University of California-San Diego Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (32)
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.
Huge campus will take some getting used to, but theres plenty of hidden places to explore. Great opportunities to interact/work with professors are available, but will require some initiative on the part of the student. Weather is great and the beach is 5 minutes away. What more can you ask for?
UCSD has a very large, nice campus. There are two libraries (Geisel and Clics) on campus that provides students with very useful places to study in between their classes. Also, there are many different artworks (buildings, statues, etc.) throughout the campus. The Price Center is where lots of food places and the Student Store (you can buy lots of things here, including textbooks) are located. It could have changed since I left, but when I was there, UCSD was broken down into 6 different colleges. When you apply to UCSD, you select your major (or choose undecided) and also list the colleges in the order of your preference. Different colleges have different general education requirements, so what college you get accepted to is somewhat important. I didn't get the college I wanted and I was put in my 4th or 5th choice (ERC). ERC's GE had way too many classes involving history, reading and research paper (MMW 1,2,3,4,5 & 6), so I did not like my college. I am not familiar with life in the dorms since I was always a commuter; however, based on what I heard from my friends, they seemed to enjoy it (I had one friend who didn't like it and ended up moving out of the dorms after one year). Since the campus is big, if you take back to back classes and the classrooms are located on the opposite ends, 10 minutes in between classes might not be enough time to get to your next class, so it is important to check the location of your classes when you sign up for classes. I majored in Management Science and minored in Mathematics and pursued a career in accounting in hopes of becoming a CPA. Management Science is a very broad major with classes mostly dealing with economics, business and econometrics. While I was there, UCSD only had 1 accounting class and didn't offer major/minor of accounting, but it seems like they added a minor in accounting, so my guess would be that they offer more accounting classes now than when I was there. Although UCSD itself is a very good school, it might not be ideal for students wishing to pursue a career in accounting. I also ended up getting an Accounting Certificate at UCSD Extension, which is a different system/school from UCSD, to obtain knowledge in the accounting field and to satisfy the requirement to sit for the CPA Exam.