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Old 03-06-2009, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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CSULA isn't really a great school and the location isn't the safest, especially coming from Pennsylvania and being unfamiliar with the area. The college and the area are mostly Hispanic. Would your daughter fit in or feel comfortable with that?

She should look into Santa Monica College instead. I know it's a community college, but it's a really great school in a safe area. A lot of people I went to high school with in Calabasas went to SMC. It has a lot of out of state students, unlike CSULA, so your daughter might feel like she can fit in better. It also has an extremely high transfer rate to UCLA and USC (something like 90%).
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Old 03-07-2009, 01:07 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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My 18 year old daughter was accepted to cal state at los angeles. We live in Pennsylvania and do not want her to go. I am worried about safety? The college web site has several alarming incidents and I want to know about the saftey in this area.
Cal State LA? Aside from the safety issue, I imagine there are schools in Pennsylvania or the surrounding states that would provide an equal, if not superior, education. I wouldn't go across the country for Cal State LA.
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:04 AM
 
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Cal State LA? Aside from the safety issue, I imagine there are schools in Pennsylvania or the surrounding states that would provide an equal, if not superior, education. I wouldn't go across the country for Cal State LA.
It is absurd and a waste of money to travel almost 3000 miles to go to CSULA.

BTW, it is not a bad area. 5 minutes north is an even better area.
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Old 03-07-2009, 02:50 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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My 18 year old daughter was accepted to cal state at los angeles. We live in Pennsylvania and do not want her to go. I am worried about safety? The college web site has several alarming incidents and I want to know about the saftey in this area.
I'd hate to knock that I am an alumni of but I would not recommend CSULA for an out of state student, especially if she is unfamiliar with the area. If she feels strongly about CSULA, then a visit to the campus is a must to get a feel for the area. If she makes plans to attend CSULA without first visiting the campus, I can almost guarantee that she will be disappointed. As numerous posters stated, it isn't the greatest of areas and it isn't a prestigious university. I only went there for my graduate degree because of location convenience and because it had my specific major.

Was she accepted into other universities besides CSULA?
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Old 03-07-2009, 09:20 PM
 
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I'm not sure why the whole USC thing raised it's head. The OP was asking, specifically, about Cal State LA.
I'm just excited to see that people are using the term "mugged" again.
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Old 03-07-2009, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Cal State LA? Aside from the safety issue, I imagine there are schools in Pennsylvania or the surrounding states that would provide an equal, if not superior, education. I wouldn't go across the country for Cal State LA.
The area that Philly's Temple University is located in makes CSULA's area look great and very safe by comparison.....
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Nipomo
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CSU LA is in Boyle Heights, it's in the urban downtown area. Inner city LA.

CSU Northridge is in Northridge, the San Fernando Valley area. the inner suburb of LA.

basically northridge is the part of LA to be in. csu la is the part of LA not to be in.
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Old 03-08-2009, 01:05 AM
 
Location: Earth
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CSU LA is in Boyle Heights, it's in the urban downtown area. Inner city LA.

CSU Northridge is in Northridge, the San Fernando Valley area. the inner suburb of LA.

basically northridge is the part of LA to be in. csu la is the part of LA not to be in.
CSULA isn't in Boyle Heights, but it is in East L.A. While it's hardly the worst part of East L.A., the area does have its "issues" (and is quite dead at night). I'd consider USC's neighborhood to be worse, though. CSU Dominguez Hills isn't in a very good part of town being between Carson and Compton, and although I'm not familiar with the area I'd imagine there are some issues in the surrounding neighborhoods because both are regarded as pretty nasty areas. CSUN is in a safe (albeit boring) neighborhood although not far from some bad areas. UCLA is in the best neighborhood of any of LA's major colleges, and not close to any bad parts of L.A. It is harder to get into than CSUN. As I've said before, however, CSUN (like CSULA) is a thoroughly mediocre "glorified high school" and I have a pretty low opinion of it. IMO CSU Long Beach (Steven Spielberg's alma mater amongst many other notables) is the best CSU in L.A. county for quality of education. The neighborhood it's located in also seems decent although I'm not an expert on LBC.
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Old 03-08-2009, 03:37 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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The area that Philly's Temple University is located in makes CSULA's area look great and very safe by comparison.....
Perhaps. And I will concede that the area around CSULA is safer than the area around Temple University - because I really don't know. But the basis of my statement is not whether CSULA is safer (or not) than universities like the one you mentioned. My question is whether an education at Cal State LA worth going across the country to attend. I think it is not and that there must be other universities within 500 miles or less of any location in Pennsylvania that are better than CSULA.
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Old 03-08-2009, 08:28 AM
 
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Mike has it on the money.
The L.A. area has very few universities. The east coast has tons.
If you can get into UCLA or USC then it is worth coming here; otherwise it is a waste of money to come here just to go to CSU.
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