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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It really depends where you end up in UCSD. I am in ERC and we have the best dorms. They are clean and close to the Village which has The Bistro and The Market. The Market is open really late and has lots of options. Classes tend to be far from ERC but manageable to walk to. Housing is competitive because there are so many people. ERC could not fit everyone here so there are many off campus, in Warren, and in Revelle. Social atmosphere is ok. The dorms hold events now and then. Once I participated in bubble soccer and our house made shirts for our teams. It was a lot of fun and a great way to meet people in your house. The RAs are very friendly and very informative. They post weekly newsletters that lets you know what's happening around UCSD. Cost wise depends on your rooming. Usually you get a triple and have three roommates and two bunkbed. It's cheaper and a little bigger. Few have singles which are more expensive and smaller but some prefer their own space. You'll have a common room in your suite (which usually has 14 people). It has a couch and some tables where people often hang out and watch movies or play board games. Overall housing here is pretty good.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is Greek life here but no Greek housing like at Berkley. I often see people sporting shirts or sweaters of their frats or sorority's letters. Also the greeks hold a lot of events and are advertised pretty well on campus. I would say a lot of people join or are interested in joining a fraternity or sorority. However, there is no tensions between non-Greeks and Greeks. Either way we're all students here.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not too many people really know about the games here at UCSD. In fact, not many people attend the games and there is not much school spirit involving sports. However, that doesn't mean there aren't any sports. Many people play sports here. Intramural sports are really popular here. The most popular sport here is surfing since we do have a great surfing school but we have no football team so there isn't much of an athletics scene. The RIMAC is one of the best gyms west of the missasippi and has a lot of recreational classes such as basketball.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I enjoyed my time at UCSD. As a first year, I adjusted easily into UCSD and found many of the people here very friendly. Education here is rigorous but manageable if you stay on top of homework. The classes take a lot of work but it's usually a fair amount. TAs are important but not all are great. Go to sections because they will help with course materials, review tests, and homework. Many TAs go out of their way to hold review sessions around exam times. Despite it's reputation, there are lots of fun things to do at UCSD. There are a variety of events such as Tritonfest which usually ends up being a lot of fun. Food is here not bad but not great; however, there are lots of markets on campus that have a variety of food and groceries but are pricey. Views here are beautiful and the beach (depending where you are) is right across the street. I highly encourage UCSD especially for science majors.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Extremely difficult but if you put the time in and do it right, you can do well in class and have a great social life too (like me). I'm in 2 clubs, a sorority and a Public Health major with a Humanities minor and I do relatively well in school and have a great time doing my own things too.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: I have friends of all kinds of different backgrounds, including religiously, politically, economically, and ethnicities as well as sexual orientation. It is such an accepting and safe place to be.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you choose to stay out of the drug scene you can without a problem and still have a great social life. Most people here that do drugs smoke weed but even then, everyone here is EXTREMELY academically driven.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in a dorm last year and this year I live in on campus apartments. Everything is well maintained and there are weekly cleanings for the common areas and bathrooms. I live in Revelle and it is super easy to meet new people all the time, whether its in your building or at the dining hall next to us. We also have access to a marketplace where we can use our dining dollars to buy groceries (all colleges have this). I am really glad I decided to live on campus for two years.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our school has many sports to offer, most are D2. I will definitely that there isn't a ton of school spirit but when there are big games we have some. Also, we DO NOT HAVE A FOOTBALL TEAM. In case that is of great importance to you.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel totally safe on campus at all times. There are security guards that patrol at night and campus police. There is even a service to call people to walk you back to your dorm if its late and you're trying to get home from the opposite side of campus.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life here is crazy fun and really relaxed. There's no hazing and there is a lot of love in the Greek Community. Some of my best friends are in other chapters as well as my own. We don't have houses (due to a law in La Jolla) but you still have weekly meetings and fun events to get to know your own chapter as well as the other sororities and fraternities on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I am a Public Health major at UCSD in Revelle College and I couldn't be happier with my overall experience. As with other difficult schools, you get stressed during finals and other exams. However, I can walk to the beach in 15 minutes, I live in one of the greatest cities in the US and everyone here is absolutely amazing.

Now as for classes, all general education classes are huge, lecture sizes are usually between 200-500 students, but most classes also have a discussion. Discussions are smaller sizes, usually 20-40 kids where you can ask questions, go over lecture material or get help for homework. Discussions are taught by TA's who for the most part know the material pretty well.

Classes here tend to be more difficult because they are very fast paced due to the quarter system, but it is definitely feasible!

Most professors here are great, they really are passionate and willing to help you if you go see them.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Our school is renown for being very difficult because of the competition and the level of difficulty of the classes. Just in California, people know that we work really hard. The school also offers so many research opportunities its crazy! You just have to be willing to put the effort in to find them!

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: class registration is stressful, time with professor is not there as well as with TA

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There's always an officer guarding the residence halls at night, and the phone number that can be used for escorts and emergencies is always available.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The class sizes -- particularly at the upper-division levels -- are small, and promote more hands-on learning than lower-division courses.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The medical school is constantly busy with newcomers and prospects, and there are plenty of opportunities to meet graduates and alumni who can show you the ropes.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: It's convenient to be able to go to class without having to worry about transportation to and from campus.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greeks are known for raising school spirit and throwing parties. Although I have not heard much about their outreaches to the community, I am certain there are programs and fundraisers which Greeks host in efforts to contribute to the betterment of the community as a whole.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I think the school's spirit is not equivalent to those of other schools due to the lack of a football team.

2 College Junior

Overall Experience: I do not understand why, if I could do it all over again, I would pay the amount that I am for courses that fulfill my gen. ed. requirements if I could take classes at junior colleges that are not only transferable to the UC system/towards my graduation but which cost a fraction of the price I am currently paying.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Got to pay attention and the lab courses suck, but other than that, its challenging

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel really safe, I've noticed a few security people here and there but the people here tend to stop bad things form happening.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Classes are large and the courses go pretty fast.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I wouldn't know, haven't graduated yet


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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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