University of California, San Diego Visit Report by powayparent

Visit to University of California, San Diego in July 2019 by powayparent
(Member since July 16 2019 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:

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.


Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Everyone seems to be in their own world, keeping to themselves, probably because there are so many students. If you get their attention though, and ask for help, they are willing to do so.

Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
3 - Good
3 - Good
The Triton Center is hard to find, tucked away behind a building that had locked doors and appeared to be empty. Inside, they were helpful.

Appearance of Campus:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair
Much concrete, a little grass. A functional campus as opposed to being aesthetic. I don't know where students go to relax.

Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
3 - Good
3 - Good
We ate lunch at the Muir dining hall. The food looked bad (gummy pasta, thick soup, dry pizza), so we settled on pre-made sandwiches.

We did not see them.

Probably good since San Diego is a relatively safe city.

Overall Campus Impression:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair
For the tour, we had to park across campus and take a shuttle. Allow plenty of time to find the Triton Center. We saw other visitors who seemed equally lost. Bring a campus map; you'll need it.


Area Immediately Around Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
UCSD is located in La Jolla, which is beautiful and has everything from the beach to restaurants to shopping. It is on a bus line so easy to get around. Owning a car is not very practical at UCSD.

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Many things to do.

Campus Visit Notes for University of California, San Diego

Visit Description:

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.