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Reviews 1658 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: All seniors who I have talked to say that with hard work throughout the four years it is easy to succeed afterwards. The professors and counselors help you find careers and the alumni network is amazing!!

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I constantly feel very safe on my campus. There are security guards at almost every entrance and P-Safe is every where. If you ever feel unsafe walking from one place to another P-Safe will pick you up and drive you wherever you would like.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Everything about the dorms are great!! You get to meet so many people and residential life makes sure there are always activities. Students really have a sense of community. The only thing is the space... I was in a single and it was very tiny but I got used to it. The doubles on the other hand are very spacious in the valley. In my opinion Missions A are the best dorms, some every have a view of the ocean.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Many of my friends are in Greek life and love it. The difference at our school is that you rush in Spring semester and many other schools start the rush process immediately in the Fall. Our school always requires high GPA's and your GPA highly affects whether or not you get into a certain fraternity or sorority. You need at least a 2.75 to even make it through the first day.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: The school definitely chooses to focus a lot more on academics than athletics. Football won nearly every game this season and won our conference yet there were less than 20 students at each game. Our school doesn't have an awesome reputation for sports which causes fan support to be very low.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: If I went through the entire process of applying and deciding on a college to attend again, I am almost certain I would choose USD again. It is absolutely beautiful and the professors truly care about each and every student. My friends at other colleges have said there professor never even looked them in the eye due to the enormous class sizes, but with the small community at USD each of my professors knew me by name. The academics are amazing and I have no doubt that I will succeed after graduating. The only downfall is sporting events. The school is small so football games aren't how they would be a huge state school, but if you attend them you can absolutely still have fun. USD is also about 12 minutes from the beach and who could ever complain about that?

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in Maher my Freshman year and it was amazing! I had the best views and the proximity classes was easily 5-10 minutes and even less if you had a class in Maher!

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I just know them by the stereotypes and what type of parties they throw. Not really interested beyond that

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The only thing that attracts people tot he sporting events is the free food and gifts that you could win. At the last home basketball game they gave free Beyonce tickets, a car, parking space, and airline voucher of $500. Also the football parties are the best!

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love my school even before I attended. When I was accepted they flew me out here for 3 days and I got to meet so many people and could tell they really cared about me! The food here is amazing but gets old after a while! The campus is close to everything and is so beautiful. Also every professor I have had I have loved and I can always go to them for help without competition.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Not a party school. All parties are off-campus at Mission Beach or Carmel Apartments across the street. All the really good parties get rolled. All hosted by unofficial houses of frats or the occasional sport team or sorority. There are fun clubs off-campus (even 18+) mostly in Gaslamp. Same goes for bars.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you want to party hard, this is not the school for you. There is usually something going on, but it can be hard to find parties. You usually need to know someone in Greek Life.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Registration can be stressful but you usually get the classes you want. Most classes have waitlists. Expect to work hard with the average workload professors deal out. Popular study areas are Copley or Law Libraries, La Paloma, Aromas, or just outside. Study abroad is very popular and the norm.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Mostly wealthy or upper middle-class, white students. Minorities are underrepresented. There are minority groups on campus (Black Union, LGBT, etc.) that are supported.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Lots of alcohol at off-campus parties. Some weed; usually no hard drugs. Not a big deal at all if you don't drink although most do. No alcohol allowed in under 21 dorms and is enforced.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Professors are usually great and very willing to help. They want to know their students and know your name. There are many different courses offered as well as required Core Curriculum courses. Max class size is 30-something, typically around 20 students. Great learning environment.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Liberal arts education creates well-rounded students. The Career Center is very helpful with resumes and mock interviews. Job Fairs are often on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe walking alone at 1AM. Public Safety is always available to give you an escort. They also patrol. There is very little crime except for some bike theft. There is a CARE program to prevent and sexual assault victims. There is also sexual assault programs required for members of Greek life.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is mostly really nice. Required to live on campus for first 2 years. For freshmen: Camino and Founders are all girls/guys respectively and are typical dorm style. Communal bathrooms are professionally cleaned 6 days a week. Single, doubles, triples, quads. Maher is co-ed by wing. Private bathroom in each dorm. Mostly triples and quads. Missions/the Valley is not as nice and you have to use the "death stairs" but is its own little community. They all have laundry rooms. Most people get mini fridges and microwaves. Everyone thinks their building is the best. I think 1. Camino/Founders, 2. Maher, 3. Missions

Full apartments w/ kitchens for sophomores. Housing available all four years albeit expensive.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Approx. 34% of USD is Greek. It's a great way to meet a lot of people. Good for everything--parties, community service, etc. If you want a good social life you should join Greek life. Recruitment is in the spring for sororities and frats. It's not a big deal if you're non-Greek. No Greek housing (SD county law or something).

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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: If you want a school with A LOT of school spirit and highly-attended sports events, USD is not the school for you. Big rival games sell out, but everyday games have really low attendance. All sports are D1 except football (D2) because it was recently implemented at USD. It will become D1 eventually. Overall, low school spirit except for when it really matters.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I would choose to attend USD again in a heartbeat. It has a mix of well-rounded students. I would genuinely say that 90% of the students and faculty that I've met at USD are kind and genuine. It is a small environment but you still are always meeting new people. The campus is gorgeous and there is always something to do around San Diego. The small class size is great and allows you to create relationships with your professors. Majority of the professors are more than willing to help. USD makes the first year experience the academic and social transition as smooth as possible. The only downside to USD is that there are not many places you can walk to off campus, although there is good food walkable to. Also, there is lack of school spirit, but seems to be improving. USD is a great school and I would choose it again no questions.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Good way to meet people and be involved with community service.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Could use more participation for the big sports at the school.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Beautiful campus, great people, and good education. Close to home and great location.

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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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