University of California-San Diego Reviews
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UCSD is definitely a top notch university. Most of the classes have a challenging and rigorous curriculum. I had a better experience with liberal arts courses than I did with science/math classes. A lot of the CS classes were difficult not because the material was hard rather because the professors did not do a good job of getting the points across. In terms of diversity, UCSD is actually not that diverse. It is a relatively safe campus. The city of La Jolla is quite safe but lacks activities for students to engage in off campus.
UC San Diego provided a wonderful undergraduate experience for me. It had both rigorous and engaging academics, and the opportunity to have a rich social world. If you are an outgoing person who is willing to be proactive about pursuing events and activities, and you also want a great academic balance, then UCSD is for you. If you want the social experience to be served up without having to put effort in, then UCSD isn't for you. You'll stay lost in the quiet hall of the library, while the ultimate frisbee team is off having a blast.
I loved this campus! All the professors I had were extremely knowledgeable and resourceful. The campus was large enough that everyday it was an adventure. There are numerous food spots and markets around campus that if you're hungry, you can stop by and pick something up easily. UCSD is near a beach so I would take study breaks on the sand every week.
I attended UC San Diego as a double major in Theatre and Biological Anthropology. Doing so gave me the opportunity to experience the university through both artistic and scientific perspectives. Within each department, I found instructor passionate about their material and students driven to succeed. I studied Egyptology and evolution during the day, then performed in plays at night. I feel that I was given a well-rounded education, which made me competitive enough to be admitted to Columbia University's Doctorate of Physical Therapy program, beginning in the fall. I hope to apply skills I learned from both my majors to my practice as a Physical Therapist.
The University of California San Diego has wonderful biology, engineering, and computer science programs. The faculty is great, and they are passionate about the topics that they are teaching. Unfortunately, the lecture halls are quite large, and it is common to have 400 classmates! There are many extracurricular activities that you can become involved with including several organizations, research opportunities, becoming an undergraduate teachers assistant, and even more. The campus environment is relaxed, and the weather is wonderful. The teaching quality is good, though I had to learn the material on my own because the upper division courses were fast paced.
UC San Diego is a school that forces you to break out of your shell and seek out new opportunities. The classes are tough because the professors at this institution are researchers and well accomplished. The UC system is geared towards research and there are an abundance of research opportunities for students, but students need to be proactive in seeking them out and applying. The rigorous coursework and quarter system has well prepared me for the masters program I will be attending. The connections I made through research at UCSD allowed me to gain valuable experience, and helped me land a position after graduating at the UCSD medical center itself. Aside from this the campus is located near the beach, and is absolutely beautiful! Non students and locals comes to the campus to walk their dogs, exercise and enjoy the hidden art around campus.
UC San Diego is known for its biosciences and state of the art research facilities, but it also offers excellent programs in the humanities and arts. The Writing Program as well as the Visual Arts program focus heavily on theory and portfolio-building. Due to the enormity of the campus, you have to take the initiative of maintaining a social life, but the ecology of the surrounding canyons and ocean provide ample inspiration for both creative as well as scientific projects.
Majoring in human development has allowed me to find my passion toward doing research as well as studying about environmental and genetic factors that contribute toward development of humans. Due to the extraordinary opportunities that I had in U.C.S.D, I have decided to pursue masters direct entry/ Ph.D. Degree in nursing in Columbia University.
I loved my courses at UC San Diego. I felt challenged and engaged in my education. I particularly loved the courses I took for my minor in Study of Religion. I graduated more than 7 years ago, and I still reflect on how much I was impacted by my courses and professors in this program. I appreciated taking advantage of research opportunities in the Psychology department, in addition to my involvement in student government. I also loved the weekend trips to the beach across from campus!
I absolutely love UCSD! My experience here will be forever etched as a huge as one of the best experiences of my life I feel so blessed. The classes available towards my degree are second to none. The Campus is as diverse as it is beautiful! Amazing!