What's the difference between csu colleges and uc colleges

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 3
4072 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Google. There are several answers on the first page.

Post # 5
10384 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Prestige. Job offers, etc.

They are both major university chains, some campuses are better than others. The UC system is looked upon much more favorably for most programs.

Post # 6
39 posts
  • Wedding: November 2012


(My views) Here in California we have a UC and Cal State system.  Originally the UCs were established for research/medical field purposes.  Cal States were set up for credential programs, such as teachers.  As time goes on both systems offer research based and credential based programs.  However the UC are given higher value possibly because they have high admission academic standards.  Realistically it comes down to preference and finishing a degree at a regionally accredited institution that is recognized throughout the nation.  

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013


I have a feeling that a lot of your questions are going to be wholly dependent on what specific colleges/universities you’re looking at. They will all have different tuition/acceptance requirements, etc.

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Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@outgoingcutie15:  To answer your questions…sorry, but it really depends on the state.

In New Hampshire, the University is MUCH MUCH better than the State schools.  They’re about the same in cost, however.

Post # 11
1346 posts
Bumble bee

I’m assuming you’re asking about California schools since UC (stands for University of California) and CSU (California State University).

1. What colleges are smaller in size at least a majority. State colleges or university colleges? 

Each campus varies in student population size… the largest school in either system is UCLA, the smallest (for undergraduate studies) in the UC system is UC Merced with a little over 5,000 total students, and in the CSU system the smallest is California Maritime Academy with under 1,000 students. 
There are over 400,000 students in the entire CSU system and around 200,000 in the UC system, but there are 23 CSU campuses and only 10 UC’s. 

2. What colleges are easier to get into? State colleges or university colleges

CSU’s are generally easier to get into. UC Merced is probably the easiest UC to get into, it’s the least desireable within the system because of location as well as it’s lacking prestige. I’ve yet to hear about a student getting into a UC with less than a 3.0 unless they were athletes or had family in power. 

3. What’s cheaper? State college or university college? 

State college, unless you get a scholarship or grant to a UC.

4. What are other differences are there between a state college and university college? 

Prestige, the UC system has a more awarded faculty, is research focused, and has more athletic clout. 

There are also Jesuit univtersities that often get mistaken as public universities because of their names.
Such as University of California, Saint Louis University, The University of Scranton, etc.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

state colleges are cheaper and easier to get into. UC’s are private and harder to get into and more expensive. 

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