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The University of California San Diego

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA- Faculty AccessibilityB+
Useful SchoolworkC Excess CompetitionC
Academic SuccessB+ Creativity/ InnovationB
Individual ValueF University Resource UseC
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyF FriendlinessB-
Campus MaintenanceF Social LifeF
Surrounding CityA Extra CurricularsF
SafetyA
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Afraid, Arrogant

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Self Absorbed

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She cares more about Campus Maintenance than the average student.
Date: Aug 01 2010
Major: History/Histories (art history/etc.) (This Major's Salary over time)
This university is caught in a conundrum, where every student who gets in, believes that they are in fact, a genius. This makes others who get in, feel as though they have gotten in to somewhere great, and sadly, this is simply not the case.

UCSD makes life harder than it should be for students by not offering courses that are required for majors due to California budget cuts, which results in haphazard class selection and being caught in a topic you could care less about which will result in typing in the twilight hours about a paper that you have no passion for. I found myself doing this many times, simply because I wanted to graduate and not because I cared about the 'learning process'.

People here are a bit extreme, and a lot are just trying to find their role on a huge campus where no one knows your name. You'll walk past a lot of nerds, a ton of Asians, and an occasional protest by zealous Poli Sci students who are trying to get their fifteen minutes. If you try to pack in as many class requirements in your schedule, you will be late to class, even if your online schedule says it's fine. This campus is insane with the fact that it puts classes all over the place at random, so you'll be walking miles and will undoubtedly have to explain to the prof/TA (who may also run late if they have a class beforehand) that you're late because you just walked from Sixth to Eleanor, which is a journey.

The campus is ugly. It's a bunch of random concrete slab. You also can't get around the horrid chicano paintings and weird sun creature sculpture that belongs in a stoner's yard sale. You are in the middle of affluent La Jolla and surrounded by beach though. Make of it what you will.

Side note to commuters! If you're moving to come here, get an apartment in UTC (off Nobel or Arriba) and check the bus lines before you choose. You will be taking the bus, and you can't get around that. There is NO parking and they will charge you over half a grand for a year pass and you will NOT get a spot. Bus is free. Don't find out the hard way and get ripped off. Oh and there are anti-student parking signs all over town, so don't try the whole random shopping parking lot, you might get a ticket or even worse, towed. I've seen it happen.

To sum it up, if you can go somewhere else… go. If you're obsessed with rankings and this is the best school you got in to, I can understand that, but if you're moving out of state to go here, you are going to feel like you made a sad mistake.

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responseI disagree when you say that the campus is ugly because I saw all the Cal States, the two Cal Polys, and several private low ranked California universities, and UCSD's campus and surrounding La Jolla is 10 times better. Maybe I disagree with you because I have a lot of worse places to compare UCSD to.
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