La Jolla, CA
University of California-San Diego


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Recent Reviews

Wynona
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Attending UCSD was great! I was mainly involved in dance teams, since UCSD have a very big dance community, instead of sports...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Attending UCSD was great! I was mainly involved in dance teams, since UCSD have a very big dance community, instead of sports teams. I was also involved with a few student cultural organizations as well. I have gained event planning, and leadership experience while attending UCSD.

Marina
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The University of California San Diego is a good school. The staff there are great, they really help a lot when it comes to h...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of California San Diego is a good school. The staff there are great, they really help a lot when it comes to having a question. The class sizes are a bit large, around 300 students maybe more or less depending on the class that is being taken.

Jannice
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I loved the lifelong friends I've made and all the people I got to meet at UCSD. However, it feels as if the school's adminis...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I loved the lifelong friends I've made and all the people I got to meet at UCSD. However, it feels as if the school's administrators and most of the faculty members don't care about the students at all. A lot of the professors are there just for their research and clearly don't want to teach the students. The administration just wants your money. However, there have been a few professors who were amazing and obviously loved their subject and really wanted their students to learn. The campus is huge and very pretty. It is near the beach which is really nice. Overall, I wouldn't choose a different school if I had the chance to do it again, but UCSD is definitely an academically challenging school.

Andy
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Academically, UCSD is a STEM school that focuses heavily on research so its STEM programs are very good compared to other sc...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Academically, UCSD is a STEM school that focuses heavily on research so its STEM programs are very good compared to other schools. The campus is huge so expect a lot of walking as the entire campus occupies over 1000 acres of land. Your legs will be very toned in no time at all. Socially, there's a lot going on during weekdays when school is in session but once the weekend hits, everything essentially grinds to a halt. The tens of thousands of students seen during the weekdays are now only at most a few hundred during the weekends.

Keanna
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My overall opinion of UCSD is okay. I like the school and the campus is very nice. The only thing about it is how closed off ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

My overall opinion of UCSD is okay. I like the school and the campus is very nice. The only thing about it is how closed off you feel from other students due to the separation of each college. You usually mingle and hang out with those in your own college rather than trying to get to know others without caring what college they are from.

India
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UC San Diego accepted me off the waitlist and gave me 5 days to decide if I was going to change my entire course of actions a...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

UC San Diego accepted me off the waitlist and gave me 5 days to decide if I was going to change my entire course of actions and suddenly commit to UC San Diego. I thought, "Who do they think they are?". Then I accepted their offer. My first impressions were all from emails and my student links and accounts and all that. It was an okay first impression, I prefer face-to-face but we're all into internet dating now so who cares. I went to Wilderness Orientation and fell in love with my school. If UC San Diego was a person it'd be someone who didn't stand out because they didn't care enough to try to, but once you get to know them you realize just how special they are. UCSD is unique and a bit quirky but also chill and laid-back. Don't overlook UCSD.

michelle
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This is a school of introverts. It is socially dead if you make it socially dead by not putting in effort to socialize. Locat...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

This is a school of introverts. It is socially dead if you make it socially dead by not putting in effort to socialize. Location is in beautiful La Jolla but this is not a college town. There are many options for on campus food. Residential halls are set up in suites.

Vi
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University of California - San Diego is currently under a lot of construction. Paths are being blocked off making it a strugg...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

University of California - San Diego is currently under a lot of construction. Paths are being blocked off making it a struggle for the students to reach class. The campus overall is huge and students often use other transportation methods such as electric scooter, bike, or bus. There are shuttles available for free for students on-campus to help reach classes. There are food and markets at walking distances all over campus, you will always have food selections everywhere you go. Academics are challenging but not impossible. You would need to try very hard to get a good GPA. Making friends is not hard as long as you start the conversation and open yourself up to others. Many students are just shy and reserved so all you need to do is start a conversation and that will help you gain connections. There are several extracurriculars and organizations for all sorts of purposes. If you can't find one to your liking, just create one yourself! Tuition and housing are very expensive so you might need to get a job while going to school. The school's environment is very with nature. You will often see snails, raccoons, dragonflies, butterflies, trees everywhere you go. I chose this school mainly because of how much nature it includes in the school's environment. It helps me to destress and be with Mother Nature more. Overall, this school is alright. There's not a lot of drama so people often get involved with any dramas they can. So just avoid getting yourself in dramas and focus more on academics and your experience at UCSD!

Cloe Mae
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The college is nearby the beach and in the residential area, so there are apartments and stores around. Since the college is ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The college is nearby the beach and in the residential area, so there are apartments and stores around. Since the college is generally a studious environment, there are many internships with research labs and partnered institutions and jobs in the college. Student life is average there are many types of clubs and the gym has many classes available, and the sports are mostly recreationally. The Greek life system is around but there are no official greek houses.

Meryem
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Although I’ve only been a student at UC San Diego for merely a year, I can say with clarity that it’s perhaps one of the most...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Although I’ve only been a student at UC San Diego for merely a year, I can say with clarity that it’s perhaps one of the most influential places I’ve ever had the pleasure to study in. As a student who’s changed schools roughly nine times before college, I’ve become conditioned to analyze a new school environment according to their work and academic ethics, and UCSD without a doubt makes it to the top of that list. The students are always encouraging one another to do more, whether it be in terms of extracurriculars or classes, the study lounges and the legendary Geisel Library are always flooded with students even on the weekends, and the professors and TA’s are almost always accessible with regular office hours. The dorm life was a lot better than I expected it to be as a student who’d dormed before in high school and seen what it could be at its worst. The people I was housed with were amazing and very kind, and we all got along incredibly well throughout the whole year considering we’d all just met. Loud parties and the like are found rarely on campus housing unless it’s a quiet kickback, and the RA’s (at least for Eleanor Roosevelt College) were accessible and had regular times for visiting despite being busy with their own schedule. The school offers a plethora of majors and minors, including a Human Rights minor which I was very pleasantly surprised to see and immediately applied for. For the most part, professors are almost always on track and in my three quarters here I haven’t really had a lot to complain about regarding wasted class/lecture time. On the topic of lecture time, classes at UCSD—so far in my own experiences—mostly are pretty loose on the attendance end, and the professors don’t make a fuss about lateness as long as it’s with cause, but this definition of cause is left to the instructor; I’ve had profs who’ve been less understanding about being late due to running from another, further away classroom to profs who encouraged me to come in late to catch up on sleep. In regards to the campus and the outside malls and activities, UCSD is perfectly placed right at the coast of the Pacific Ocean and on the green hills of San Diego. The campus is always filled with students on the grass lounging, reading, and just hanging out with friends, and the streets and public areas are kept very clean. The campus has a strictly no-smoking rule beside​ a single corner of the woods underneath Geisel Library, which improves the air quality by incredible amounts. Outside, there are shopping malls and activity centers like Westfield UTC and Belmont Park. The buses are offered for free to students and this helps greatly with traveling to the aforementioned places. To summarize, I love my university and am incredibly happy that I’ve decided to commit here.

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  • 23,805
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  • $13,271
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