San Francisco, East Bay, or San Diego, but don't know exactly which one yet.

    Thanks
  • Webster666

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    Feb 20, 2012 3:25 AM GMT
    I live in San Francisco.
    I love San Francisco.
    A few years ago, I took law classes at San Francisco State University, at their down town campus.
    But, I have been on their main campus, lots of times, mostly to use the bookstore.
    LOTS of gay people, here, if that's important to you.
    LOTS of Asian people here, if that's important to you.
    I think that you would really like going to school in San Francisco.
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    Feb 20, 2012 3:46 AM GMT
    One of my graduate degrees is from San Jose State and I have taught there as well as been an admin. It has a STRONG nursing program and one of the toughest to get into. Congratulations. You are one of the fortunate few.

    What you put into SJSU is what you get out of it. Just like most things in life. I highly recommend that you live on campus - their residence halls are fairly new and make campus living a lot easier. San Jose is NOT San Francisco and has a different city life.

    The campus is very diverse and offers lots of things to do. Gay life is ok and supported.
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    Feb 20, 2012 4:09 AM GMT
    If you get to chose between Cal East Bay and SF, take SF. You'll be happier in the City and near a greater group of guys you can relate to. It's not cheap in the City, cost less in Hayward (Cal East Bay) but it's not that desirable of an area. I doubt SF is that much more than SD but perhaps it is. SF State is I think your best option for location but I don't know about it's rating in the nursing field. Good luck.
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    Feb 20, 2012 4:14 AM GMT
    I don't have any experience with San Diego state. But, I am inclined to say that it won't be an easy commute situation unless you choose to live near the campus or downtown. Hillcrest, an area popular with gays, is overrun with straights and there aren't any parking spaces left. And, the light rail doesn't go anywhere near that far north.

    How about UCSD, northern part of town (LaJolla)?

  • 4another

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    Feb 20, 2012 4:16 AM GMT
    No disrespect to the San Franciscans that have voiced their thoughts but Cal State East Bay is a great choice. The cost of living is cheaper than SJSU and SFSU and Hayward/the East Bay can be quite enjoyable to live in. You have the luxury of getting into SF pretty easily, even if you don't drive, but you also have a ton of great things to do in the EB. I guess it depends on what kind of lifestyle you're looking for and how much money you're prepared to spend, but I would highly recommend CSUEB.

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    Feb 20, 2012 4:18 AM GMT
    Lifestyle wise, SF SJ and SD will all be fine. Each different but each have a lot to offer.

    Hayward sucks. I'd say SJ could probably be considered the flagship cal state campus. You'll likely get the best professors and fellow students on that campus, academically.
  • A_1991

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    Feb 20, 2012 4:44 PM GMT
    RobertF64 saidI don't have any experience with San Diego state. But, I am inclined to say that it won't be an easy commute situation unless you choose to live near the campus or downtown. Hillcrest, an area popular with gays, is overrun with straights and there aren't any parking spaces left. And, the light rail doesn't go anywhere near that far north.

    How about UCSD, northern part of town (LaJolla)?



    So San Diego State is a commuter school then? I haven't heard from UCSD since I did not apply to the school because they do not have a nursing program (I think its grad of them). I know La Jolla is fairly expensive since my sister use to go to UCSD and the cost of living is ridiculous. How much is it on Hillcrest average?
  • Fable

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    Feb 20, 2012 4:47 PM GMT
    A_1991 said
    RobertF64 saidI don't have any experience with San Diego state. But, I am inclined to say that it won't be an easy commute situation unless you choose to live near the campus or downtown. Hillcrest, an area popular with gays, is overrun with straights and there aren't any parking spaces left. And, the light rail doesn't go anywhere near that far north.

    How about UCSD, northern part of town (LaJolla)?



    So San Diego State is a commuter school then? I haven't heard from UCSD since I did not apply to the school because they do not have a nursing program (I think its grad of them). I know La Jolla is fairly expensive since my sister use to go to UCSD and the cost of living is ridiculous. How much is it on Hillcrest average?


    Everyone basically lives in college area anyway, loadsa on campus parking. SO MUCH FUN. Science classes are easy to get into - most people do business related courses apart from the girls.
  • A_1991

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    Feb 20, 2012 4:47 PM GMT
    4another saidNo disrespect to the San Franciscans that have voiced their thoughts but Cal State East Bay is a great choice. The cost of living is cheaper than SJSU and SFSU and Hayward/the East Bay can be quite enjoyable to live in. You have the luxury of getting into SF pretty easily, even if you don't drive, but you also have a ton of great things to do in the EB. I guess it depends on what kind of lifestyle you're looking for and how much money you're prepared to spend, but I would highly recommend CSUEB.



    Yeah I'm kinda incline to go to east bay just cause the cost of living is cheaper than the rest of the choices but I heard classes are really difficult to get into. Is that true?
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    Feb 20, 2012 5:00 PM GMT
    While everyone is likely to like the area that they live in, your primary decision weight ought to be on the the success rates of hiring nurses from the schools you've been accepted to.

    Call some hospitals or practices (depending on the area of nursing you want to specialize in - if you know) and then ask if all things other attributes were equal, which of the listed schools is most likely to get you the job and which is the second most likely? Ask if any of these schools are considered less desirable for their degrees in nursing.

    Call a lot of places. Enough to make a significant list. It's worth the time it will take because you're going to be spending a lot of time and effort at the school and a lot of money for that education.
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    Feb 20, 2012 5:06 PM GMT
    A_1991 said
    RobertF64 saidI don't have any experience with San Diego state. But, I am inclined to say that it won't be an easy commute situation unless you choose to live near the campus or downtown. Hillcrest, an area popular with gays, is overrun with straights and there aren't any parking spaces left. And, the light rail doesn't go anywhere near that far north.

    How about UCSD, northern part of town (LaJolla)?



    So San Diego State is a commuter school then? I haven't heard from UCSD since I did not apply to the school because they do not have a nursing program (I think its grad of them). I know La Jolla is fairly expensive since my sister use to go to UCSD and the cost of living is ridiculous. How much is it on Hillcrest average?


    You're right about UCSD and LaJolla. I shouldn't have assumed its still cheaper than the SF area. UCSD definitely has a strong doctor/surgeon program at the medical center. LaJolla is home to several prestigious research centers including the Salk institute, Scripps, Sanford-Burham plus a handfull of pharma-research companies. Add Qualcomm to the mix and it keeps rents high.

    Never mind.

    I left SD about a year ago. I think Hillcrest is still expensive because it is a popular area for gays and straights. Might research places in downtown SD since downtown is on the light-rail system that connects to San Diego State's campus. There, you're competing with Marines and other families connected to the shipyards and people who work downtown. (almost forgot to mention) Their disposable income won't be driving rents through the roof like the PHD's in La Jolla.icon_rolleyes.gif
  • joxguy

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    Feb 20, 2012 5:17 PM GMT
    SDSU grad Go Aztecs-great campus-easy to get to from most areas of San Diego via the trolly. Great nusing program and seriously no other place with it's weather. Dorm life there is cool, great sports, and number one beaches, beaches, beaches. Enjoy
  • crownroyal117

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    Feb 20, 2012 5:51 PM GMT
    SDSU is the only one with legit sports... I know most of you don't care about that (what realjock? silly me) But it makes it way more fun. Oh and shit, its SAN DIEGO!
  • crownroyal117

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    Feb 20, 2012 5:51 PM GMT
    SDSU is the only one with legit sports... I know most of you don't care about that (what realjock? silly me) But it makes it way more fun. Oh and shit, its SAN DIEGO!
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    Feb 20, 2012 5:54 PM GMT
    Sjsu has a great campus. Very diverse and the there's lots to do. Parking is horrible so I would say live on or close to campus. They do have a shortage on classes so getting into the right ones at the right time will be difficult but that's why they have advisors, use them.
  • calibro

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    Feb 20, 2012 6:11 PM GMT
    you live in la... what's your excuse for not seeing them yourself... especially san diego?

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    Feb 20, 2012 6:17 PM GMT
    I graduated from SDSU in the 90s and still live in San Diego. I loved it here so much, I decided to stay.

    First, SDSU has a good nursing program, as far as I can tell. I have met a few people in that program, and know it's difficult to get into, but I'm no expert on it.

    Classes can be very difficult to get into. SDSU is the largest CSU campus and since the budget cuts (which is the environment I had to deal with when I went there), they've had to reduce staff and limit enrollment. Plan on 5 years to go to SDSU and maybe take a few GE classes off-campus. Science classes might be easier to get into since the school is more business-focused.

    Campus life is great, but ultimately what you make of it. It has a large campus with lots of activity. They are currently re-building the student center--I'm not sure when it will be complete. Back when I was there, it was known as a big party school, but they've tried to overcome that image in the last few years. I wouldn't call it a commuter school since so many students live either in the dorms or within walking distance in the apartments and houses nearby. If you plan on living away from campus, parking is tough, but there is a trolly line now to campus, you'd just have to live along the line. The dorms were fun for the year I lived in them, but I much preferred renting houses and apartments with my friends just off campus.

    Hot people? How about lots of surfers and other athletic guys walking around shirtless whenever the sun is out...which is often.

    My suggestion is to visit each campus for a long weekend so you can see what it's like during a school day (and Friday is going to be dead at SDSU...we like to start our weekends early...so see what its like on a Monday) and on the weekends when you'll have more time to yourself.
  • A_1991

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    Feb 20, 2012 7:00 PM GMT
    calibro saidyou live in la... what's your excuse for not seeing them yourself... especially san diego?



    I'm poor... lol I've been to UCSD but never to San Diego State and the other colleges are up north and I never been around those areas...
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    Feb 20, 2012 7:17 PM GMT
    I currently attend SDSU. I transferred in as a junior, so I don't have experience getting into major-prep classes. It is true, classes are kind of hard to get into right now...but I think that's probably going to be a universal problem, given the state of the economy. So far, I've always been able to get the exact class schedule I want...but that entails spending hours poring over the class catalog.

    The school itself is very relaxed, the people are friendly, professors are very available, and there is great camaraderie / school spirit. Lots of clubs and social activities. Only school with surfing classes! Parking has never been a problem for me.

    Outside of school, I can promise you there is no where like San Diego. I've traveled a lot, but I'm always glad to return to SD.

    Wherever you choose, good luck, have fun, and be safe!
  • tyler_helm

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    Feb 20, 2012 7:26 PM GMT
    PE_Teacher saidOne of my graduate degrees is from San Jose State and I have taught there as well as been an admin. It has a STRONG nursing program and one of the toughest to get into. Congratulations. You are one of the fortunate few.

    What you put into SJSU is what you get out of it. Just like most things in life. I highly recommend that you live on campus - their residence halls are fairly new and make campus living a lot easier. San Jose is NOT San Francisco and has a different city life.

    The campus is very diverse and offers lots of things to do. Gay life is ok and supported.


    Went there and have a few of my boys there. Tremendous campus life, wonderful newer on campus housing.

    Congrats on your opportunities this only comes from hard work and focus. You will do well at which ever University you choose.
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    Feb 20, 2012 7:35 PM GMT
    A_1991 said
    calibro saidyou live in la... what's your excuse for not seeing them yourself... especially san diego?



    I'm poor... lol I've been to UCSD but never to San Diego State and the other colleges are up north and I never been around those areas...


    Greyhound is $45 one way from LA to SJ. Southwest is $69 from LAX to SJC. Once in the Bay Area, you can use public transit (Caltrain / BART / local busses) to go from place to place, for probably a total of $50. You could do this all in one (admittedly exhausting) day and avoid any money for overnite stays. Google maps will tell you exactly how to get from place to place using public transit.

    With taxes and tip, you're looking at $175 to visit all three Bay Area campuses on the cheap. Even if you're so poor that you're paying for your daily slice of bread with saved up pennies, I'd still think it would be worth it to borrow $200 from family or friends to see for yourself where you're going to invest the next four years of your life.

    Or maybe I'm just projecting here. Maybe you have more faith in a random sampling of RJ forum posters than I do.