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Reviews 1362 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: san diego is beautiful with a lot to do

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: not a big presence of drugs. especially not hard drugs.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: limited spots and parking tickets are common.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: it is always great to live off campus to get a break.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: there is diversity, however, the "groups" tend to congregate together.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Greek Life: again, not a member so I dont care.

4 College Freshman

Academics: school is very well known.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I dont live in the dorms.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didnt receive any financial aid in terms of scholarships.

4 College Freshman

Majors: the part-time law program is TOUGH, but its pretty great. there's a nice collective spirit among the students and everyone gets along and wants to help out.

4 College Freshman

Majors: i love the law program

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Typical student is a spoiled, rich kid who never had to work for anything.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: I dont participate so I dont know much.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The cost of printing is very high.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Chill great weather beautiful people good times fruit drinks with fresh fruit. You will not be disappointed.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: I pay up to hundreds of dollars less a month living off campus. Not only do you get the incredible location of the beach but you also don't have to deal with the headaches of resident housing.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: For sure, there are tons of attractive people on campus, but in most instances their personalities and intelligence leave more to be desired

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Parking: Last year our school made over half a million in parking ticket revenue. Permit costs are over $300 a semester. When the walk from off campus is shorter than the time it takes you to walk up that damn West Hill, then you know something's not right. Just another USD rips off its students.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: Dropping was the best decision I could have made. Greek life at other schools may be fun but here it is muddled by controlling presidents, school politics and again the incredible lack of diversity. Negative stereotypes exist for each sorority/frat and they are pretty accurate.

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3 College Junior

Academics: The School of Business is given way more priority over other majors and it's obvious. Workload is manageable and there are plenty of internship opportunities. The building is pretty old so don't expect the marbled bathrooms that you see in the IPJ.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Computers: Printing is probably our biggest problem. Can get way too expensive, especially for science majors who have to turn in 20 page report each week. Wireless is spotty sometimes in certain places although they're working on making it better.

2 College Junior

Diversity: Since the tuition is through the roof expensive, it's almost impossible not to have a student population comprised entirely of rich, white kids. If you don't fit the mold, it can make student life hard. The atmosphere is similar to that of an over-priveleged high school.

4 College Junior

Weather: So great it may even be your reason whether or not to go to class. Why sit inside when it's 75 and sunny all the time?

3 College Junior

Athletics: Although we have some really talented teams, school spirit is notoriously lacking. The school has to offer free stuff to force students to go (even though event tickets are free for students).

3 College Junior

Nightlife: "Meh" pretty much sums it up. Don't expect any huge ragers like there are at SDSU. Most of your nights as a freshman will be spent wandering around the beach waiting for someone to invite you in. You're better off going to bars in PB.


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Jenny Craig Pavilion
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Jenny Craig Pavilion Jenny Craig Pavilion This is where all the big basketball games are held and sometimes school barbecues!
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Shannon Palka
Thousand Oaks, CA
English and Theology
Grad Year
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How quickly can four years go by? Come to USD, and you’ll soon find out. As students prepare to graduate, they tend to dread leaving the idyllic world of USD for the “real world” of interviews, jobs and bills, and total responsibility. As freshmen, students come in and can have difficulties balancing schoolwork with the fun aspects of the city. They complain about the strictness or the spotty network connection or the walk across campus that takes forever when you’re running late. They dread the gossip that can dominate campus, especially on Monday mornings after a party on Saturday, when they might be still crying over the boy or girl who dumped them. But as seniors and alumni, they’re filled with nostalgia for the caring, supportive atmosphere of USD. They long for the meals they used to skip from the Student Life Pavilion. They wonder where life took the president of Club X or Team Y. They miss the professors who pushed, helped, and watched them succeed.

The majority of students who graduates from USD can’t imagine having gone anywhere else. USD strives to shape balanced, well-rounded individuals. The University partners with the city of San Diego to do just that. Students learn more than meiosis, business strategies, or how to analyze poetry; they learn the professional and social skills necessary to find a job after graduation, leaving with networking abilities, professional acquaintances, and lifelong friends. But more than anything, they graduate with fond memories of their college experience that will last a lifetime.

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