No. Cal State schools are not special enough. And it is nearly impossible to transfer from a CS to UC school. And when you see how much you are being charged for an ordinary state university you will be imagining pain in your rear.
If you are not a California resident and are thinking of coming to California to attend a UC or Cal State school, be aware the quality of these schools is falling off a cliff.
Because of massive budget cuts, the state of California is handing the UC and CS schools less and less money to educate students. For instructors and staff at the UC and CS schools it's a known fact that new faculty aren't about to get hired on and those still there are likely going to see furlough days if they don't succumb to layoffs. I have heard the faculty at Berkeley have been given a 15?ay cut and many of the best ones are leaving. Then there are the students, many of whom in fine arts and humanities fields are finding their course offerings cut dramatically.
Basically the rule seems to be that the majors that lead to an average starting salary over $50,000 seem to be impacted less. http://www.payscale.com/best-colleges/degrees.asp.
The humanities in particular will suffer big time. Engineering will pretty well be the only major to not be severely impacted.
I have heard that in 2011 the UC and Cal State systems are facing a further $500,000,000 budget cut. That is for each system. And after all the cuts they have already suffered,
I do know the cuts led Berkeley to withdraw all offers to out of state students for PhD programs no matter how good their research.
Many students are finding it impossible to get all the courses they need in a given semester to make the progress they want to make towards their majors. Which may result in having to take an extra year to graduate. Many students are finding that by the time their turn comes to register for classes, everything they need is already full.
To add insult to injury, the UC system raised tuition this last year by 32?Which means that an out of state student will pay as much; if not more than if they went to a private school?
While private schools are still facing a budget crunch, they are accountable to their students, not to taxpayers and politicians. If you're really dedicated to what you'd like to study, be it English, Economics, or Engineering a private school could be a better investment in your own human resources.
If you are thinking of coming to California stick with the private schools like USC, Stanford, Chapman, the Claremont Colleges, etc.
My daughter was accepted at Berkeley and UCI for her fully funded PhD in engineering and decided to go somewhere else because the budget crisis resulted in half her classes getting canceled.