|1.||University of California San Diego|
Founded in 1960, the University of California-San Diego (widely known as UCSD)is a high-ranked public research university located in North County San Diego in the conservative community of La Jolla. UCSD puts much of its focus and funding into its research depts. and graduate schools. This is good in the sense that it has raised the university to number 32 in the country in only 46 years, but bad in that it leaves the undergrads without any grand sports events and frat row, like its sisters UCLA and Berkeley. UCSD has come to the very point of surpassing UCLA in academics, out ranking it in Engineering, Poli Sci, and Theatre amoung other things. Without a large waste of money on a football team, the campus is sadly decentralized and lacks a reason to come together. In the good ol' days, UCSD was so liberal, that in one instance a student lit himself on fire and died, to protest the Vietnam war. It is inevitable, that in time UCSD will surpass the outdated UCLA, because of its fast climb and focus solely on academics. More students are now choosing SD over LA as well as Berkeley.
I got into the three best UC's. Berkeley, LA, and San Diego. I could live in a foggy shithole, in a cloud of pollution, or by a ocean bluff...what did you THINK I'd choose?
University of California San Diego: THE SMARTER ONES (taken from a bumper sticker in the bookstore).
Typical UCSD weekend: A gust of wind through the eucalyptus tress and weird songs from the Singing Tree.
Typical UCSD party: One handle of vodka with 100 tomato-faced asians.
Another typical UCSD party: Bad ass memories of Tijuana and the fuckload of money lost at Barona.
|2.||University of California, Riverside|
One of the University of California that has recently ranked among the top schools in the country in terms of affordability for college tuition (#25, Best College Buys, Forbes Magazine). UC Riverside is also listed among U.S. News and World Report's Top Ten "Up and Coming" National Universities, meaning it is improving to become a better school than any other schools.
Henry: "Hey, what school do you go to?"
Kim: "University of California, Riverside!"
Henry: "Nice. I heard UCR is improving. UCR wasn't a great school back then."
|3.||University of California, Redemption|
UCR, or University of California, Riverside. In the 21st Century, UCR is less the school for UC Rejects, and more the campus of choice for many highly qualified applicants who may have gotten rejected by other, more selective UCs, but would have otherwise SMOKED college applications in other State Universities across the country.
I didn't get into the UCs of my choice this time, but despite busting my ass in high school, I'm thankful that I got into the University of California, Redemption!
|4.||University of Second Choice|
2) An incorrect nickname given to the USC, University of Southern California, by insecure UCLA students who don't want to admit that they're inferior.
I was accepted to both USC and UCLA, and gladly chose to attend USC.
UCLA was my university of second choice. An inferior safety school. Yuck.
|5.||University of Spoiled Children|
An outdated and cliched nickname for USC, the University of Southern California.
USC was formerly known as the University of Spoiled Children, but has vastly improved over the past few decades and is now a top ranked and diverse university.
|6.||University of Second Choice|
University of Southern California. Because a large amount of the student body wanted to attend other, more prestigious universities (especially UCLA) and instead had to settle for USC because of its lower academic standards.
I wanted to go to Stanford, Berkeley or UCLA, but I didn't get into any of those so I'll be attending the University of Second Choice.
|7.||University of Florida|
1) A decent school in Florida, a state which inflates its high school GPAs for the benefit of college ranking.
2) A place where students who have never left the state of Florida for some reason think their degrees are of the same merit as degrees from universities like UCLA, UC Berkeley, Stanford, Dartmouth, Yale, Harvard, Fordham, Virginia, etc., etc., etc...
3) The home of the Gator Nation.
"I've never left Florida, so as far as I'm concerned, UF is the best school in the U.S.A., or the world for that matter."
"Where did you attend school?"
"Really? I graduated from Columbia!. Where are you from?"
"University of Florida. Go gators; the south will rise again."
By the way, UF is ***NOT*** listed as "public ivy" either.
The original eight Public Ivies list by Moll (1985):2
College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, Virginia)
Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)
University of California6
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Texas at Austin
University of Vermont (Burlington)
University of Virginia (Charlottesville)