Hello all, I am looking to transfer to CA next school year to finish my Physics BSc at a school that has a stronger program than my current university, which will better prep me for grad school. I am coming from out of state, so it actually seems like private universities could cost me less than state schools. For example, one UC school I looked at was $13k for in-state tuition and $55k for out-of-state! I know that there are traditionally more grants and scholarships available to private school students, so that could help. My question is, should I apply to a variety of types of schools? A variety meaning private, UC, and Cal State schools. I'm looking to go to southern California (work-related reasons), so the only private schools with strong physics programs that I see are USC and Cal Tech, either of which would be awesome. There are plenty of UC schools and Cal State schools. So, should I apply to both of those private universities and several of the UC and Cal State schools as a back-up? Thanks for the help!