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| Great school. I loved the time I spent at USD and I've made lifelong friends. There are downsides, like all the spoiled, snutty kids who drive big SUVs and have no idea how to pay their way through college. Think Gossip girl in San Diego except all bleach dyed blondes. Also it is very expensive- I'm still paying! But you know what? I wouldn't change anything. I loved my professors and the philosophy and religion classes challenged me to think in different ways. |
Also one note about being a Catholic school (this is coming from a non-believer/atheist). USD never forces their beliefs on anyone. They do make you take 3 religion related classes; however, you can choose from any religion. It's a wonderful way to expand you knowledge in other religions.If you can afford this school (or don't mind paying for it 8 years later :o)) then I highly suggest USD.
|Apr 28 2009|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2006 |
|Not so bright|
| Hi Everyone-|
I am a USD alum with a few important things to say about the school. Firstly, I am an east coast girl, very used to a more aggressive, direct, and cut-throat environment.
I went here and wasn't sure what to expect- I had only visited the campus one time for 20 minutes when I decided this gorgeous campus was right for me.
My first year was completely MISERABLE. I lived in an all-girls dorm, where there was no partying, and my classes were a JOKE. I was with so many dumb blondes who had obviously bought their way into the University, and I was embarrassed to be associated with them.
HOWEVER, come sophomore year, I declared my major (Business) and suddenly classes were challenging and dynamic. I don't think many of the dumb rich kids lasted very long in this program, as once I was a business student, I was surrounded by very intelligent, proactive students.
It was difficult for me to make friends at first. I did not join a sorority (although I DID join a Business Fraternity) but once I found people I got along with, they were truly my best friends (and still are, to this day).
You really need to stick it out and find good people (I feel this is the case anywhere). But once you find your place, you WILL be set for life. The networking I did here is invaluable.
The social life is...interesting. It is impossible to party on campus, and very difficult to get into bar if you aren't 21 (NOTE- I had VERY good fake id's when I was younger- THEY WILL NOT WORK IN SAN DIEGO!) Bouncers will scan and black light your id to provide verification, so as an underage drinker, you MUST stick to house parties, bonfires, day kegs on the beach, ETC.I hated this school the first semester, but once I found my friends and my major, life seemed to take a turn for the best. I currently live overlooking the Pacific Ocean and love life- I couldn't imagine going anywhere else.
|Apr 23 2009|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2008 |
| I loved going to USD. The campus is beautiful and very safe, I felt fine walking home from the library at midnight by myself. It is a small campus, there isn't much walking to do. Clubs and sports are not that big, there are a few big basketball games, but that's it. There aren't really any parties on campus or things to walk to from the campus. However the beach is a 5 minute ride away. I would say 90% of USD juniors/seniors live in mission beach. You'll be surrounded by other USD students and have the chance to live right on the ocean (ride your bike up and down the beach walk). Garnet street in Pacific Beach has bars on both sides for about a mile long (the age of everyone here is 21-23); there's no place in the country like it, you can walk to different bars for dancing/drinking whatever. Also, you can make the 15 min drive downtown for more upscale (little bit older crowd) nightlife. So even though there's not much to do directly on campus, there's so much to do in MB/PB, it's the best. USD is the university of spoiled daughters, the girls are very pretty, blonde, and wear everything designer. I'm from the northeast and middle class - you just have to realize that boys don't care who made your shoes, just be fun and nice. It is not diverse. In general most people in san diego are good looking. Also, it will seem like you know everyone that goes to USD, your classes will be filled with people you know. Greek life isn't that important, but it is easier to make friends and I would suggest it. Class sizes are small, your teacher will know you by name, but it is a liberal arts education (you take a lot of classes in everything no matter what your major). They didn't help me to get a job after graduation, so I would suggest joining a group say accounting or real estate and start asking the people/teachers in charge of that to help you find a job early. All the teachers are very nice, when I asked for recommendations they were very willing to do so. Most people are pretty smart here. Compared to USD: SDSU is a party school, has a lot bigger campus (less safe though),people live around that campus and not at the beach so much, and there's big greek life at state - it seems like the majority of USD is upper class, while the majority of state is not. UCSD is known for well asians, and you don't really meet many people from UCSD. Oh also a lot of people study abroad at USD, during the fall semester junior yr and also during intersession. I know that a lot of people made good friends through their travels. any questions ask |
|Feb 23 2009|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2008 |