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Old 08-28-2008, 10:06 AM
 
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HELP! daughter moving to L.A.area for college can you tell if area's r safe? CSULongBeach, CSUPomona, CSUFullerton. Please help. I am a lost soul right now. THANKS
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Old 08-28-2008, 10:22 AM
 
Location: South Bay
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all those schools are in nice areas. i went to fullerton and enjoyed it. there are pleny of activities in the area to keep a college aged person busy. Long Beach would be even more fun because it is so much closer to the ocean. Pomona is a bit secluded, but closer to LA than the others.
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Old 08-28-2008, 12:07 PM
 
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i have friends that have gone to all 3 schools. heres my take.

top choice amongst the 3 would be LB state. it is in a nicer area, that is serviced by public trans. it is closer to the beach than fullerton or pomona. and tho the campus is not directly next to DT long beach it is not far from it at all. it is also close to the belmont area of LB (which is a very nice area). lots of stuff to do on and off campus. good programs in arts and sciences. it has one of the highest enrollments in the state. more than 35K students.

fullerton is also in a good area, and is not far from the downtown strip. most people i know went to fullerton and did media or communications. dont know if it has a specific strong field tho. it is in orange county, which might be a good thing or a bad thing. and they usually field good sports teams, but student life is sometimes lacking(according to my friends).

cal poly pomona is a good school. but it is far from los angeles or the beach and is mostly a commuter school. none of my friends ever lived on campus(whereas, most of my friends did live at fullerton or LB or in close proximity to campus). Pomona is more of a tech school with a great engineering program.

each school has different concentrations. so depending on what your kid wants to do they have different options.

you can also contact local police dept and campus safety if you want more info on crime and violence. but none of my firends ever had problems. that doesnt mean these campuses are entirely safe. with drinking and partyin and kids being kids, stuff tends to happen. check campus police for more info.
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Old 08-28-2008, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs, AR
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What ranking system are you using? Cal Poly Pomona has been in the top 15 according to US News for the past ten years and it far outranks CSULB (please). To the OP, not only will CSU Pomona offer an excellent education it is in beautiful green area that is very safe. (I am not discussing dowtown Pomona itself) I lived in West Covina while attending CSU Pomona and a never had safety issues. I was walking distance to a closed in and a strip mall that had Albertson's, Target and several restaurants and across from IKEA. So if she wants there are lots of places where she can find a part-time job.

Also CSU Pomona campus police provide escort service. There is a grocery (farm) store and two convenience stores on campus.
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Old 08-28-2008, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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On balance, Fullerton has more safe areas around it than the other two. My 2 bros went to Pomona, my wife went to Fullerton, and I have many friends that went to LB. We lived 5 minutes from CSUF in Placentia and it is a great area and a great school. CSU Pomona is sandwiched between Walnut (very nice), Diamond Bar (very nice), and Pomona (high crime area, lots of blight). The Cal Poly Pomona campus is the largest in California due to the agricultural programs and grants from W.K. Kellogg (yes, that Kellogg) many years ago, so it has excellent buffering. I am actually partial to Cal Poly Pomona because it is in an educational mecca (there are tons of colleges/universities nearby - the 7 Claremont Colleges, Univ. of La Verne [my alma mater], DeVry, Mt Sac, Citrus) and thus has plenty of resources for students. Yes, it is a commuter school, but college is what you make of it.

What program will your daughter be pursuing? That is a big factor as the 3 schools have their own specialties...
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Old 08-28-2008, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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What ranking system are you using? Cal Poly Pomona has been in the top 15 according to US News for the past ten years and it far outranks CSULB (please). To the OP, not only will CSU Pomona offer an excellent education it is in beautiful green area that is very safe. (I am not discussing dowtown Pomona itself) I lived in West Covina while attending CSU Pomona and a never had safety issues. I was walking distance to a closed in and a strip mall that had Albertson's, Target and several restaurants and across from IKEA. So if she wants there are lots of places where she can find a part-time job.

Also CSU Pomona campus police provide escort service. There is a grocery (farm) store and two convenience stores on campus.
Interestingly enough, on the US news 2009 list Cal Poly Pomona ranks 32 and Cal State Long Beach ranks 25. The only school in the Cal State system that is higher is San Luis Obispo at number 10.

Master's Universities (West) Rankings - Best Colleges - Education - US News and World Report
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