I'm a SoCal resident, and I'm planning to apply to a few Cal States and some private universities in and out of state. Is there a difference in admissions between private and public schools? A professor recently told me that Cal states/public schools are actually a lot more competitive than public schools. Is this true?
Also, does living close to a school effect admissions at all? I have heard of people saying that it's easier to get accepted in the San Diego State, for example, if they live in the area.