Impressions Of
University of California, San Diego

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Reasons to attend and to not attend University of California, San Diego

To Attend

  • “It’s absolutely beautiful.”
  • “I’ve had really good professors and I feel like they do care about the undergraduate population. They want you to succeed and many of them are well established.”
  • “There are a lot of research opportunities if you’re interested in biology or chemistry.”
  • “The academic environment. Even though it’s a little bit competitive, people are supportive of what you want to do.”
  • “The professors are pretty good about being available to you. So, if you’re worried about being at a big college, you can still get the help that you need to thrive in your studies.”
  • “I really like that Greek life here is not that serious. It’s like a glorified club, so it’s a lot more open to other people. It’s very open-minded and not very demanding.”
  • “It’s a very diverse community.” [The undergraduate student population is about 20% Hispanic, 3% Black, 19% White, and 53% Asian.]

To Not Attend

  • “It’s primarily a STEM school, so if you’re not a STEM major and want rigorous programs in your field, maybe look at other places.” [In 2018, about 59% of students graduated with a major in a STEM field.]
  • “The social life is not going to throw itself at you, so if you’re somebody who can’t get themselves out of the house or get themselves to go out and make friends you won’t make many friends. It’s not a good place for people who want to be social but are not already.”
  • “Going here, you will always be in the shadow of Berkeley and UCLA.”
  • “The on-campus housing is not the best.” [See The Triton article, “UCSD Needs to Address Its Housing Crisis” and article, “Planning for Failure: How UCSD Created the Housing Crisis.”]
  • “UCSD is very researched-based, so there’s a lot of teaching yourself and reading the textbook. In my opinion, your professors could be a little more help. If you’re coming here, be prepared to teach yourself a lot and not rely on others.”
  • “We’ve had a large number of people that the chancellor has been admitting, which makes the school very busy. We have a huge undergraduate population but not necessarily enough housing to put everyone in there.” [There has been a 22% increase in enrollment since 2014.]
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June 5, 2023

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