University of California, San Diego Visit Report by jk_91

Visit to University of California, San Diego in July 2008 by jk_91
(Student, HS Class of 2009)
(Member since October 18 2018 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Information Session: Yes - They showed us a short movie on the history of UCSD and how great its reputation is as one of the top public schools in the country, especially in the sciences.

Campus Tour: Yes - The room of visitors were split up into about five groups, each headed by a tour guide. The tour lasted around 2 hours and we got to see just about all of the important places on campus.

Classroom Visit: Yes - We got to visit one lecture halls which could hold about 200 students. The room itself felt a little small for the amount of students it could hold.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
The students seemed very laid back and happily answered any questions that we had, even when we were just asking around for directions.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Our tour guide was very helpful and courteous; she made sure to answer all of our questions and did her best to make UCSD seem like a fun school.



Appearance of Campus:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair
The campus itself isn't really special at all. You can tell that they worked hard to make it unique with the upside down pyramid library and the singing trees, but it's all just kinda bland.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair
A lot of the buildings are very old and were built when the campus first opened in the 60s. They are currently undergoing construction to remodel parts of the campus.



Dormitories:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair
We didn't actually get to visit the dorms, but we were told that freshmen are put into suites their first year and you're forced to find off-campus housing after your sophomore year.



Security/Safety:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
La Jolla is a very nice place and according to our tour guide, is one of the safest cities in America. I don't know if this is true, but it is definitely set in a nice and safe area.



Overall Campus Impression:
3 - Good
3 - Good
It's right near the beach which is a HUGE plus. Because of this, the campus gets this fresh and cool breeze throughout the day. It's a very welcoming change from where I live.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Again, it's right next to the beach, so what's not to like? There is, however, quite a lot of traffic around the immediate campus vicinity.



City/Town/Community:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
La Jolla is a nice little town in San Diego. I have no idea how the night life is, but it seems like a pretty cool place to hang around on the weekend.

Campus Visit Notes for University of California, San Diego


Visit Description:

I think it was a decent trip to drive down to San Diego to visit the campus. I had heard a lot about how bland the campus is, and, to an extent, that is somewhat true. However, you can not deny the fact that it is set in such a picturesque location. The only place I'd say that can compare so far is UC Santa Barbara, which practically sits on an island of its own. They are doing quite a bit of construction around campus, so they seem to be making improvements at least. The Price Center seemed like a very cool place to grab a bite and just hang out with friends in between classes (though I can't imagine how crowded it is during the regular quarter).

I'm not a very big fan of the six college system, but I think it's kinda cool that each college has its own yearly tradition (such as the watermelon drop for Revelle). It was kind of a shame that we couldn't really meet with a professor and ask questions, but I think the tour guide did a pretty good job of answering most of our questions. The tour guide and all the staff members we talked to were very cool and helpful.

I've heard about the poor social life at UCSD, and, quite frankly, I didn't really see that when I visited. It seems like there were always groups of people talking to each other and joking around. It doesn't exactly look like a party school, but I don't think I'd have any trouble meeting new people.

Overall, I can't say UCSD left the strongest impression on me, but it is a good school that will offer a topnotch education and a decent college experience.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

There are lots of places to bunk around the surrounding La Jolla area. We stayed at the Marriott, which was $149 for one night, but we didn't really have a choice as all the motels were booked.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

The Price Center in the UCSD campus has a decent variety of food. We didn't really explore the surrounding area too much, so we didn't come across a restaurant even though we were starving.

Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):

There was plenty of accesible parking and it only cost $3 for the three hours we were there. There is a shuttle bus that easily travels from the parking lot to Price Center in only a few minutes.