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4 College Freshman

Academics: especially as time goes by, i get more responsible

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I love my courses for my major! Especially with the professors and TAs given, because they make the course even more interesting and entertaining. They keep you captivated and ready to learn more, but the workload is a bit much but definitely worth it!

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The school offers great academic opportunities. Those who take full advantage of those opportunities will succeed at this school.

4 College Junior

Academics: More mechanically focused than other Environmental Engineering programs, but thats nice because its an easy transition to more alternative energy-type opportunities.

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5 College Junior

Academics: All bio programs are awesome and all engineering/comp sci programs are awesome. Awesome meaning well funded, lots of opportunities to do research, join related clubs, and attend alumni/networking events.

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At UCSD, there are intelligent people doing amazing things everywhere you look. UCSD has some of the top programs in the nation for sciences, social sciences, theater, and dance. The faculty is made up of world-class professors who rank at the top of their fields. Freshmen who are often at the top of their classes in high school are surprised to be just one of the masses at UCSD, where everyone is just as smart as they are. Academics at UCSD are taken very seriously by the majority of students, and on any Friday night, you can find just as many students in the library studying as you can out partying.

Although many students are upset they have had professors—especially science professors—who were more concerned with their own research than teaching, most agree that the good professors and TAs outweigh the bad. One way to find the best professors in your area of study is to read CAPE—a Web site put together by students that ranks professors and classes. Standing for Course and Professor Evaluations, it is a great way to get word-of-mouth advice without having to know anyone who already took the class. Overall, UCSD students agree that professors are always willing to help if they are approached. All professors have office hours, and they are there to help you.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
19:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,496
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
341
Total FT Faculty
3,405
Faculty with Terminal Degree
98%
Average Faculty Salary
$103,200
Full-Time Retention Rate
94%
Part-Time Retention Rate
0%
Graduation Rate
86%
Programs/Majors Offered
110
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 44%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 26%
  • 50 or More Students: 30%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Marshall College
  • Muir College
  • Revelle College
  • Roosevelt College
  • Sixth College
  • Warren College
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 3%
  • Communication Studies: 2%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 3%
  • Psychology: 3%
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Best Places to Study
  • CafĂ© Roma
  • Center for Library and Instructional Computing Services (CLICS)
  • Giesel library
  • The grass hump by the Old Student Center
Tips to Succeed
  • Be flexible.
  • Be ready to meet new and different people.
  • Bring earplugs.
  • Learn how to use the public buses.
  • Try to remember you are at school not just to have fun, but to study, too (at least occasionally).
  • Use the study help centers.
Did You Know?
  • Numerous UCSD faculty members have won Nobel Prizes including Francis Crick, Paul Crutzen, Renato Dulbecco, Harry Markowitz, and George Palade.
  • Studying abroad can greatly enhance your four years at UCSD. Programs are available for every major around the world. Most programs are the same price as attending UCSD and vary from a year to just a few weeks. Check out the Programs Abroad Office or visit http://orpheus.ucsd.edu/icenter/pao/index.html.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 25 responses

  • 21% Susumu Tonegawa - Nobel Prize winner in medicine
  • 13% Capt. Eleanor "Connie" Mariano - first female physician to the president
  • 11% Guy "Bud" Tribble - principal architect of original Mac
  • 8% Al Zollar - President and CEO, Lotus Technologies
  • 8% John Dobak - inventor of several medical devices
  • 7% Zachary Fisk - condensed matter physicist, award winner
  • 7% Brian Druker - oncologist, developed drug for leukemia
  • 7% Greg Papadopoulos - vice president, Sun Microsystems
  • 5% John Shoven - dean, Stanford's School of Humanities & Sciences
  • 5% Abby Leibman - co-founder, California Women's Law Center
  • 3% Carol Becker (Ph.D.) - dean, Columbia's School of the Arts
  • 2% Ron Reedy - Peregrinne
  • 2% Roger Chen, isolated GFP
  • 2% Nick Woodman- CEO/Founder of GoPro
  • 0% John Slaughter - president emeritus, Occidental College
  • 0% George DeVries - CEO, American Specialty Health
  • 0% Tim Roemer - former U.S. representative (D-IN)
  • 0% Nathan East - bassist in the Eric Clapton Band
  • 0% Mark Allen - Ironman, triathlon world champion
  • 0% David Shaw - founder of Juno Online Services

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 95 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 98 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 26 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 25 responses

  • 8% This was my dream school.
  • 80% This was one of my top choices.
  • 12% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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