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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: A lot of students are very friendly and nice. They are usually pretty laid back, even if the students do have money a lot of them don't flaunt it

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Most individuals who attend this school are extremely nice (of course there are some exceptions to this of course). People usually don't have too much trouble finding their "group" of friends. Sometimes it takes more than a semester but after that people are happy with where they stand friend-wise.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of attractive people here. It's hard because it is so small, so sometimes you see people all of the time.

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  • 13th
    Hottest Girls
  • 21st
    Hottest Guys
  • 49th
    Most Athletic Guys
  • 105th
    Party Girls
  • 115th
    Party Guys

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Shannon Palka
Thousand Oaks, CA
English and Theology
Grad Year
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USD students are the total package: brains and looks. It's hard to find a more beautiful campus in terms of the location and student population. Guys are typically athletic and spend their free time playing sports and working out. While most guys are pretty good looking, girls find that their egos are way too high, and because of the skewed ratio of girls to guys, the boys know they are in high demand.

Girls always try to look their best. Even in 7:45 a.m. classes, it's hard to find a girl who isn't wearing makeup—this might be because USD is filled with gorgeous girls, and people want to try and stand out. Girls tend to get dressed up for class and wear cute skirts and sandals. At night, short dresses and heels are paired to make flashy outfits. USD girls get a lot of respect, especially with San Diego State or UCSD guys. Even though USD is a Catholic school, most students are sexually active, but there is a healthy balance between everyone's social and academic lives.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
But the local chapter of Planned Parenthood provides free birth control to students.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. The beach
  2. Class
  3. Dorms
  4. Parties
  5. Student Life Pavilion
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Dorm room
  2. Mission Beach
  3. Off-campus house
  4. Party
Social Scene
Because USD is a relatively small school, you get to know your peers considerably well. The small classes make it easy to become friends with your classmates, especially people in your major. Moreover, students living on campus in the same residential area develop a strong sense of community and often strong friendships with one another. This can be both a blessing and a curse. It enables small-town gossip, but it creates a sense of inclusion wherever you go.
Hookups or Relationships?
Hookups (especially those aided by liquid courage) seem to greatly outnumber steady relationships around campus, but this perception, right or wrong, might stem from the fact that most couples don't engage in PDA on campus at all and rarely at events or parties off campus. Many people choose either hookups or relationships during their first year and tend to stick to that choice pretty adamantly in subsequent years. Sometimes hookups lead to relationships, but generally people embrace the freedom of college and don't commit to one person.
Dress Code
Overall, people on campus normally look polished and well-dressed. Since it's almost always warm in San Diego, shorts, flip-flops, and T-shirts for guys or cute tops and dresses for girls are pretty standard year-round. When it gets cooler (e.g., down in the mid- to low 60s), jeans, boots, tennis shoes, leggings, sweatshirts, and warm jackets are popular. Students at USD are known for their stereotypically preppy, sometimes-designer clothing and all-around put-together appearances. It's common, though, to see people walking around in workout clothes or yoga pants and a sweatshirt with undone hair.
Did You Know?
Of the 8,300 students at USD, minority students make up 31 percent of the campus population, while international students make up 5 percent. The male-to-female ratio is about 40 to 60.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 54 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 52 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 71 responses

  • 26% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 20% Casual dating at your school
  • 12% Long-distance relationship
  • 10% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 10% None
  • 9% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 6% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 4% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 3% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 1% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 14 responses

  • 23% Class
  • 23% Through friends
  • 21% Parties
  • 13% Greek Life
  • 11% The beach
  • 9% Dorms
  • 0% Student Life Pavilion

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 14 responses

  • 17% In class
  • 17% Dorms
  • 17% Greek Life
  • 15% Sports teams
  • 15% Through friends
  • 13% Parties
  • 4% Clubs/organizations

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 14 responses

  • 29% Well-off
  • 21% Rich.
  • 21% Priviledged
  • 14% Spoiled.
  • 7% Diverse and taken care of.
  • 7% Friendly

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 71 responses

  • 8% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 17% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 55% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 20% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
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