CSU system is ridiculously easy, UC on the other hand.
Double the length just in the application, then there’s the actual essay.
UC Riverside is no longer a deferral school, which put a kink into my plans. I qualify for the fee waiver for applications and if I remember correctly, I can turn in 4 for free. I’m already on lock with UC Davis, Santa Cruz and Riverside. I’m stuck now between Irvine and Santa Barbara. Irvine has the reputation but SB has the Creative Studies program.
I tried looking at it from the route of my second/double major of History and both are pretty close in that area as well.