Pros: Decent science/engineering programs, sunny weather, beach
Cons: Abysmal social scene, repugnant student body, boring majors outside of sciences, no school spirit/good sports, commuter school, ugly campus, inferiority complex.
If you just wanna study and get a degree, go here. if you want four traditional years of college, go elsewhere.
"Oh, you mean UCLJ? If only your geography program was as strong as your bioengineering."
UCSD was named the “hottest” institution in the nation for students to study science by Newsweek and the 2006 Kaplan/Newsweek College Guide. Overlap schools among admits include UCLA, UC Berkeley, Cal Poly, and Stanford.
UCSD ranks 6th in the nation in National Academy of Sciences membership.
(The top ten, in rank order,
are: Harvard, UC Berkeley, Stanford, MIT, Yale, UCSD, CalTech, Princeton, Cornell, Chicago.)
U.S. News and World Report ranks UCSD 32 nd among the nation’s top 50 universities.
UCSD was ranked the 6th best university in the nation by the Washington Monthly’s 2005 College Guide, based on the positive impact the university has had on the country.
The Journal for Foreign Policy ranked UCSD 9th in the nation for international relations studies and 10th for international public policy studies.
The National Research Council ranks UCSD 10th in the nation in the quality of its faculty and graduate programs. (The top ten, in rank order, are: UC Berkeley, MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, CalTech, Yale, Chicago, Cornell, UCSD). The NRC ranks oceanography and neurosciences 1st in the nation.
Kiplinger's Personal Finance ranks UCSD 11th nationally for "First-Class Education at Bargain Prices". UCSD outranks UC Berkeley and UCLA in this ranking of the top 100 values in public colleges. The Princeton Review 2007 edition of America’s Best Value Colleges also lists UCSD among 150 “best values.
The 2005 Academic Rankings of World Universities conducted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China ranked UCSD 13th internationally.
UCSD has established itself very well within its young age of under 50 years.
Like most things, UCSD is what you make of it. If you put in a little more effort and have access to a car, you can have fun and get a great education at the same time.
" I go to UCSD."
" At UCSD I partied my ass off and still graduated in four years."
"I thought everyone at UCSD were pansy-ass nerds from suburbia, but I met some chill people smoking out on the cliffs."
"I saw my professor naked on the far side of Blacks Beach."
UCSD Pros: One block from the ocean and great surf. La Jolla location (nicest part of SD). Close to Mexico. Just as good as Berkeley or UCLA in terms of academics. Easy-going feel to campus. Very good career prospects for those in the sciences. Sends more people to graduate school than any other school in the country. SUNGOD. At SunGod you will have more fun in a single day than you will have in an entire year at Berkeley or UCLA.
UCSD Cons: Lack of name recognition. On the East Coast people get us confused with the special education kids at SDSU or USD. Generally unattractive student body, but it's the same way at UCLA or Berkeley. All three are full of overachieving nerds. No D-1 sports program. No frat row, although 10% at UCSD are Greek. Quiet campus on weekends, because everyone goes to Pacific Beach, Mexico or house parties.
Overall Rating: A-. All UCSD needs is a D-1 sports program, and they're working on it. If you get involved in Greek life, sports or surf club at UCSD, it will be as much, or more, fun as any UC campus.