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Reviews 1454 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Choosing your major is easy. You just have to select it, get the appropriate signatures and turn in the forms. However, everyone within the same major has to take the same general requirements for that major making it somewhat difficult to get classes as a lower classman when you are competing against older students with more units.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The school offers good opportunities but a lot of it is how much effort you put into it yourself. You can find really great internships or establish strong relationships with professors but it all depends on how much effort you are really to put into your program.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Hard adjusting to the lifestyle down here

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: PSafe is there if you need them, but they're too quick to judge and don't get the full story in a lot of cases

4 people found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Majors: Have yet to have an internship

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very few minorities but it wasn't an issue for me

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Definitely not a party school not a party friend area.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The studying abroad program is one of the biggest reasons I chose to go to usd

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Campus is small so not a whole lot of facilities to mingle

3 College Sophomore

Parking: If you don't live on campus then the commuter parking spots suck but they're there

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: easy to find through friends who already rent a place. otherwise its hard to obtain a living situation with little to no credit.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: there are tons of places to eat off campus. i'm a san diego native so I've been around to some really great places.

5 College Senior

Nightlife: not at school, but the city has a lot to offer at a reasonable price.

College Senior

Greek Life: I wasn't really directly influenced or apart of greek life.

3 College Senior

Parking: i always seem to find a spot, but then again I know where to look!

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: its not bad and its not good. its pretty average for the amount of dollar that is going into the school annually.

2 College Senior

Diversity: I would say 70% white and 30% (black, latino, asian). about 60% girls and 40% boys.

4 College Senior

Weather: the downside to living near the beach is the VERY temperamental weather. it can quickly change from one day to the next and can be quite colder than one would imagine. but other than that you can't beat the ocean view and the mostly sunny weather!

4 College Senior

Majors: I had no problem getting into my school. the application process was pretty simple and standard, but then again I do come from a rich white family...so really how hard is it?

3 College Senior

Majors: my program was in education. it was the type of program to where you dont really see how much you learned until you were out of the program. it was frustrating at times because it was easy to see where improvement could have been. at some times it was very unorganized and overwhelming and at other times it was easy and fun.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: the friends I have made there have greatly impacted my life for the better, as well as the faculty and classes that I have taken there. for not really wanting to go to college it was probably the best four years of my life.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: the school is easy to sneak into and around. public safety is kind of a joke but at the same time there hasn't been much crime and there never has been a worry of safety. I never have felt uneasy or threatened. If I leave valuable possessions lying around I can trust that they wont be touched at all. very safe and secure campus with a general trust for all students.

4 College Senior

Facilities: the campus is small making it easily accessible to classes and social scenes. small communities has its perks and downfalls but if managed carefully can be a very fun and unique experience.

4 College Senior

Facilities: you can't really beat the ocean view and accessibility to san diego. the campus buildings are subpar but at the same time the campus offers many places to hangout outside.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Most rooms have ocean view but are outdated and small. Community life is great if willing to get involved.


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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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