University of California-San Diego Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (14)
Loved going to UCSD and the opportunity to work with well-renowned scientists in their respective fields. If you study in the biology department, the bureaucracy can be challenging to deal with, so make sure you are on top of everything (especially if you plan to apply study-abroad courses to your core requirements). While I was there, the Environmental Science department was much smaller and easier to work with; I did my minor in Marine Science through the ESYS department. I did all of my independent study projects at Scripps Oceanography and loved it there! The faculty were incredibly knowledgeable, and willing to work with undergraduates on projects. These projects later helped me get into graduate school! If you're looking for a school that is really into athletics or is a party school, this is not the place for you. In terms of a great education - I highly recommend UCSD.
It is a lot of difficult work. It requires one to be very independently motivated. There is a nominal stipend, but the health insurance is good. Getting a doctorate is not about wanting to make more money (your lifetime earnings will likely be on par with a person who gets a masters in the same discipline), it is about wanting to contribute to an academic effort. Make sure you get in a lab with other motivated individuals and also make sure the lab has solid funding.
The USD Masters and Credential program changed the way that I thought about teaching. It grew my passion for teaching and expanded my skills and teaching practice. It is as much methodical as it is theoretical and after graduating from the program I felt very prepared for my career in teaching. The USD program has not only taught me to become a better teacher but a constant learner each day I step foot into the classroom. One of the best things about the program is that although I have graduated from the program, I still feel very connected and am constantly kept in contact. I am a proud Torero!
Although UCSD is a very large institution, it provided innumerable opportunities to find your individuality and participate in activities that served your interests. Academically, for students who make the effort, you can absolutely get personal treatment from faculty and graduate students and receive assistance and support from campus resources.
Great experience, worth the time and investment. Its an essential life changing journey
It's a big school with a lot of choices; choices for your major, clubs to join, and friends to make. The size can be overwhelming, like with many public institutions, so it's your responsibility to carve your own path.
The campus is large and meeting people can be difficult if you do not join Greek life. You must have a car because pubic transit is poor and every year they get rid of more student parking... Parking is the #1 complaint. While it is super close to the beach, the surrounding community is suburban and boring. I was in ERC college which is a newer side of campus -close to the international and transfer student housing which was so much fun!! I am told they have changed some policies that suck the fun out of our big festivals so can't comment on that. But overall college is what you make it and UCSD was no different.
Beautiful campus, many good teachers though most had strong accents that could be tricky to understand at first, great sports opportunities for non-college athletes, poor college advising but advising within a specific department (such as biology) was hit-or-miss (sometimes good), difficult to get housing on-campus, many students that are not very social
It was a great school to attend - can't beat the location and quality of education, especially if you are a California resident!
It's a big school with a lot of students, so you're responsible for creating the kind of college life you want to live. Don't wait for someone to plan it for you.