Hello all, I used to post in this forum under another name, so I'm not a complete stranger to you all. But I suppose this counts as my "first post." Quick background on me: I'm still in junior college and I'm looking to transfer to a University. At first, I was looking at schools with really good physics programs. I am 25, very soon to be 26, and am no longer under the care of my parents. So, the cost of schooling has become a slight issue. My wife graduated with a degree in Engineering from Harvey Mudd 4 years ago and asked one of her old physics professors what he thought. He mentioned that the Cal Poly and Cal State (California) schools are often underrated and can be fine for highly motivated students. I've also learned that the tuition is quite affordable at these schools. I'll be meeting with him in a few months to further discuss my options and what he thinks might be best for our situation and my capabilities. Does anyone have any experience with these schools? Can anyone tell me a little more about their personal experience with the science programs from the California State and Polytechnical Universities? Thanks.