La Jolla, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$36,095 ($13,217)
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Reviews 2132 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UCSD is an awesome place to be. Just make the most of it and if you have a problem with your social life then do something about it. The opportunities are here, just take advantage.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I don't go out that often but when I do the transportation satisfies my needs.

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus so I don't really know anything about it.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love UCSD's location. I might not be too fond of some people here but I'm very glad I chose to come here.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I was on the swim team in high school but I have never really cared for other sports. I don't like football so the fact that we don't have a football team doesn't matter to me.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: My major was impacted when I came in, but supposedly that didn't affect my chances of getting in or not. However it is no longer impacted so it is easier to switch into.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: It is extremely competitive and difficult. There are so many smart students here it's hard to keep up.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: I wouldn't call it "great," but computer speed isn't too bad depending on where you are located on campus.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't understand how this can be rated. What constitutes great and defines bad?

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I love Mexican food and that's most of what you find around here so I certainly have nothing to complain about.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: San Diego weather might be a bit bi-polar sometimes but it's still sunny San Diego more often than not.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Honestly I'm saying "it's okay" because I don't understand what would classify it to be "the best." The cops are hardly noticeable around here.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: There should be more spirit and more announcing of the games.

College Freshman

Computers: I mainly use my laptop, never the computer labs.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There isn't much peer pressure and there are many guidelines and rules that prohibit such behavior on campus.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I joined the Greek Life and it has been an incredible experience. I've met so many new people and have even taken leadership roles in projects that we work on. Its also very fun to attend events and socials.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Very Diverse Campus, we even take a short survey where they talk to us about diversity on campus. LGBT Dances and many other clubs help.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There's a lot of places to go; the beach, Balboa Park, and if you want to make the drive you can go to Disneyland or Knotts Berry Farm. There are endless possibilities, you just have to look for them and ask around.

College Freshman

Nightlife: First years don't get off campus much because of transportation.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: They come by every 20 minutes and run until 10pm. They take me where I want to go, and are accessible in many areas.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't get any scholarships, all I received were loans.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Its a lot warmer than the Bay Area! AND it doesn't rain as often! It brings a calm environment for me to work in and keeps me from being gloomy.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: I wouldn't say its diverse, especially 90% of international students are from China.

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2 College Freshman

Nightlife: If you are lucky you can find a party, but no parties for non-Greeks. Nobody goes out to clubbing.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: UCSD tried to hamper the Greek Life, not many cool people anyways.


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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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