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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.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I love eating at lot of the restaurants around USD. I usually do eat off campus because the food is so good. Although I do waste a lot of money doing so.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: No parties on campus, but if you go elsewhere you will definitely find a party.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: USD may be strict, but in a good way. All the restrictions the school enforces is to enable a healthy study environment. If you want to go to a party, head off campus.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I got a good amount of financial aid from my school. Communication with the financial aid is fast and thorough. Without the financial aid I received from USD, I wouldn't be going there.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: USD requires you to buy a meal plan that is too large. The dining dollars are useful, but the meals are a waste. They are making us waste our money with buying an uncessary amount of meals. Although with the dining dollars, you can get a lot of good food. Some good food you can buy with dining dollars - crepes at Aromas, sandwiches at Tu Merc, Mongolian noodles at La Paloma, and smoothies at Mission Cafe. Also, the lunch at the SLP during the weekdays are really good. There is lots of variety and the desserts are good too.

1 College Junior

Academics: I wish my major was taken seriously by the institution. There was only 1 advisor this school year and I had no help with choosing my courses or figuring out my plan. My advisor messed up my DARS and also led me down the wrong path. The major on the USD website is also listed wrong, and it is so hard to figure out which classes are need to graduate. I can't believe this school with only 5000 students can't even give us the attention needed so we can succeed. The Deans are of no help and the school has such a hard time finding professors to teach the upper division Behavioral Neuroscience classes, which is nerve racking as a senior trying to get the classes. It's so upsetting because I am so eager to learn about my major and the school makes it difficult because sometimes the professors that they randomly have teach these courses don't know the material enough or do not know how to teach it properly.

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2 College Junior

Academics: I'm sure there are some majors where the professors are great, but the science professors are lacking. Behavioral Neuroscience professors are hard to come by and the program is not well-established on campus. The university is very tough, tougher than need be, the school is not that good nor is USD ranked highly at all. Many science professors have poor teaching abilities and do not help their students. To succeed at a science major, be prepared to have no life, friends, or fun.

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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: The outside of the buildings are beautiful. Some buildings are very pretty inside too, but most of the classrooms are old and falling apart. For such an expensive school, the inside of the buildings should be nice too.

3 College Junior

Local Area: I probably would not live here after graduation, but the area downtown and by the beach is pretty. La Jolla is the best place to live. The weather is nice and the beach is nice too. There's always something to do, but you just need to find it.

1 College Junior

Overall Experience: I am a transfer student and I would choose to never come here again. I went through the admissions process thinking this school was wonderful and thought the school truly cared about its students. When I got here everything changed, and I was so surprised and so disappointed. This was my dream school, a school I worked so hard to get to, and it was nothing like I was told/made to believe it would be. I went through USD's website and read the mission statement and values and history of the school, and fell in love with it. The Admissions Office and my admissions officer were so friendly, caring, and delightful. They helped me with so much, and I assumed that was how the school would treat its students. But the school is so harsh towards its students and do not try to help them, especially the transfers. There are so many unhappy transfer students like me, and it is so hard to make friends. I am in a leadership position in Greek life and it is still hard to make friends, USD has done a terrible job with the Greek life on campus and it is very alienating and exclusive to other Greeks and non-Greeks. There are so many required general education classes that it makes it extremely difficult to graduate on time as a transfer. I am thinking of transferring again because I have had such a negative experience here.

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1 College Junior

Overall Experience: I came here during my Junior year as a transfer and I am so unhappy here. I wish there was a warning label that came with USD. The school may look pretty but the classrooms in the Psych dept are horrible and many classrooms are very old and run down. The people here are so rude and unfriendly and I found it very hard to make friends because I do not party every weekend and I am a science major. There are so many general education classes and the science department is so bad, most professors are tougher than need be. The resident halls have no A/C, are run down and falling apart, and are so loud and dirty. The administration is so uncooperative and does not help students in dire need or try to work with the transfers to help us with our transition. I was not prepared for the amount of work I needed to do to succeed here and I feel like the courses are too hard compared to the ranking of the school. So many of the professors do not help their students and have very intricate and detailed course material only found by listening to their lectures or their lecture slides. Your grade in a class definitely depends on which professor you are lucky to get for a class. There are very few course offerings and they do not have enough professors to teach the classes for the current students. There are not enough advisors and DO NOT COME HERE TO MAJOR IN BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE. Go to a real research institution to major in that or have a concentration in that field. There are so many weird and unnecessary classes required for every student to take that it was not worth it to come here. I am pre-med and I have to finish these classes Post Bac because I can't wait to graduate just to get out of this school. I have joined Greek life and am in a lead position, but the Greek life scene here is a joke compared to how real sororities and frats are at larger/friendlier universities. This was not the "college experience" I signed up for when I applied here, academically or socially.

2 College Junior

Overall Experience: There are not many research options for psych or neuroscience students and if are not close with a professor it is very hard to get research. Internships are fairly easy to get and if you have money, you don't have to worry about anything. You have to start early, or you have to do most of the work to find research or internships on your own or from who you know.

1 College Junior

Guys & Girls: You will only have friends here by being here since your freshman year and living on campus and making friends with the people in your dorm. That is seriously the only way, or making friends freshman year or joining Greek life. People pretty much know each other and it is hard for you to meet new people. Transfers have a hard time meeting people and making friends, but some transfers get lucky or party a lot and meet people that way or join Greek life. People are generally rude and unfriendly on campus, and are only nice to people they know and do not like to meet anyone new not affiliated with Greek life or party people. Everyone knows everyone, and if you are a transfer it is like being an outsider looking in.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Psafe sucks and doesn't actually do anything but accuse people of things for alcohol or drugs. They don't actually tell people to be quiet when it's a weeknight and should be around "keeping the peace." The Health Center is slow and hard to find and does not operate smoothly. And also try to get people to admit they have a drug or alcohol problem, the attitude of the Health Center and Psafe are so weird and accusatory in general.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm a transfer and always wanted to join Greek life and finally joined a sorority, but the Greek life here at USD is a complete joke. The Formal Recruitment process is terrible and the sororities are just looking for people that match "their image" and are NOT about their "values" or anything about Sisterhood at all. It is so disappointing because I wanted a real sorority/Greek life experience but will never have that here at USD. All of the sorority chapters secretly hate each other and look down or exclude non-Greeks. The top sororities look down on the average sororities or the lower tier sororities. They easily make these lesser popular chapters or non-Greeks feel excluded and come off as "I'm better than you" which is terrible because there is no Sisterhood at all. Even the women within the individual chapters are not real friends and don't even really know each other or are cliquey within their own sororities. It's sad because this is not what Greek life is all about.

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2 College Junior

Athletics: No one really goes to sporting events. Hardly anyone has school spirit. The sports teams are a joke and so are the gym and workout facilities.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Living in Mission Beach is a dream, when you find a good place. It's hard to find but there are many expensive beach houses there that can be rented out by students and are fully furnished and go for maybe $4000 on average, maybe more, maybe less but if you have enough people it can be worked out/affordable. There is Carmel across the street but it's not fully furnished and expensive just like MB. There are other places close to campus but not in very good condition/neighborhoods. A lot of people also commute or live in PB.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many good places to eat brunch, lunch, dinner, or drinking. But not many are actually close to campus and you definitely need a car.

2 College Junior

Party Scene: Transferred from a small school with a big party scene. The downtown SD night life is so good and the gaslamp district is amazing and there's Mission Beach or PB when you want the actual beach night life. But a lot of people can't party or don't know how to party and it's hard because so many people don't ever actually go downtown/club.

1 College Junior

Administration: Academic: THE DEANS ARE HORRIBLE. Transfer student that had a lovely experience with the Admissions Office and after that the administration became my worst nightmare. Most of professors in the science department are horrible and you don't really learn because you spend most of your time memorizing all the information for one class. The amount Gen Ed class requirements are insane and you will spend most of your time here completing them. Some professors are amazing and want their students to succeed, but I've had so many professors that just expect the students to learn every piece of information in the exact way they taught it, and I can't learn from memorizing lecture slides or lecture notes. Psafe/parking give a lot of parking citations and there is no place for residents to park on campus during the day, which is hard because the dorms are so far from campus and the trams are not always reliable.

Social: Strict in the freshmen dorms and just watch people at night. They make sure no one smokes weed, but they never actually stop people from smoking cigarettes by the dorms. They are just out to get you for weed, alcohol, or anything else. DO NOT CALL PSAFE IF YOU ARE RAPED, call the SD police.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I transferred and knew how the financial aid processed worked so I was lucky. But finaid for the summer here is a joke and they don't give you enough money.

1 College Junior

Campus Food: Transferred from another school where there was always someplace to eat and the food was always good. But not at USD, I've gotten food poisoning from La Paloma, Bert's and the SLP. The brunch is a literal joke and there is never actual good food in the SLP except the pasta from Mickey. There are hardly any late night options and the food is never fresh or prepared well. Tu Mercado only makes sandwiches and they never make the sandwiches right either plus I've seen the girls prepare food with their bare hands or touch the garbage with gloves and not change the gloves before making the next sandwich. The workers for all the dining services are almost always rude or mess up the orders.

1 College Junior

Campus Housing: I am a transfer student and will never on campus again. The 2nd week of living ever (from out of state) I had my roommate accuse me of assaulting her and was called down to the housing office with cops there asking me all these questions. I never did anything wrong and was treated like I had and then had to move out of the room! Do not deal with housing any longer than you need to. It's always so loud and there is no A/C in any resident hall. Make sure you know your roommates/suitemates.

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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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