Location
La Jolla, CA
Undergrads
21,983
Tuition (in-state)
$36,095 ($13,217)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 2146 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: La Jolla is a very expensive area, but public transportation is pretty good and the school covers your pass to use it. The school is one block off of Blacks Beach and the views are amazing. If you want nightlife, downtown San Diego is only a bus ride away and there are frequent party buses hired for a fee. There are many great restaurants and shops in downtown La Jolla, but they're pricey. Mitt Romney lives here...go figure.

3 College Senior

Athletics: The "academics only" students keep voting against becoming a Division I school and supporting a football team. Until that referendum passes, sports will always be an afterthought here. Some of the students don't realize just how much name recognition, especially distinguishing us from all the other San Diego schools, would help make their degree worth more in the long run. When it comes to name recognition nationwide, people know two UC schools, UCLA and Berkeley, both with Division I football teams that people know.

5 College Freshman

Weather: It's always sunny with a breeze, in winter it gets a little chilly and some rain might come down but it never lasts more than 2-3 days!

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3 College Freshman

Majors: I would do it all over again, I'm aiming for med school and it will be really hard to finish strong but it's doable. Some concerns about finding a job in my field are pretty average. No one really hires newly graduated premeds.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If there are any incidents regarding alcohol ucsd responds firmly and quickly. Our college is very strict on no underage drinking and RSOs are always trying their best to keep us safe.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I have a triple and I love my roommate. The assigning process got me and her just right.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek life would be much better if La Jolla didn't restrict chapter houses, according to them a house with ore than 6 women is a brothel.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: La jolla is beautiful it's peacefully, well respected, and it's name upholds to the appearance.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've never lived off campus but I have friends who do

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Our SRO's are the best, they come by our house very often and get to know us and are there when we need them

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There's souch to do! Going to bonfires, parties, everything

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's much variety from fast food to quality dining

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: We have so many different students varying from gender affiliation to ethnicity to style.

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College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have not been there

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.

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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.

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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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