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San Diego or Baja California?

  1. Jul 17, 2014 #1
    Good night to all,

    My name is Etienne, and I am about to be a senior in High School. I attend a "trade school" in which I am currently studying Food Science, in Tijuana. I will recieve a degree, I guess it would be equivalent to an Associate Degree from the states. Out of a grading scale of 0-10, my final gpa this year (11th grade) was over 9.8 and throughout high school, over 9.5.

    I wasn't always down here in Tijuana. I was born and raised in San Diego, CA. Back there, my GPA varied from 3.8-4.0, so I've kept my grades up at around the same area.

    UABC (autonomous university of Baja California) offers:
    *Physics major: in Ensenada, which is 2hrs south of Tijuana, I'm confident about passing the admission exam, although it is a pretty closed program. Problem would be I'd have to pay rent throughout the 4 years.
    *Engineering Physics: Mexicali, two hours east of Tijuana.

    SDSU offers:
    *Physics, (B.A. and B.S.) *Chemical Physics B.S.

    This school kind of makes me sad, it was never really my goal.... I would've had guaranteed admission just with my schools program and my grades, anyway...

    Every day I hear both sides, two different opinions. Can I get some real help here? Which option is more convenient? for the sake of, my future?

    1. Study my B.S. in UABC and try to do my M.S in the states? (implies a year left to study for the admission exam)

    2. Study my B.S. in SDSU, (work my butt off for the SAT exam the rest of this summer,and try to get admitted)

    Any advice anyone?
    UABC is one of the top 10 universities in Mexico, including private schools...
    SDSU, well it's in the US, and it's a US Degree, I'd get a better job I think,

    *I'm sorry if the post is too long, it's my first thread :frown:
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  3. Jul 17, 2014 #2


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    Do you want to work in the USA or Mexico when you finish your degree?

    Why does SDSU make you sad? It's a solid school with high standards in Physics and Engineering. You can get anywhere for SDSU.
  4. Jul 18, 2014 #3
    I would like to work in the USA, preferibly the San Diego area.
    I know it's a good school, what makes me "sad" is that I always remember that if I wouldv'e stayed in SD, I would have gained my "guaranteed admission" :(
  5. Jul 19, 2014 #4


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    I wouldn't say SDSU is a great school for physics or engineering, better than Cal state schools, but UCSD is better, especially for engineering.
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