Location
La Jolla, CA
Undergrads
21,983
Tuition (in-state)
$36,095 ($13,217)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 2144 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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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.

5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is the best!

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: UCSD banned the Greek Row so even the best parties are in tiny houses, not fun...

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It is really really safe.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants in La Jolla and SD are the best!

College Freshman

Majors: I didn't have an internship.

5 College Freshman

Computers: The computer labs are one of the best of the nation.

College Freshman

Scholarships: No financial aid for me

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: At the moment, I do not live off-campus, so I do not have experience living anywhere else but on campus. From what I have heard people say, it's not bad, and it's cheaper to live off-campus.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not many of my friends are involved with drugs

College Freshman

Greek Life: I do not know much about UCSD's Greek Life because I'm indifferent to it. It doesn't bother me, but I also don't care if someone I know is part of a sorority or fraternity.

5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is amazing that I'm surprised whenever I see a cloud in the vicinity of the sky. I'm from San Diego county, and even my little town doesn't beat the weather that is La Jolla.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have never lived off campus

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I have only used the bus system for transportation, and I do not have a car.

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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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