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Reviews 1139 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Student

Party Scene: it's great, school is really great, I really like it a lot.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: A few of my friends live off campus and they live about 20 minutes away because it is so hard to find anything close to campus. I could not imagine driving everyday.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of places close to campus like Subway and Pizza. There is also a Ralphs and Albertsons so it is easy to get groceries and chose your own food without spending too much money.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus is strict where appropriate.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are usually parties off campus so if you do not have a car it can be a hassle and the parties somewhat close to campus always get interrupted by the campus police. There isn't really Greek life houses so there are not ever parties for social events.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I had financial aid my first year but did not get it the second year.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I think the fast food is disgusting. There are almost no healthy options unless I was to just get a salad every day which can add up quickly because usually salads are more expensive then entire meals. I never use the new food or go to the USU for meals.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I liked living on campus for the first semester. I made friends easily with my roommate and my RA was really nice and it was easy to make monthly payments. It started going downhill for me during the second semester, there were constantly parties on school nights and quiet hours were late. It was hard to get much done and I found myself going home a lot. It was close to campus which was nice and had a gym and pool.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The same as most other colleges

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I have several favorite off campus dining choices

4 College Freshman

Administration: I think the school policies and enforcements are fair

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Its not too crazy at the dorms which nice most of the time

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: The staff has been very helpful and I was pleased with the aid I received for the first year!

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I usually save money and buy my own groceries to prepare in my dorm!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It had been a great experience to live in the brand new dorms! They are modern and clean. It is close to shopping and also has a food court in the building. When I need to unwind I can use the fitness gym or swim in the pool and bbq with friends!

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Living on campus allows me to live independently and grow as a student. I have a big family, so it's a new transition in my life. I walk to campus, and it's safe and convenient for me.

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3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of options, but it can get expensive. I prefer homemade meals.

3 College Student

Administration: The strictness is average compared to other universities. The policies should be enforced.

3 College Student

Party Scene: I don't go to the party. I travel back home and spend time with my family when I have free time.

3 College Student

Scholarships: It's a very long process. It was difficult completing and organizing documents in order to finish the process. My application is still pending.

3 College Student

Campus Food: The food is good, but it can get expensive, especially with a student budget.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: It's great being able to live away from home and be independent. It is easy to access my dorm and other features like the cafeteria.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far I've had great professors that have been very helpful.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's a co putative getting a job at school because a lot of people apply for that position.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There many food options, but it is mostly junk food.

2 people found this useful Report
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The CSUSM experience is generally a positive one for most students, despite a few minor issues now and again. The parking on campus is a huge deterrent for many students, who often grow easily frustrated with the process. Plus, the price of the parking pass alone is unfair and highly priced.

Another issue students often face is trying to get an academic advising appointment, a process which is often difficult and a hassle. Because of this, some students try to figure out for themselves what classes are needed and when to take them, when ultimately they need some guidance. Also, the food on campus is not that great. In order to have a good meal, most students have to drive off campus, which is a pain. Finally, another issue is the printing or copying on campus, which is too overpriced. On a positive note, once a week, vendors come on campus sometimes to give away free food or gear.

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