University of California-San Diego Reviews
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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.
I'm satisfied from the many career opportunities the university gave me. All the professors prepared me for the future, and helped me to achieve my goals. Moreover, they were always willing and available to clarify my doubts, or to help me in the assignements. The laboratory works are enjoyable and made me a more knowledgeable person.
UCSD is well renowned for its competitiveness, rigor, and prestige. It offers a lot of opportunities in terms of jobs, internships, volunteering, student organizations, etc. However, the class sizes can get extremely large, and everything is really expensive. The student body is lacking in diversity.
The University of California, San Diego is a great place to attend for undergraduate studies. The school is located in a beautiful part of San Diego and offers many things to do around the city. UCSD was a wonderful place to study biology and other sciences. They have excellent professors who are intelligent, well-known, have great research backgrounds, and can give you a great education and opportunities as a student. The opportunities are there for students to obtain internships, help with research in biology labs, and network with people in the field. The class sizes are very large for most science classes, with an average of 300 students to one professor. However, there are separate discussion classes with 15-20 students led by a graduate student in addition to main lectures. This was an effective way of learning in both a large setting and personalized setting. The variety of classes available and hands-on access we had in our classes was wonderful. I would highly recommend going to UCSD for undergraduate studies. It is an academically challenging school, but well worth the effort to have a great education.
UC San Diego is a public university with excellent research programs and sustainability goals. The university has a strong Health system and is research-oriented. Diversity is growing among the student body and with the staff, but there is always room for improvement. While the studies and academics are constantly evolving and improving, the social atmosphere of the school suffers. It is important to join many clubs, interest groups and programs in order to grow your network and build your connections. Sports are also improving. Earlier this year, students of UC San Diego voted in support of the athletics program becoming Division I. This will greatly benefit the Basketball teams and other teams and will put a new spotlight on the campus. Additionally, UC San Diego has a strong LGBT community and provides resources for the LGBT community at the LGBT Resource Center, as well as a Women's Resource Center, Raza Resource Center and Black Student Union Center. Overall, UC San Diego is an ever-evolving campus with a lot of potential to keep developing its programs, resources and diversity.
UC San Diego is a very safe but conservative campus. Majority of the student population is Asian and white. The campus is on on one of the richest part of California and home to the only nude beach in California. It is a beautiful campus with a lot to offer. Students need to make the most of it and connect with caring faculty to inspire change.
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.