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About me: 4th year PSCI student who worksQuite BrightPolitical Science
About me: 4th year PSCI student who works on campus
1st: This school is a racket. Literally the most expensive school in the CSU system. They are trying to expand, so they issue high interest bonds that comes from (you guessed it) you and your family. Parking permit here is $340... A SEMESTER! At CSUN it is only $180, about half.

2nd: Women aren't as hot as you would think. There are many girls but most of them are young, over weight, or dumb... but usually all three. So if you were a virgin in highschool, he is your shot.

3rd: We are NAIA division. What is that you ask? Well basically rec league because we suck too much to even be a NCAA D3

4th. No campus life. Most people are commuters. The rest are freshman that live in overprices dorms. San Marcos, is a family suburb. No car, tough luck.

5th. Employees are liars and snitches.They will do anything to one up you, especially when you are doing good. Although convienent, I would suggest not working here.Honestly, I came here because of the lack of funds. If I could take it back, I would take out loans to go to another school. It is honestly, really that bad.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2015
Friendliness: A-, Social Life: F
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I am a second year biotechnology student, withQuite BrightBiology
I am a second year biotechnology student, with a minor in computer science here at CSUSM. The main campus is about 15 minutes from the closest beach (you can see the ocean from the 5th floor of the library), and about 25 minutes from downtown San Diego.

First off, I am going to be completely honest. I did not particularly fall in love with CSUSM - immediately. I did not live in the dorms, I lived in some nearby housing off campus. I found it really hard to meet people, until my second year when I started getting to know people in the biology and chemistry departments. Yes, it is no secret that the university has the reputation of being a commuter campus. Maybe it is, but I can tell you that the quality of your social life depends on how much effort you put into it. I was frustrated because I wasn't getting the "college experience", but this was not a fault of the college's, but my own. As soon as I joined a club and began to put myself out there to others in my department, it got better almost instantly. I have had an amazing time since, and it was all because I took some time to take my nose out of the textbooks. The social life here will not throw itself at you, but it is here, so you get what you put into it.

There is plenty to do in the area. There is hiking in nearby Elfin Forest, and beaches in Encinitas and Carlsbad just 15 minutes away. If you get bored there, you can take the sprinter train straight from campus to Oceanside, which features, guess what, more beaches. And if you get bored of the beach, head to downtown, where there is plenty of shopping, clubs, etc.

The campus: it is brand new, just over 20 years old. The building are very nice, and kind of have a private school feel to them in both architectural aesthetics and in quality. Not bad for $3500 a semester (if you're in state).The campus is growing very fast. They are opening up a 89,000 square foot student union in the Spring 2014 semester. They also just broke ground on two other buildings, and that doesn't include the brand new dorms that going up as well. Only about a third of the campus has been completed, so construction will be a part of the life here until it is completed.

The quality of education. I can only speak for the biology and chemistry departments here, but I have found it to be pretty amazing. The professors provide a rigorous, challenging program. You will have to sacrifice most of your social life if you wish to succeed. However, the professors are always there to help if you need it. Go to office hours! It's a great chance to get your face known, and to get a better understanding of some of the material.

They also have many research opportunities for undergrads, where you get to work in an actual lab on a project with a professor. It looks great on a resume. San Diego is a great place to be a science major because lots of job opportunities.

For incoming students, I would highly suggest living on campus for at least one year. It will allow you to meet people that you may not see otherwise. It will certainly help making friends easier. I would also suggest joining clubs. Just put yourself out there, and the rest will come.

Oh, there is one bad thing about this campus, and that is the price of parking. It is pretty outrageous: $350 a semester. Yep.

1st Year Female -- Class 2016
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Campus Aesthetics: B
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While I can't speak for all of theBrightSociology
While I can't speak for all of the programs the sociology and criminal justice are a complete joke. If you are a white male then be prepared to feel the brute force of people scorned. There is very little exploration of society as a whole and rather a whole 4 years of looking at African American struggles a few quick issues looking at Hispanic cultures. Teachers are condescending and WILL talk down to you just because you don't have years of research or a masters minimum.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2015
Perceived Campus Safety: A+, Education Quality: F
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