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$36,149 ($13,271)
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4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Our campus is beautiful and there are many art pieces scattered throughout

3 College Senior

Facilities: UCSD really promotes studying. There are many study rooms and lounges available to students at all hours. There are also many computers that students can use. If you want to workout, RIMAC is a large facility that you can go to to workout or play some sports.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Of course there are gyms, sport facilities, libraries, and other activities available on campus, but life on campus can become pretty dull if the student has no access to off campus activities. I especially hear many complaints from my fellow students that they are tired of all the food provided on campus. I still do enjoy some of the campus events such as the annual Sun God Festival.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Campus life is pretty great. You just have to know how to manage your time. You have to know when it is time to get serious and when it is time to have fun. That is one major lesson I learned. You'll have fun if you live on campus your first year.

4 College Freshman

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

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 89th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 140th
    Best Library
  • 455th
    Best Student Centers
  • 549th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 818th
    Best Athletic Facilities

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Juan Ramirez
Hometown
El Monte, Calif.
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The facilities on campus are excellent. There are lots of newer buildings, including a huge gym, RIMAC, and the Price Center. There are so many facilities on campus that UCSD is like a mini-town where you can find anything you need on campus. Students enjoy hanging out at the Price Center, Library Walk, and the Old Student Center. The Giesel Library, named after Dr. Seuss, a former resident of La Jolla, is well known and has even been used in a few movies because of its interesting architecture. UCSD students are happy with the facilities on campus and enjoy using them.

A common problem with the facilities on campus is the crowding. The Price Center was expanded, and plans to renovate other facilities on campus in the next few years are underway. However, UCSD is growing quickly, and the campus is starting to become overcrowded. However, campus is still beautiful and scenic, and with all the construction going on, there are new facilities being built each year.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
718
Campus Size
1,200 acres
Student Centers
  • The Old Student Center
  • Price Center
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
  • Biomedical Library
  • CLICS
  • Giesel Library
  • Mandeville Special Collection
  • Medical Center Library
  • Scripps Institute Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Library Walk
  • The Old Student Center
  • Porter’s Pub
  • Price Center
Bar on Campus
  • Porter's Pub
  • Round Table Pizza also sells beer
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
Café Roma
Movie Theater on Campus
Price Center Theater
School Slang
  • Camp Snoopy: The former name of Sixth College. Some students still call it by this name.
  • Comic-Con: A large comic book and popular arts convention held annually nearby.
  • The Hump: The grass hump by the Old Student Center-students love to hang out and study here.
  • June Gloom: When, in the month of June, the skies become hazy and dark for what seems like ages.
  • Sun God: The unofficial UCSD mascot.
  • The Triton: The official UCSD mascot. Triton is, ironically-and somewhat contradictory-the son of Poseidon, the God of the Sea.
Traditions
  • : Celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday with free cake.
  • : The vendor fair.
  • : Attending the Unolympics during Welcome Week.
  • : Going to class drunk during Sun God, Winterfest, and Fallfest.
  • : Decorating the Sun God statue.
  • : Going to the watermelon drop at Urey Hall.
Urban Legends
  • There are tunnels under campus that go from one building to another in case of emergencies. When much of UCSD was designed and built in the 1960s, other campuses, such as Berkeley, were experiencing lots of riots and demonstrations. The community of La Jolla is very conservative and did not want to have a bunch of protesting students living close by, so they presumably convinced the designers of UCSD to build tunnels connecting the different parts of the school. The tunnels were to be used by the National Guard; in case any of the students tried to protest they could easily and quickly be subdued. Some of the escaped mental patients supposedly hide in the tunnels to avoid having to go back to the mental institution.
  • There is a Veterans Hospital across the street from campus and the Camp Snoopy dorms. Sometimes the mental institution patients from the VA hospital escape and try to hide in people's dorm rooms. Right next to the dorms is a canyon with lots of trees, thick underbrush, and a little stream. At night, if it gets very quiet, you can hear the escaped patients singing and laughing to themselves.
Favorite Things To Do
Hanging out at Porter’s Pub, listening to poetry at the Grove in the Old Student Center, working out at one of the three gyms on campus, attending free concerts, finding the talking trees in the Eucalyptus forest, listening to the UCSD radio station, and going on an Outback backpacking trip. Students can watch movies in Price Center, listen to music on Library Walk, and go rock climbing at Canyon View Recreation Center.
Student Organizations Web Site
solo.ucsd.edu
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are hundreds of student organizations on campus. If you cannot find an organization that fits your needs, you can always start your own. The Student Organizations and Leadership Opportunities (SOLO) office is on the third floor of the Price Center.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 107 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 38% Walk to the cliffs
  • 19% Watch the sunset from Salk
  • 19% Drink a coffee and read at M.O.M.s cafe in Muir
  • 12% Take SIO shuttle to Scripps Pier
  • 6% Go to blacks beach
  • 6% Go to Sixth College Events

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 10 responses

  • 30% Price Center
  • 25% My room
  • 15% The Old Student Center
  • 15% The Village at Torrey Pines
  • 10% Library Walk
  • 5% Porter’s Pub

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 8 responses

  • 39% Markets
  • 28% Offices
  • 22% Cafés
  • 11% At dining halls

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 8 responses

  • 38% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 50% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 12% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 114 responses

  • 4% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 24% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 39% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 33% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 113 responses

  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 18% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 57% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 24% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 9 responses

  • 82% Sun God Festival
  • 9% Muirstock
  • 9% All campus dance

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% Secret underground passages near Stonehenge
  • 40% Full Moon Festival

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 6 responses

  • 100% Dining halls

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