University of California-San Diego Reviews
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UC San Diego is a beautiful campus: spread out nicely, lush greenery, and ocean views. The faculty are all very knowledgable, and most in my experience are approachable and care about your education. The biology program/department at UCSD is world class, and houses one of the best medical schools in the world. One thing I would have to say the school lacks however, is school spirit. Compared to the other top UC's, UCSD has almost zero school pride. No attendance at sporting events, campus events are lackluster with little time or effort put in on the AS side. If you are looking for an academically strong school, with a beautiful location, but do not care whatsoever about having a social life or school pride, then UCSD is the place to be. I overall made amazing friends there and still had a blast, you just have to try harder than some other UC's in the system.
UCSD is a great school -- for engineers and researchers. Many of the classes are taught by research professors, who are very intelligent but they seemed to be distant from undergraduate students. Of course, this doesn't apply to all the professors at the school, but I felt like it was hard to approach them or keep up with them in lecture (especially if they started going on tangents). I do not regret choosing to go to this school. I just wished I wasn't one of the hundred of students sitting in a large lecture hall scrambling to take down notes while trying to comprehend the materials.
The Urban Studies and Planning program at UC San Diego offers a perfect mix of academic rigor and practical experience to prepare students for careers in the field of Urban Planning once they graduate. Students are required to complete internships and a Master's level thesis for the degree. Professors in the program are connected with employers and community organizations that can help with obtaining employment upon graduation. At the same time, all students in the program are introduced to the academic and theoretical debates within the field of Urban Studies. Another great feature about the program is that there is a mix of full-time faculty and adjunct professors who currently work in the field. So in the classroom students receive a strong mix of insight based upon professional as well as scholarly engagement with Urban Studies and Planning. Just be sure to identify professors you want to work with, and form good relationships with them.
Firstly, let's start with the campus and its location. It's a massive, sprawling campus that's heavily wooded and located as close to the beach as possible. All it takes is a quick hike down and you're transplanted to a beautiful, semi-secluded beach to study on. The campus, while huge, is definitely walkable but if you want to get somewhere fast, either take the shuttle or bring your skateboard or bicycle. The school perfectly marries new and old across its six colleges, so you get to experience classes in older buildings from the 60s with all their history, and also new buildings with their modern amenities and architecture. The class-sizes range from extremely large to as intimate as 10-15 people, but the teachers are adept enough to give attention to all students regardless of how large the class size is as long as you make an effort to participate. My professors were exceptionally well trained and I yearned to come to class to learn from them as they were truly experts in their fields and it showed. I can't speak for any other universities, but this one I recommend 100%. Do yourself a favor and attend this school! Both for the education, and its location in the beautiful county of San Diego.
UC San Diego is a great school to attend for many reasons. From location to diversity, UCSD has many opportunities to learn new things. Location of the campus is prime. Right by the beach, high up on the hills of La Jolla, CA, gives the scenery for the perfect sunset. UC San Diego offers a variety of outdoor opportunities to stay active. From bike trails, to hike trails, to the beach trails. UC San Diego also offers numerous club sports and intramural sports. Looking to get competitive or just stay active, UCSD has it all. Aside location and extracurriculars, UC San Diego offers excellent and rigorous academic programs. Some of the top research is conducted on campus or by faculty and student at UCSD.
I highly recommend other students to apply and enroll as a student at UC San Diego. It was a great experience for me. The professors are excellent, classes are well organized, and the campus community is friendly and inclusive. There are many opportunities to engage in extra-curricular activities or community service as well. For my specific degree, I highly recommend enrolling in the advanced psychology research methods courses since I attained a great amount of useful and applicable skills for grad school in this course.
University of California, San Diego, is undoubtedly a school filled with competent professors, driven students, and various opportunities for growth. In particular, I feel that students studying sciences (physical, life, etc.) have the greatest opportunities to do meaningful research, intern, and find work while also attending school. The campus is extremely large, and at times may make it a bit difficult to feel integrated with the rest of the school. However, the school offers students a variety of clubs and student organizations to join, in order to create their own communities within the large campus. While classes are indeed challenging, the quality of education is superb, and would be a great fit for any hardworking and goal-oriented student. Also, you can't beat the location (La Jolla)!
school system error causes students to not get graded and professors are tire of arguing and then give students a c-; all courses are trying to make money from students, not just textbooks. software, website for homework posting, they leave you no choice; they drop students classes by accident and not fix it right away. UCSD is not a college to prepare you for jobs after graduation. All of the courses teach you to do calculation with you pen and not computers where nobody is using pens nowadays, anywhere. They do not give you opportunity to learn about the real world rather than keep assigning you homework and students dont work with each other. lectures are useless, you can not go and still do the homework. homework you gotta google and study yourself by the way.
I was fortunate to have professors who simplified complex topics in a simplistic manner, and who chose textbooks that where great reading material. The knowlegde obtained has trickled down to my current students because not only is it applicable to real world situations, but I have grasped concepts taught so well. A great education is extremely important for an educator.
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.