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Reviews 2936 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Hey, classes haven't even started yet.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I feel my school does give a lot of opportunities but it does not encourage group work. It is more focused on independent work and study which to students that prefer group settings independent can be challenging and does not give them the help they need.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Professors and class structure are extremely variant across courses; this is very convenient because if a student doesn't like the setup or professor for a particular course, they most likely can wait a quarter and it'll have a new instructor or structure. The professors themselves are extremely knowledgeable in their fields, and have strong experience.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are great internship opportunities within the school, and the institution's prestige is well-known in the outside world. Research opportunities also set up students with experience and connections that can transition them quickly to a career upon graduation. The Career Services Center also helps to connect students with these opportunities and careers.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The only robberies (excluding bikes) are on the outskirts of the campus. Police patrol regularly and there are several light posts that also function as an emergency call zone. I feel safe walking at night, and usually when I feel uneasy it's from my own paranoia. There are, however, poorly lit areas that need more lighting.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms encourage social interaction and aids in the residents' exploration of the campus. The RAs are very personable, and the dorms themselves are manageable. The space is very limited and the bathrooms are not very private, however.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek Life, aside from rushing and recruiting, is all off campus. Due to this, if you hate the party scene it's generally removed from you and the campus. The students that are involved don't usually pressure others to join too harshly unless they express interest in rushing. They're kind and friendly.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UCSD is a school where nothing is shoved down your throat. Don't want to join clubs? Don't worry about it. Just want to focus on studying? That's cool, the parties are off campus anyway. I'm personally not a very social person, so I love that I can reach out for friends at my own pace.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The courses are incredibly diverse and many classes are offered for each category. However some of the professors aren't the greatest.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: As I've heard, UCSD is one of the top rated schools and I would hope that a degree from here will help immensely with finding a job in the scientific field.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It really is, in my opinion, the best since there are plenty of security towers all over campus. And whatever time of day or night or what is needed, someone will come an help or escort you.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: So far in my first year, everything in the dorms was pretty great. I was extremely lucky to get a good roommate and good suitemates.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I was stuck in a forced triple last year. It was awful and small.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Again, I am not part of any clubs of the sort so I can;t accurately give a good description of what they are like. However, they are constantly trying to get new members which I think is admirable.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I personally don't get too involved with sports, but I do see a lot of team spirit around campus so I can safely assume that many of the sports are good enough to draw in large crowds.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: They throw great parties but other then that I do not know much about greek life.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is no school spirit at the school. All the Athletic games are empty and no one attends them.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So far I have gone through my first year of college and it is definitely a great experience. As a pretty shy and holed up person, UCSD has gotten me to come out of my shell a bit and actually enjoy the company of people. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved and so far I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the student events that i have gone to.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall, the school was great. However, it is very competitive for math and science majors. Its best to make friends outside your major because down the road there will not be as much competition between you and your friends.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: The class sizes are sometimes too large. However, there are a lot of different courses offered.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: A degree from this school is great, but many graduates still find it difficult to find jobs.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I generally feel pretty safe on campus, even during late hours because the campus is full of students.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is very convenient. The apartments are much more spacious than the dorms. The cost is quite high.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life livens up the atmosphere on campus, but tend to be cliquey.

3 College Senior

Athletics: There is no football team so there is not much school spirit. Athletics are not a major part of this school.


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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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