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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Thus far, my overall experience is great! I am finally starting to come out of my shell and explore what UCSD has to offer. It's easy to get caught up in all the studying that takes place on campus but UCSD has a multitude of organizations, jobs, and opportunities available for students to get involved in. The weather is great, the professors are awesome, the people are even more awesome, and the environment is comfortable and welcoming. Its an extraordinary university to attend and I'm very happy with being here :)

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So far my experience at UCSD has been great. At first I thought the six-college system would be a little weird but, like most people say it has the advantages of being a part of a small university as well as a large university. Although the classes are very rigorous, there are many resources available on campus to help with anything you need. Being a Latina woman I felt a little out of place my first year, but I soon came to realize that there is something for everyone. UCSD is a very open campus with many different kinds of people that I have been able to learn a lot from.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UCSD is an amazing school

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I chose this school because it's near my house and near San Diego. San Diego has unique cultural food and other stuff. IT's really convenience and especially talking about research lab, there are a lot of it in San Diego. Students will be able to have good resource to do their research

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've thoroughly enjoyed my classes, and I'm impressed by the rigor of the courses. The professors and counselors both are very helpful. The academic advising center is prompt and detailed when answering students' questions. The school promotes a sense of community through activities such as a mini-Olympics and a campus-wide beach day. With the six college system, you get the experience of a large university as well as that of a small, tightly-knit college. Overall, I am of the firm belief that I made the correct decision in attending UC San Diego.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Lots of opportunities at this school, good diversity of people

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Although I have yet to attend school this fall quarter, I was thrilled to visit especially during Triton Day and orientation. UC San Diego is unique in that the school is divided into six campuses, and although this may seem as if it may create a type of segregated community, it is the opposite. Students take classes all over the school, and attend classes with students from different campuses. Because each campus has its own theme, the students are given the opportunity to focus on one specific subject, and be able to teach others what they have learned, bringing different perspectives into debates and conversations with their friends. I am thrilled with my choice of school as well as my acceptance into this university and feel very welcome in the arms of my family away from home.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: At first I was convinced UCSD wasn't the right school for me, but as I became more involved in student clubs and finally found my niche I began to love it. I have had great opportunities to work directly with professors doing research I am interested in pursuing at the graduate level, and I have even had the opportunity to participate in that research abroad. I love UCSD. I have met wonderful people there; I have made meaningful career-related connections; and, I have had more fun than ever. San Diego has the best weather, the best Mexican food, and the greatest diversity of outdoor activities... UCSD can't be beat!

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall it was fun. I am still working to find myself and my friends are of great help

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Diverse school with a lot of spirit and intellectual minds. Lack of dorm space because of increasing demand for admission.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: It is near the beach, walking distance actually.

A lot of opportunity for research if you look for it.

The school does seem too big, getting around is a hassle and parking is terrible.

Not a lot of party scene but a lot of fun things to do.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Everyone at UCSD is really smart and a lot of people study really hard. Even the party animals spend a good amount of time studying, so if you are planning on enrolling here, be prepared. It is no walk walk in the park in terms of academics. Second, most people in the school generally have open minds, which means racism, discrimination and what not are extremely minimal. Everyone is pretty accepting of each other which is great but that does not mean that everyone is going to want to always talk to you or hang out with you, it just means that you won't get bullied or picked on but you may not receive the most enthusiastic response from everyone, but there are a lot of great people out there who love talking to people and meeting new people all the time. Lastly, the school is in a very expensive neighbor hood so you'll have to be really thrifty with money especially if you don't have a car to drive you to cheaper ares where you can buy stuff and eat. Of course other students, your friends may have cars but it's still not your car so your opportunities to simply go out whenever you fell like it will be much less. There is a great bus system that you can take anywhere in San Diego and the fee is already included in your school fee. However, buses can take from 10 minutes to 1 hour longer to get to places than cars. Overall, it's a great school where you'll be pushed to study hard, become a good person, but like I said it is no walk in the park. People in the school are competitive in so many ways, but if you get in the zone, you'll get a lot out of the experience.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Wonderful opportunity to study within a truly diverse environment.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: UCSD is more and more being recognized for its incredible science and engineering programs, with many of our departments leading the rankings nationwide. The most common complaint you'll here is the lack of a social life, but where the campus has mostly turned its back on sports and Greek life, students are passionately involved in philanthropic organizations, causes, and other kinds of extracurriculars. Coupled with the proximity to the beach, UCSD is the perfect place for smart kids who are invested in their education.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far the only experience I've had with UCSD has been through the tour and the online registration over summer. The tour convinced me to go and the online registration has gone smooth enough. The staff respond within a reasonable time to emails and the site works fine most of the time. My only complaint (and it is a very important one) is the cost of attendance for out of state students.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UCSD has been a great experience for me. Sure it was rough in the beginning but I have finally adapt.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: As a first generation college student in my family, adjusting to a new life-style has been difficult. There were plenty of family issues that were quite distracting and hard to overcome. Despite the fact that I had problems at home I was able to successfully finish my first year of college, and make very strong friendships. My school was the best choice because I felt very welcome. During the summer before my first quarter I joined a program called Oasis and it was the first connection and the strongest that i have made with my school. In that program students are encouraged to express themselves and grow together.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Only thing that makes me want to stay are my sports team, my fraternity and partially the great academics. Other than that there's nothing else holding me back

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm comfortable on campus, and all the other students seem accepting.

The dean's super chill.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I enjoy it a lot. It has a great social atmosphere and excellent studies.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: It is a very rigorous academic school that constantly requires a significant amount of your attention and focus in order for you to succeed. You are always in competition with your peers. Outside of the classroom the campus and location is absolutely beautiful and there are many outdoorsy activities to do. The clubs and sports are very nice and welcoming but the school spirit as a whole is lacking a bit.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This is by far the best decision I've made in my life because this school is amazing and it had just what I was looking for.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I feel that if I was more involved in my first year of college, such as clubs and events, I would have had a much greater experience. However, meeting new people and the overall gist of college over high school is a nice experience in itself.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I feel that I am entering version 2.0 of my old high school except with a larger population of self-reflective and studious individuals and a moderately-sized population of a tad insensitive party kids.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's been great! I love the experiences I've had here. I've met many people from different backgrounds, which has really helped to expose me to different cultures. The quarter system is a bit fast-paced, and there have been times where I wished the school was on the semester system, but I've made it through two years and passed all my classes, so it must be working well! I love how my school always has a wide array of activities for everyone to have fun during their study breaks, especially during the week before finals.

1 person found this useful Report
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When students contemplate their overall experience at UCSD, they usually base their opinions around the friends they have made and the good memories they have. Although academics at UCSD are world-class, they are not always the most important factor in the overall experience. Social life at UCSD is known to be a little boring. Many students wish they had a more active social life, but most still manage to find friends with whom they create lasting memories.

After adjusting to life at a large university, students say they enjoyed their time at UCSD and could not imagine going anywhere else. They especially like living in such a beautiful area and attending a challenging research university. Living on your own in college is an invaluable experience and teaches many students just as much as lectures and labs. Most of all, students are appreciative of their friends, and the people they meet have the biggest impact on their overall experience.

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