University of California-San Diego Reviews

3.65 out of 5 stars
(47 Reviews)
  • La Jolla (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $43,159
92% of 47 students said this degree improved their career prospects
98% of 47 students said they would recommend this school to others
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4.2 out of 5 stars
Melissa Quiroz - 1/9/2018
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Jasmine Schnall - 12/26/2017
Degree: Clinical Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
3.8 out of 5 stars
Caitlin Lee - 12/22/2017
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
"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)!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Kirin - 12/12/2017
Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Jennifer Abarca - 12/11/2017
Degree: Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
2.8 out of 5 stars
AP - 7/9/2017
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
3.8 out of 5 stars
Alec - 5/1/2017
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2009
"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."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Serena C - 4/26/2017
Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
3.8 out of 5 stars
Michael Kelly - 3/27/2017
Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2009
"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."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Monica Krakora - 3/22/2017
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."