Just back from three days of touring colleges in the San Francisco Bay area: Sonoma State, UC Berkeley, Santa Clara University (private Jesuit institution), and Mills College (private women’s college). I enjoyed gorgeous weather, wonderful company, and four impressive schools.
General impressions: CA publics are more open to applications from out of state students, likely due to the allure of the extra tuition money during their continuing hard times. It does seem that things are more stable among the state institutions these days, although there are still “impactions” in effect at some schools: special admission restrictions affecting academic programs where demand exceeds supply.
I should have made it to even more California colleges in my three days, but couldn’t resist the allure of side-trips to Napa and Sonoma – what can I say? I will likely write more in coming blogs about each institution, but in the meantime enjoy my photo of the historic Sather Gate at Cal (Berkeley).