Student & Graduate Reviews
Anonymous - 8/10/2015
Graduation Year: 2005
"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"
Anonymous - 7/27/2015
Graduation Year: 2007
"It was a great school to attend - can't beat the location and quality of education, especially if you are a California resident!"
International studies grad 2010 - 6/11/2015
Graduation Year: 2010
"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."
Microbiology grad 2007 - 6/11/2015
Graduation Year: 2007
"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?"
Happy&Punch - 5/26/2015
Graduation Year: 2009
"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."
justin - 5/19/2015
Degree: Performing Arts
"I'm so glad I went to UC San Diego! I made great friends and really learned a lot from my classes. I appreciated my theatre degree as it was a well-rounded theatre education - not specific to one area over another. The knowledge I received from my courses has really helped to shape my career. The only downside of the theatre degree is that the program did nothing to prepare students for leaving UC San Diego and entering the real world as working professionals. San Diego has a thriving theatre scene and I had no idea about any of it until after graduating and searching on my own. Hopefully this has changed since I graduated."