University of California, San Diego Visit Report by jk_91
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 Visit Notes for University of California, San Diego
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.