Let me start off by saying, no HSU is not Harvard, it is a cal state and admission is based on whether or not the budget allows for it. A lot of the reviews for this school rate it as though they are comparing it to top ivy league schools which is an entirely separate environment. HSU is a great place fore smart kids who may or may not have been able to attend more "selective" schools for financial reasons or grades. This does NOT mean that it is a bad school. Having started college at SFSU, I know what a bad school is that does not care about its students. HSU is a small, close knit community where people will smile and say hello to strangers walking down the street. By far the friendliest place in California, if not the country. Like most less selective schools, you get out what you put in. You might not come out of graduation owning the world but it is very easy to become involved in activities that involve your major, such as clubs, volunteering, and social events. All of these look great for graduate programs, which most students should consider in this economy. Every teacher I had was an expert in their field, even the jewelry class I took was taught by a woman with a masters degree in her work as well as having been an active and well paid artist for years prior. As for the psychology program all of the professors came from top notch schools (some of the ivy league and top selective schools many of the students on this site drool over) and really bring their love for the subject to the school. The only reason I say I would have chosen another school given the chance is because obviously I would have chosen a designer label school had I had the grades or tuition money, but I didn't, and I don't regret my decision at all. I am working hard to be able to get good letter of recommendation and many peers have gotten into great graduate programs.I am an officer in the psyc club, volunteer at local psyc related organizations, in psi chi (the honors association for psyc majors) and feel part of something bigger than myself much more than I did at the jc I attended as well as SFSU.
Don't be surprised to meet kids that transferred from UCLA, Pepperdine, and other schools of the like just go to HSU because a lot of kids with the ability to go to those schools simply did not enjoy the atmosphere and what those schools endorsed (cut throat competitiveness, steep tuition).