La Jolla, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$36,095 ($13,217)
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Reviews 2381 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: If you're not below the poverty line, you'll be hard-pressed to find scholarships that you qualify for.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletes here are some of the most talented and humble students here.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's hard to find one for the right price but you can definitely split the cost by having roommates.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus security is definitely a plus because you can easily call the number and have them walk you home.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The restaurants are great and you can go to PetCo Park to watch a game, but it may be difficult to find parking.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dining dollars can be hard to manage for people who have greater appetites so it's best to buy more from students later.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a lot of different personalities but very similar economic and ethnic/racial backgrounds.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are top notch but you really have to work hard to shine in big classrooms.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The workload is heavy but very rewarding. Our library, Geisel, is always packed with people studying and using the library's resources.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They definitely take the honor code seriously.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Nice to live by the beaches and the city but parking can sometimes be tough to find.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Sometime's it's hard to find a space in the apartments and off-campus options are definitely cheaper.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: La Jolla is and upper-class, beachy, healthy, community, so there's a lot of places one bus ride away. But with a car, there are endless possibilities downtown and all around SD

3 College Junior

Diversity: On one hand, there are a lot of international students that come from all over the world, but that the same time, the school is mostly Asian. There are a lot of cultural events and multicultural housing options and festivals.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Compared to other schools, the food is a lot better. There's 10 dining halls with a lot of different options, plus the Price Center for even more food options. Plus there's 6 markets open 'til 1am.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: People give UCSD a bad rep for the people around campus. There are a lot of awkward people around, but there are still a lot of attractive people mixed in!

2 College Junior

Athletics: No one pays attention or follows any sports, except sometimes water polo and surfing. Not many people show up to events, except for like one basketball game (Spirit Night) and some water polo games

College Junior

Majors: There are lots of opportunities, but it requires you to be very proactive in order to land any internships/opportunities.

3 College Junior

Majors: My major was impacted, so they chose people based on their GPAs and whatnot.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There have been more issues popping up around the school with theft and attempted assaults, but the school notifies people through email right away when something happens on/near campus. They also took to installing more lights around campus to make it safer at night.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: They usually know that a lot of people need money, but the process is such a pain, and they send probably a grand total of one reminder about the FAFSA deadline and nothing else.. They call your parents once for any missing information but do not try to contact you directly about anything until the final deadlines have passed and rewards are distributed.

3 College Junior

Academics: Being a biology major means 350+ kids in your classes, less attention, and less open opportunities, but at the same time, since it's such a science-focused school, there are still a lot of opportunities

3 College Junior

Academics: Professors are usually hit or miss; most of them love to make class attendance-based.... Science classes are a lot harder than other subjects, and for science classes it's usually 40% Cs, 30% Bs, 20% A's.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Restaurants and fun things to do are relatively accessible by bus, but if you want the fun things like SD Zoo, Downtown SD, Downtown La Jolla, Gaslamp, Fashion Vallry Mall etc, you'll definitely need a car.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Parties gets broken up pretty quickly at the dorms, but they usually don't care about the on-campus apartments unless one of your neighbors gets annoyed and calls them to rat you out, which actually happens more than you'd think.


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Juan Ramirez
El Monte, Calif.
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When students contemplate their overall experience at UCSD, they usually base their opinions around the friends they have made and the good memories they have. Although academics at UCSD are world-class, they are not always the most important factor in the overall experience. Social life at UCSD is known to be a little boring. Many students wish they had a more active social life, but most still manage to find friends with whom they create lasting memories.

After adjusting to life at a large university, students say they enjoyed their time at UCSD and could not imagine going anywhere else. They especially like living in such a beautiful area and attending a challenging research university. Living on your own in college is an invaluable experience and teaches many students just as much as lectures and labs. Most of all, students are appreciative of their friends, and the people they meet have the biggest impact on their overall experience.

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