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The University of California San Diego

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA+ Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkB- Excess CompetitionA
Academic SuccessA- Creativity/ InnovationB-
Individual ValueA- University Resource UseA
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA FriendlinessA
Campus MaintenanceA Social LifeB+
Surrounding CityB+ Extra CurricularsB+
SafetyA
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful, Arrogant, Condescending, Self Absorbed

Female
SAT1410
Quite Bright
Lowest Rating
Useful Schoolwork
B-
Highest Rating
Educational Quality
A+
She rated most things higher than other students did.
Date: Oct 22 2003
Major: Biology (This Major's Salary over time)
UCSD is a great campus if you're enrolled in one of the science majors, and offers one of the best biology/chemistry programs in the state. The teachers seem to be very involved in their own research, but they definitely know their subject matter.

Lower division classes are jammed full (on average, there are approx. 300 students in the introductory classes) but once you start getting further up in your major, you'll see that classes become much smaller and much more personalized. I was fortunate enough have upper division standing my first year, so I got to experiment with upper division classrooms, and the atmostphere was wonderful.

UCSD also has a college system: Muir, Revelle, Thurgood Marshall, Roosevelt, Warren and 6th College. Each college offers a different space for on-campus living (architecture differs as well) and different GEs. Other than that, it really makes no difference which one you choose. Heads up for the froshies—Revelle has the toughest GEs and Muir offers the lightest. The reshalls and apartments at Muir aren't exactly wonderful (I've heard them referred to as "cement tombstones") but I've heard rave reviews for the Marshall uppers and Pepper Canyon. Roosevelt has newly built reshalls and dining facilities (as of 2003) and is located by a large parking lot (important as you will see later).

Parking is a big negative at UCSD. More permits are sold than spots, but that doesn't detract from the cost of the permits, which make a hefty dent in one's pocket. Students who live on the farthest, north-east section of campus (AKA Warren) at times are forced to park in the far SOUTH-WEST side of campus (AKA Revelle). Shuttles are constantly running throughout the work-week in order to get students to and from the farther parking lots. They're always full when I see them rush on past.

As for the social scene, it's there if you can find it, you just have to look hard enough. Unlike UCLA, which has Westwood, UCSD is not quite as close to shops, malls, theaters, etc. though they do exist… merely farther down the street. I've had to take the city shuttle to the mall, so unless you get to know the bus route or have a friend with a car, you won't be getting very far on your own.

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