University of California-San Diego Reviews
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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!
The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is a university part of the University of California education system. UCSD is known to be predominately a science school so if you plan to major in engineering, computer science or biology then this is a great university to go to since the opportunities to get research experience. On the other hand if you are studying in the social science or humanities UCSD is also a great school because the faculty there really want you to succeed. In regards to social life, UCSD is located in La Jolla so the surrounding community is mainly a wealthy residential area. The beach is located right near campus so that is a great place to go to in order to relax. Overall UCSD is a great place to attend and I would recommend this university to anyone considering applying to the UC System.
At UCSD, students applying should really try to connect with current students to get the real perspective on what it is like. Sometimes brochures don't say it all. UCSD has its perks and it really depends on your area of study. Overall, its a beautiful campus with lots to see and do. The weather is amazing all year round except for like 2 weeks in the winter. The faculty in certain departments are amazing if you make an effort to get to know them. Also, UC is not Social Dead. There are lots of things to do on and off campus, but again, it really depends on who you know and how willing you are to put yourself out there and discover new things. Living on campus is a little expensive, but it is a great experience. If you live off campus nearby, you're looking at $450+/month for a double room because La Jolla is expensive. I would also recommend getting acquainted with public transportation because parking is a nightmare!
The earth sciences undergraduate program at UC San Diego gives you a good background so that you can go into any field in the earth sciences whether you want to be a hard rock geologist or atmospheric scientist or go into science policy. They have something for everyone at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The professors are good at instilling a sense of wonder in their students about the planet. They also try to get you to do your best. You will be challenged to improve you ability to solve problems and discover.