University of California, San Diego Visit Report by powayparent
Information Session: Yes - We went for a 10 a.m. tour. It began with a 30-minute information session, followed by a 90-minute tour. I did not learn anything in the information session that is not on their website.
Campus Tour: Yes - The guide walked us around campus, showing us the central area, library, and the six colleges. We did not go into any buildings. It helped us to see that the campus is not as huge as it seems.
Classroom Visit: Yes - We attended a class in a large lecture hall (200 students). The teacher provides a Powerpoint presentation as opposed to a lecture, does not answer questions. The real teaching is done in TA sessions.
Campus Visit Notes for University of California, San Diego
Allow plenty of time to get to the tour. If you go during the weekday, you have to park at the UCSD Medical Center, pay for parking ($8 for a full day), and then take a shuttle to the main campus. The shuttle worked out fine and the driver was helpful. When you get dropped off, follow the website directions to the Triton Center. Just know that it is set at the back of a very large building that is locked and has no signage. This is the back of a Multipurpose room. I wish I had brought a campus map. Between the other visitors who were wandering around, we managed to find the Triton Center. The tour commences with an information session. I would skip it unless you do not know anything about the university.
We ate at a dining hall to see what the daily food was like. We also sat in on a large lecture hall to see how it felt. This was time well-spent because it gave us a better feel for the campus.
The campus is split into six colleges, which helps to make it feel smaller. It is easy to get around for being such a large campus. A freshman might feel overwhelmed at first but would get comfortable pretty quickly, I think. The location within the city and the ease of getting around is a big plus. Overall, I think the school has much to offer students in terms of life experience, academics, and on-campus opportunities. The environment is impersonal though, so the student will need to be very independent.