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Educational QualityA+ Faculty AccessibilityA+
Useful SchoolworkB+ Excess CompetitionA-
Academic SuccessA- Creativity/ InnovationA+
Individual ValueB- University Resource UseA
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB+ FriendlinessB
Campus MaintenanceB+ Social LifeB
Surrounding CityC Extra CurricularsA
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Date: Feb 01 2015
Major: Engineering Department (This Major's Salary over time)

There are 6 undergraduate colleges you can apply to at UC San Diego. Most older threads will tell you similar things:

Don't choose Revelle, people at Marshall are happy, Sixth is a rising force
The problem with these threads is that they are ridiculously outdated. Full disclaimer: I am a Revelle College bioengineering major, and this is my perception of each college.

1) Revelle College

The oldest college, but doesn't feel like that. Most dorms renovated in the past five years. Argo and Blake are reasonably spacious. Fleet buildings have very small rooms. Brand new dining hall is beautiful and popular: great food that you quickly bore of. Lots of sunny courtyard space for socializing and studying, close to a lot of classrooms. Apartments are spacious high-rises. Many study spaces outside dorms. Among the hardest and most structured general education requirements?HUM is hell. 70% science and engineering majors, diverse student body. Plenty of traditions and spirit. Some minor Stuart Collection pieces. La Jolla Shores is walkable.

2) John Muir College

The second oldest college. Some of the best views you can get in any dorm are on Tioga penthouse. Suite areas conducive to socialization but not hosting parties. Rooms larger than Revelle, comparable to Warren. Very popular dining hall with average food. Cold facades?buildings have a very threatening feel. Close to most classrooms (considered closest to heart of campus), with plenty of space for socializing. Apartments are fine, nothing unusual. Nice study spaces outside dorms. Easiest general education requirements?MCWP is hard, but brief. Lots of in-state students. Plenty of traditions and most spirited. One major Stuart Collection piece. Black's Beach is walkable.

3) Thurgood Marshall College

Third College, but it feels older than that. Spacious suite areas with large triples, but minuscule mini-doubles. Few pretty buildings. Main dining hall is reasonably terrible, but burrito shack is campus's favorite late-night eatery. Not many spaces conducive to socializing, but views from the main study lounge are nice. Apartments are closest to campus center, but dorms are nestled far from everything. Pretty courtyards. General education requirements aren't too bad, but Marshall students complain a lot about DOC. Lots of in-state students. Some traditions, not a lot of spirit. Many Stuart Collection pieces. Black's Beach is walkable.

4) Warren College

Fourth College, lots of engineers. Spacious suite areas with probably the largest rooms on campus. Pretty buildings, but dorms are nestled far from the rest of campus. No beach views, but overlooks a nice canyon. Average dining hall?not much praise. Closest to Price Center. Some nice study spaces, close to several classrooms but very far from some others. [Ridge Walk colleges (ERC, TMC, JMC, Revelle) don't really pay much attention to Sixth and Warren.] Apartments are similar to dorms in quality. General education requirements are reasonable. Diverse student body. Few traditions, plenty of spirit. One major Stuart Collection piece. No beach is walkable.

5) Eleanor Roosevelt College

Fifth College, looks the newest. Gleaming buildings and spacious suites and rooms, rivaling Warren. Nice enough views and social life. Average dining hall?few complaints once the waffles were removed. Closest to RIMAC and The Village transfer housing. No classrooms; far from most major classes on campus. More or less enough study spaces. Best looking student body. Apartments are similar to dorms in quality. Hardest general education requirements, even more so than Revelle as of November. MMW is hated. Few traditions, decent spirit. No major Stuart Collection pieces. Gliderport is walkable.

6) Sixth College

Youngest college, looks straight out of the 1860s. Classrooms are gleaming and modern, but dorms have a log cabin summer camp feel (hence Camp Snoopy). No views. Spacious suite areas for socializing, average to small rooms. Dining hall is far from dorms and rest of campus, nestled in the apartments. Incidentally, said apartments are very pleasant. Not many study spaces, but plenty of open space for socializing. Not near most classes. Reasonably easy general education requirements?CAT isn't too bad. Few traditions, surprisingly quite spirited. No major Stuart Collection pieces. No beach is walkable.


Overall University Positives:

1) Quality of faculty

2) Beautiful surroundings and weather

3) Diversity of campus (people and buildings)

4) Quality of academic departments

5) Extracurricular options


1) No frat row

2) Few D-1 sports = less spirit

3) Intimidating quantities of international students

4) Some ugly buildings, not enough grass

5) Academic rigor

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