Location
La Jolla, CA
Undergrads
21,983
Tuition (in-state)
$36,095 ($13,217)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 2355 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most students are truly there for the academics. There's still a social scene, but not too much.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The school has an awesome sense of culture and community!

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Two gyms and two libraries--each on opposite ends of the campus adds convenience. There are fields to play soccer or ultimate frisbee. Also, there are beach volleyball, basketball and tennis courts. There's a study lounge in or near each college also.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Email notifications are sent out promptly if a burglary or assault happens on or nearby off campus. Also, the counseling center (for anything from friend to relationship issues) was highly emphasized as a resource during the new student orientation. Know your resources and take advantage of them.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I personally like that it is not a buffet style so you can take food to go and you only pay for what you get whether it's a light breakfast/snack or a steak and creme brulee. There is a vegan restaurant for all you vegans out there, but it's closed on the weekend.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: You definitely need a car to get to the really good restaurants and shopping malls, but there are adequate restaurants and malls a bus ride away. Don't forget the beaches, cliffs and aquarium that are an approximately ten minute walk away!

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are a variety of fraternities and sororities--professional and social--to consider joining. They provide a good, tight-knit group of friends, but if you're not into that there are numerous clubs and student associations to network in too.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The college is generous with grants for students of low income. The online checklist and access to view the financial aid process was also helpful.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I had two international students living in the same suite as me my first year. It is always nice to meet people from different places, culture and religion from my own.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: For science majors, there are numerous opportunities to work or volunteer in a lab either on or off campus. (The off-campus labs are as close as a five minute bus ride). You just have to be proactive about applying for these opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are both bad and good professors in any school. In this college, however, I think that the amount of good, veteran professors that teach the material well and memorably outweigh the amount of new, inexperienced professors (who, I'm sure, will get better over time). Also, there is tutoring and student notes (available for purchase) to assist in studying. Furthermore, there are many study lounges throughout the campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Given the layout of dorms, it can be difficult to get caught for partying. Depending on what type of person you are (partying v. studious), you may or may not like this.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of apartment complexes nearby the college. Supermarkets and bus stops are just around the corner or a few blocks away too!

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I personally think there's someone out there for everyone, and there is a variety of types of guys in this college.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: A car is definitely needed in order to get good food (i.e. Korean BBQ, Phil's BBQ). Nearby, however, chain restaurants (i.e. BJ's, California Pizza Kitchen) are easily accessible by bus or by a long walk.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus living prices have inflated over the past few years horrendously. Student overflow has necessitated three students living in rooms designed for only two. But at least everyone has somewhere to live.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Most classes are fantastic. Some classes are experimental and haven't had time to become useful yet.

College Sophomore

Overall Experience: How in the world is a freshman supposed to answer this?

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The Theatre/Dance department is a close-knit community or very interesting and talented people. This means there's always someone available to collaborate with, and the facilities are easy to access.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Study resources are plentiful and easy to use. The class registration process, on the other hand, is very difficult to use the first few times.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There's something for everyone. There's ready-made food as well as ingredients if you want to start from scratch. There are a lot of ethnic/kosher/vegan/organic options in every market.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is more variety on-campus than in the surrounding area. Off-campus dining is only feasible if you have a car and/or don't mind paying an arm and a leg.

College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Academic policies are incredibly strict, but general campus policies are very lenient. The focus is on how well and honestly students perform, rather than what they do outside of class.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Sidewalks are well lit, and emergency phones are easy to find. There are plenty of resources for student safety, and absolutely no threats are tolerated.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Money is a big issue, and they know it too so they try to help us, but it isn't the smoothest process.

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Juan Ramirez
Hometown
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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