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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love everything about it. If I could go back, I would change two things. One, I would fight harder to have gotten more scholarship. They gave me next to nothing, whereas I could have had 20k/semester in aid at a very comparable university. And two, I wish I realized that Greek life really isn't important. To people not in it, it doesn't matter. Get active in sports, clubs, or whatever. It does not matter.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Its beauty and architecture is mesmerizing!

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Many opportunities to excel, you just need to do the hard work.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: USD is expensive, but if you are willing to put yourself out there you will have the time of your life.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: USD has great opportunities available, you just have to take them. There are a lot issues with USD but change is possible , you just have to be a part of the solution.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Living in San Diego is costly.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Scholarships: I hoped to receive more financial aid and scholarship opportunities offered by the school. I only received about $300 per semester of financial aid. This is such a small amount considering that tuition is $42,000! I also do not qualify for any of the scholarships as a transfer student.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Freshmen guys can't get into parties unless they are in a frat. Girls usually get invited to parties. However a lot of people never go out to parties or drink at all.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Old Town is so close, and you can't go wrong there!

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Administration: Some people are great, others are terrible. It all depends who you talk to.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Scholarships: I applied for federal aid and did not receive any. I also did not receive any merit scholarship money, which does not make sense given my high school GPA. This was the only school that did not offer me a merit scholarship, and I'm still very upset about it.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Food: Although there could always be things to pick on, it's overall awesome. The SLP has been slacking lately though on variety and options, especially at brunch or weekend dinners.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: It makes getting to class in the morning super easy, and there are a lot of hidden gem buildings that people forget about but end up offering great rooms.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Administration: While there are rules set up for alcohol, drugs, etc., some of the rules are not enforced. For example, on my floor, there should be no loud noises or people of the opposite gender (guys in my case) after ten-o-clock. But often after midnight, I can't sleep due to loud laughing and talking, and I can't get ready for bed or take a shower with guys still hanging around. As for alcohol policies, there should be no alcohol, as the building I am in contains underage students, but the RA does say to "hide what you don't want to be seen" when the RA does room check-ups.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process took awhile to get through. While the university does help me submit my forms at One Stop, the in-between process sometimes has complications with FAFSA and other required documents in order to continue.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are a variety of food you can eat on campus. Until you've eaten almost all of them, and life at college lasts a long time. The only things you can hope for to avoid eating the same things over and over again are special SLP dinners and new food arrivals.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Lots of events occur on campus. There are social rooms in the first year dorms, though sometimes it can get too loud, even after midnight, which affects the ability to sleep. Overall, the community is nice.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Workload can be stressful but that's to be expected from a high quality institution. Majors are well organized.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not very diverse as a whole. Some people respect diversity more than others but most don't care about diversity.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are good and easy to talk to.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Campus is the main reason why many people chose here

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Both guys and girls are attractive and have high esteem but most girls are already in relationships so if you aren't good looking or an athlete you won't have any luck here.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Expensive but good food options

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: USD does not have a lot of school spirit, but games against Gonzaga and SDSU usually produce a huge turn out. Honestly not that many people know about the sports going on.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The apartments right across are really convenient, plus super nice, but it is very expensive and parking sucks. You can go farther away from campus for a cheaper option, but then you would have walk a distance or drive your car.

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Jenny Craig Pavilion Jenny Craig Pavilion This is where all the big basketball games are held and sometimes school barbecues!
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How quickly can four years go by? Come to USD, and you’ll soon find out. As students prepare to graduate, they tend to dread leaving the idyllic world of USD for the “real world” of interviews, jobs and bills, and total responsibility. As freshmen, students come in and can have difficulties balancing schoolwork with the fun aspects of the city. They complain about the strictness or the spotty network connection or the walk across campus that takes forever when you’re running late. They dread the gossip that can dominate campus, especially on Monday mornings after a party on Saturday, when they might be still crying over the boy or girl who dumped them. But as seniors and alumni, they’re filled with nostalgia for the caring, supportive atmosphere of USD. They long for the meals they used to skip from the Student Life Pavilion. They wonder where life took the president of Club X or Team Y. They miss the professors who pushed, helped, and watched them succeed.

The majority of students who graduates from USD can’t imagine having gone anywhere else. USD strives to shape balanced, well-rounded individuals. The University partners with the city of San Diego to do just that. Students learn more than meiosis, business strategies, or how to analyze poetry; they learn the professional and social skills necessary to find a job after graduation, leaving with networking abilities, professional acquaintances, and lifelong friends. But more than anything, they graduate with fond memories of their college experience that will last a lifetime.

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