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  • 06/08/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    37 out of 38 people found this review useful. 1 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    hardworking love san diego enjoy walking a lot like to get a tan small class sizes serious but fun students

    Tips for prospective students

    submit application early and FAFSA look into loans and apply for scholarships, USD can be affordable offer lots of financial aid options visit the school, get a tour sit in one of the classes, arrange it ahead of time with the office of admissions visit all the dorms, lots of options

    Bang for the buck

    really expensive but worth it

    Will enjoy being here

    Beautiful campus, great professors, nice students, and wonderful campus environment san diego in general is beautiful always something to do near beaches, sea world, balboa park, downtown, etc

    Will learn a lot

    great academics small class sizes will work with me (20-30) professors care about their students

  • 07/18/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 out of 18 people found this review useful. 2 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It is a great environment for students who work well in a smaller setting. If you prefer a small school USD will be a good fit. There is a religious aspect to the school but if you are not religious you will not feel pressured to participate.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and have fun! Do that and you'll be sure to have a great college experience.

    Bang for the buck

    It's no secret that USD is an expensive school but I feel its worth it. Just make sure you apply for every available scholarship.

    Am enjoying being here

    Life at USD is what you make it. If you want to enjoy yourself you need to go out and make it that way. Fun will not come to you, but the opportunity is not far away.

    Am learning a lot

    I enjoy the smaller class sizes and availability of professors outside of class.

  • 01/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 out of 18 people found this review useful. 3 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Surfer-dudes, likes to go the mall (Fashion and Mission Valley), student leaders, academically savvy students, confident and competent students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. The best way to be become a submersed college student is to meet as many people as you can, including professors. Get out of the dorm and feel the Sun--shorts and t-shirts in the Winter! As soon as you can find fun, your well on your way to a great time in college. Find a way to relax from your studies whether it may be going down to new student lounge (Frank's Lounge) or going to the club downtown, there are a number of opportunities to satisfy both your academic and social appetite.

    Bang for the buck

    Financial Aid will do their best to satisfy your financial needs. Submit your FAFSA application as soon as you can in order to promptly receive your carefully examined financial package. If there are issues with your package, or in need to request a revision, contact the Office of Financial Aid for assistance. I know I was happy with my financial reward.

    Am enjoying being here

    The USD campus is literally 5 - 10 minutes from everything; downtown, the beach, Fashion and Mission Valley, Sea World, and great Mexican food. Because USD attracts a diverse demographic, there are an array of students to connect with. Aside from off-campus activity, student affairs orchestrates numerous on-campus activities for students with limited transportation. But most importantly, who can't enjoy 70 degree weather all year round!

    Am learning a lot

    The University of San Diego offers an wide variety of opportunities to expand your academic interests. Ranging from an excellent student to professor ratio (1:15; no teacher assistants) to flexible professor office hours to academic clubs, student stress levels on campus are low leaving you study in a comfortable environment. Professors will always offer a hand to a knowledge hungry student!

  • 12/23/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 14 people found this review useful. 4 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Passionate, Energetic, Smart, Fit (the campus is full of fit people), Likes to know their professors at a personal level.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking at the University of San Diego, come look at it! It is an amazing campus. Make sure that you like the sun because San Diego definitely has that. Also if you like the beach San Diego is for you. Definitely begin looking at scholarships now though because the school does not come cheap. If you want a big school feel, San Diego is not for you but if you want a school with smaller classes but still the college feel not a high school feel. I have really enjoyed USD

    Bang for the buck

    So the school is pretty expensive but turn in your FAFSA and look into other scholarships you can apply for. The school helps students that need them, get jobs and if you get involved with clubs there are often scholarship opportunities through them too. The school is definitely worth the money. All the professors are experts in their field and the classrooms are great. The dorms are nice and the other faculties are above most universities. Overall I have loved my time at this school.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people at the University of San Diego are great. I would definitely say to live in the dorms because that is where you will meet a lot of people. I have found that everyone comes from different backgrounds and has cool experiences to share. The students in your classes can also become your great friends, because the classes are so small it is easy to connect with the other students. Also the campus is beautiful and the food is not bad at all!

    Am learning a lot

    I am a freshman who is a science major. The teachers in the science are so knowledge and very available to help every student. I also found my Calculus 2 teacher to be very helpful and found that class great. Overall I enjoyed all my teachers including the one from the English department too. The teachers usually will know your name before a month is over and helps you in anyway that they can.

  • 08/28/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 5 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hard-workers, organized, laid-back, social, creative.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and play hard! USD is not known for being a party school, but like anything in life, you make your own experiences. So if you like to party, you're sure to find plenty of people on campus who will party with you. And if you like to sit at home and study, there will be plenty of others who will sit and study with you. Just learn to manage your time well.

    Bang for the buck

    Even though it's expensive to go here, it's well worth it. There are great deals for studying abroad, as well, with so many places to choose from.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many extra curricular activities you can get involved in. And even if you're not involved in any club on campus, you will still have a great time at the events that the clubs have. And there are so many things to do off campus as well.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are all great and know what they are talking about. The professors will actually know your name by the end of the semester, and there are no aids teaching the classes. The classes are small and generally don't overwhelm you with work.

  • 12/28/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 6 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Happy Fun Loving Smart Energetic Wants a personal experience, and relationship with professors Likes the Beach Wants to meet a variety of people

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and play hard. You have to understand that in order to be able to do well you have to focus, however that does not mean that you cant still play! You have to be able to balance your time and do both. College is an amazing experience and it is what you make of it. Just be sure to remember that your there to get an education, but have fun along the way.

    Bang for the buck

    USD is extremely expensive, but worth every penny. As a student at USD I have so many different opportunities and resources available to me. There are experts for anything that you might need, the facilities are above and beyond anything that you could imagine and the staff is just as amazing! You just have to be sure to apply for scholarships and remember that it is a great privilege to be able to attend school there. Overall I would say that the experience of University San Diego is worth the price.

    Am enjoying being here

    The school itself is beautiful and the surrounding area is wonderful. There is always something to do or somewhere to go. The students are amazing, and I felt welcome right away. No matter what you like to do or what type of personality you have there is a place for you to fit in. I have met so many new people and really enjoy the fact that I am continuing to meet people every day. I love USD and would recommend it to anyone that is considering attending school there.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a current freshman at USD. The first semester is tough academically, but only because it is so different from high school. I have learned so much more that I would have ever thought possible. The average class size is about 20 to 35 students, but some have less. Every professor is more than willing to meet with you outside of class if you feel it necessary, and that is extremely helpful! The professors are very knowledgeable and know their subject field very well. I would say that overall the academics are very good!

  • 10/27/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 7 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Smart, out-going, relaxed. People here aren't overstressed about school, but academics are a main focus. Not a huge party school, but there are definitely parties. Plus, if that's what you're really looking for, SDSU isn't far away.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have volunteering on your resume.. that's huge here. Also have good academics. The kids here may be pretty, but they're also really smart.

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive, but the financial aid is really outstanding, so don't be afraid of the sticker price. Everyone I know has gotten very large scholarships from the school. I'm paying the same as my in-state tuition, actually!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it! Living in the dorms (Maher!) is great and the campus is BEAUTIFUL. San Diego is a great city. Can't even imagine moving back home.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm taking 5 Gen Ed Class (There's a ton required, so be prepared for that!) and they are challenging, but I don't feel like I'm flailing either!

  • 03/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 8 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very responsive!

    Greek Life

    multiple social fraternities and sororities. 2 professional business fraternities and the list goes on!

    Clubs and Activities

    there are clubs and organizations for anything you want, and if there isn't, you are encouraged to start one!

    Great for these types of students

    people who love the beach!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the reflection pool behind the institute for peace and justice is enormously popular with students and locals.

    Bang for the buck

    this might have rated lower if not for the economy. students at state schools are stuck dealing with impacted majors and taking nonsense classes to maintain full time status. for many students here, it is worth the more expensive tuition to graduate within 4 years.

    What to do for fun

    it's san diego! we have zoos, clubs, beaches, theme parks and great weather all year round!

    Food and Dining

    the food is great, just be prepared to eat off-campus so you don't get burnt out by the repetition!

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life varies, based entirely upon which hall you find yourself in.

    Academic Rigor

    the challenge of academia varies based on your major. naturally, science and math-based majors are more difficult. the liberal arts offerings are extensive and worth considering!

    Tips for prospective students

    consider greek life. it's a great way to meet new people, network and get books and other materials for cheap!

    In three sentences

    this school offers a diverse curriculum. studying abroad is heavily encouraged, and mandatory for multiple majors. the professors want you to succeed, you need only ask!

  • 10/17/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 9 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Focused, hardworking, academically serious students who want to live right in the center of everything and who are able to balance a full social life with a demanding academic life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Please, please, please APPLY EARLY. Turn in your application before the first deadline, even if you think you won't recieve or qualify for scholarships. USD is great about giving aid, and the earlier you apply, the more there is. Make sure you complete the FAFSA too! Take a tour, and make sure you visit at least one student dorm. If you can, try to visit them all on your own time, it really helps to see all the different types of living arrangements.

    Bang for the buck

    USD is a great choice right now, especially if the university ends up offering you financial aid. UC and CSU students are having troubles with the budget and difficulties getting classes. Since USD is a private school, we only have some minor difficulties. I have never had problems getting a class I needed. And the university does free things for students all the time! Movie Nights, Apple Festivals, Free Fo-yo, there's always something to do.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love living at USD. As a freshmen, I am living in the Maher dorms and have met so many great people! There is always something to do and there are so many great opportunites to take advantage of.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes and the material is hard, but only because you are being pushed to be better and learn more. USD has a very rigorous learning environment, which makes it necessary to keep on top of things.

  • 12/23/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 10 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This is typical Southern California beach university, so the SoCal trendy thing is pretty popular. Great for ROTC guys and girls, and also for people studying business and liberal arts.

    Tips for prospective students

    It you have decent grades this school will not be a problem to get into; I recommend the Valley for housing. Also, don't be swayed by this being a religious school, because even though they emphasize it it doesn't really matter what you believe in.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm personally on a scholarship, but I do see how expensive it is for other people and feel as though it could be a little cheaper.

    Am enjoying being here

    This is the best choice I ever made. You can find any type of person at USD so it is not hard to find your own niche. The city of San Diego is awesome as well, and sometimes its so awesome you spend more time at the beach than in the books.

    Am learning a lot

    Great professors, small classes, and great study environment if you go looking for it. The core can be fun and interesting and once you get past that into what you want to major in they only get better.

  • 07/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 11 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that know how to manage their time wisely, and study efficiently. Also good for those that want to have a great time, but also earn a solid education and a great-looking degree. Lastly, the business program becomes more and more prestigious every year, so if you are interested in that area, all the better.

    Tips for prospective students

    Like with any other school, you get out what you put into it. It pays to be outgoing, especially the first few weeks, or even days of school, because that is when you meet the most new people and begin to get connected and create your identity at school. Also, the courses are tough, but if you put the time in to go to class and study, you should be fine; do not get caught up in all the freedom. Lastly, don't forget to live a little. These are often called, the best years of your life, and don't be afraid to fulfill this self-fulfilling prophecy.

    Bang for the buck

    It sure does come with a pretty hefty price tag, but the experience and education one can receive at USD is worth it. Being able to get the classes you need to graduate in 4 years, with teachers that are always there to help is one of the incredible things about the school. Furthermore, the counselors make sure you are on the right track to getting where you want to be. Another tremendous thing about the school is the opportunities it offers both from being in San Diego, and the great alumni association. For instance, I am majoring in business administration, and by the time I graduate, I will, with the help of my team, have to make a business model and present it to a board of alumni, investors, and business owners. If they like it, they may sponsor me to start my idea immediately.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is very small, leading to a relatively easy time to meet people, because you run into each other pretty often. This helps tremendously, especially in the beginning of freshman year in meeting all your new friends. The universities athletic events could use some more fans, and the students that don't go are missing out on the exciting atmosphere. San Diego is filled with fun with numerous beaches, the downtown area, and places for athletic events, that all lead to a great time.

    Am learning a lot

    Most of the teachers are phenomenal,but I find most students report that their math classes are difficult, due to some teachers not being able to relay the information effectively. They are geniuses, but this seems to be a common theme in the math department. The teachers are there to help you succeed, and are required to have office hours, where you can come to them with any questions or guidance you may need.

  • 04/04/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 5 people found this review useful. 12 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Will enjoy being here

    It is such a beautiful school! I fell in love with it the first time I saw it. I am determined to get into this amazing school.

  • 06/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    You should be hard working and flexible. You should enjoy walking (there are quite a few hills). Passionate about what you love and have the energy to match.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to everything and everyone. Friends can come in unlikely places. Go to office hours the professors want to help you and it could just save your grade. Visit the campus before making your decision and ask a lot of questions before making your final decision.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is expensive but scholarships are available. There are ways to make things work. It is also totally worth it!

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many things to do both on and off campus. There are never really any dull moments.

    Am learning a lot

    The class sizes are small, so the professors are able to give you the attention that you need during class. Between office hours and outside appointments the professors are available when it works with your schedule.

  • 08/03/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hard working individuals who are outgoing and love to network. In order to be successful at this university, you must learn to balance plenty of extracurricular activities with your studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in many student organizations in your freshmen year. If you're struggling in a class, don't be afraid to go to that teacher's office hours. Because of small classes you will receive one-on-one help from faculty, not a teacher's assistant. This is not a school for the shy or reserved student.

    Bang for the buck

    USD is a beautiful campus with opportunities for research, internships, on-campus jobs, volunteer work, and where you can build close relationships with faculty. They are quite generous when it comes to aiding students with financial aid.

    Did enjoy being here

    While I did enjoy the people I met here during my freshmen year , this school did not fulfill any of my other aspirations. I would have liked to see everyone work together as a community and accept others with different backgrounds than their own, like UCLA or USC. I transferred after my first year.

    Did learn a lot

    University of San Diego's academic curriculum will definitely teach you how to study extensively and out of the box.

  • 12/28/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for not only academics but a nice environment as well. In a great part of San Diego with plenty of opportunities outside of the school as well.

    Bang for the buck

    School is pricey, but that can be expected for a private, religious, university. Would relish the opportunity to attend, if I am able to afford.

    Will enjoy being here

    Campus is inviting and very beautiful. Is near a party-scene area but does not have a party-school feel. Most students are welcoming and accommodating but not over-friendly

    Will learn a lot

    School seems to be challenging. Students that I have met are very intelligent and well-spoken

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very secure campus that is well-isolated from the surrounding community. 24/7 full-time profession office of public safety as well.

    Greek Life

    greek life is a major part of the campus atmosphere, although non-greek students see it as an excuse to buy friends and to drink.

    Clubs and Activities

    intramurals are fun, and university ministry offers a lot of service and outreach work on this catholic campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    none.

    Bang for the buck

    tuition is $50000+. hard to get good bang for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    enjoy san diego: the beach, downtown, the mountains, balboa park. there's plenty to do...

    Food and Dining

    the food at the main dining location (slp) gets redundant. the smaller lunch locations are good but are very expensive.

    Dorm Life

    standard dorm atmosphere, although apartments are available to sophomores and up.

    Academic Rigor

    surprisingly rigorous depending on your course of study. the science department is very solid, and the political science and history departments are emerging as well. the communication studies program is known to be exceptionally easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you're coming in from out of state, be aware of the culture shock factor. if you're from anywhere else, be prepared to have things operate radically different from the way you've grown up. no meetings start on time out here...

    In three sentences

    a quality small-school atmosphere with surprisingly rigorous classes. the students are typically from southern california, which makes most slow and rude, but if you find a few you like then it's a good place to be.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This school is incredibly safe, with only two entrances to campus and an ever vigilant Public Safety.

    Greek Life

    The University of San Diego has few sororities and fraternities, but the Greek Life it has involves an incredibly friendly and close-knit community.

    Clubs and Activities

    This school offers a variety of clubs, as well as an easy application process to create new clubs. In addition, there are always events and activities that occur during the semester, such as outdoor movies and strawberry festivals.

    Bang for the buck

    The school and location is definitely worth the tuition.

    What to do for fun

    There are many opportunities for fun in San Diego, where the sun shines and the temperature is perfect! You could take advantage of the University of San Diego's Outdoor Adventures, with outdoor rock climbing and moonlit kayaking trips. Also, you could trek along San Diego's many hiking trails and along San Diego's beaches or bike along the hundreds of miles of scenic bicycle paths.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious! The University of San Diego attempts to give as many healthy and organic options to students as possible and, thus, the food is always fresh. In addition, there are many cuisines available in the Student Life Pavilion, which serves as the main cafeteria. The school also serves freshly-made gelato in Tu Mercado, fine dining opportunities at La Gran Terraza, excellent sandwiches at La Paloma, scrumptious sushi and sumptuous steaks at Bert's Bistro, and yummy meals from the school's dining truck. The desserts are absolutely delightful as well!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are easy to live-in and comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    The smaller class sizes allow for the professors to ask more in-depth questions during the exams.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy the school and take advantage of all of the opportunities this small school has to offer. For those interested in research, there are many professors open to training new research assistants and advising students on their own research projects. The business school also helps students apply to excellent internships both in this country and abroad. In addition, try to stay on top of all of your financial aid paperwork and the school may grant you better financial aid packages that help relieve the burden of the heavy tuition. Another suggestion, study abroad for at least a few weeks. The University of San Diego has an excellent study abroad program and affordable programs.

    In three sentences

    The University of San Diego has an absolutely gorgeous campus that values creativity and service. The classes offered are incredibly interesting and diverse, while the class sizes are small. The professors are friendly and they give every student the time and help needed.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    USD has a full time staff of Public Safety officers that are constantly patrolling the campus. USD stresses the need of good security and I have never felt unsafe on the campus.

    Greek Life

    USD is not a school that revolves around Greek Life. Sororities are bigger than Fraternities on Campus, and there are no frat houses or sorority houses located on campus. If it is your thing, it is definitely avaliable, just not as large as other universities.

    Clubs and Activities

    On and off campus clubs at USD are very diverse, but not a huge part of college life. USD will support and allow almost any student generated group and activity, which is also a plus.

    Great for these types of students

    Anywhere from the California Beach Bum to the Chemistry major book smart academic, USD seems to fit almost any type of student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Whether its lounging at the USD pool, enjoying some of our NCAA Division 1 Athletics, or going to see the Dalai Lama in our Basketball Stadium, USD always seems to keep it interesting.

    Bang for the buck

    USD is a great school in a great location, where you can receive an education that measures up to some Ivy League Colleges. Thus saying, the tuition at USD reflects that. Be ready with your pocketbooks or financial aid forms to attend this university.

    What to do for fun

    USD is located in the middle of San Diego, minutes away from the beach, minutes away from Sea World theme park, and downtown San Diego. Whether its surfing, barhopping in Mission Beach, enjoying the clubs in downtown San Diego, or relaxing at one of the many resorts, San Diego is the place to be.

    Food and Dining

    Of all the colleges I have visited and eaten at, USD's Dining takes the cake. To custom made sushi at Bert's Bistro, to the 7 different genres of food at the main dining hall, the food may be a little pricey, but you will not be dissapointed.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on what dorm you live in, On-Campus housing is exactly what you make of it. It is a great way for new students to make friends and it is amazing to live on one of the most beautiful campuses around. Don't expect too much partying on campus, USD is a dry (alcohol free) campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on which major is chosen, courses at the University of San Diego are challenging, but the teachers are mostly qualified and willing to work with you.

    Tips for prospective students

    The University of San Diego is a challenging yet supportive school. Be ready to work, try to get as many scholarships as you can, and be ready to manage your time at USD. San Diego is very fun and busy city, so be ready to work hard as well as play hard.

    In three sentences

    The University of San Diego is a great place for anyone looking to further their education. USD is located in the bustling business hub of San Diego, providing many opportunities that other colleges cannot. Whether it's the #2 ranked on Most Beautiful Campuses in the US, the #1 ranked Study Abroad Programs, or the strong Business, Law, and Poly Sci programs, USD is a great place to be.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 19 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security is tight, weirdos are always put out.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is the main way to social living, there are no Greek houses though.

    Clubs and Activities

    You can find something to get involved with. There is so much, and if you can't you can start your own club.

    Great for these types of students

    Studious Outgoing Confident Hard-working

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In Maher there is a seal that no one steps on, its said to be haunted. When people drop silverware or plates in the SLP, everyone claps (its embarassing).

    Bang for the buck

    You won't be disappointed, its CA. The campus, people, and student life is inviting.

    What to do for fun

    Campus functions are fun, but no one really goes to games unless we are playing rivals. Greek life is to avenue to fun, and for parties you will probably be at the beach. We have a dry campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food options are nice. The food is healthy and good tasting. The main dining hall makes almost everything in-front of your face.

    Dorm Life

    Pretty campus, and awesome food. The food is healthy, no worries on gaining the freshman 15. The dorms are nice, the school is beautiful.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be intense, but if you get in; your probably smart enough to handle it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its a small campus and the social life can be condensed. The school work is challenging and once you finish a class you will be very educated on the topic.

    In three sentences

    The school is beautiful along with the people. The professors are very helpful and strive for your success. Once you get rotted into the place, it feels like home.

  • 10/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is interested in finishing in 4.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus, apply early.

    Bang for the buck

    The school offers many scholarships.

    Am enjoying being here

    Will a small school I've gotten to meet many friends and it has a Family feel. Also the campus is beautiful with ocean views from many classrooms!

    Am learning a lot

    Great school, with small class sizes will learn a lot and get to know your professors.

  • 11/05/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who are looking for an education of a lifetime while having fun!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do a lot of research before you choose the college you want to go to!

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth the price!

    Will enjoy being here

    San Diego is full of fun things to do!

    Will learn a lot

    One of the top schools in the United States so will most likely learn a lot.

  • 12/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, motivated, hard-working students

    Tips for prospective students

    Become friends with your professors

  • 12/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Smart, attractive, spirited, well-rounded people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its a wonderful school. Before choosing USD, know if you can handle having the beach that close and still go to class (: If you're really smart, apply for the Honors program. The classes are a bit of a challenge, but totally worth it because of the in depthness with which you cover materials.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a little pricey, but mostly totally worth the cost.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is a wonderful school, its an absolutely beautiful campus, the food is delightful, my dorm wasn't gross or too small when I moved it, and all the faculty and staff are good people.

    Am learning a lot

    The small class size makes learning super easy and allows for the professors to help you one on one if need be.

  • 12/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour. Talk to people who are attending. Get different opinions. Great school.

    Bang for the buck

    Really expensive school. But paying for small class sizes and personable teachers and a great education.

    Am enjoying being here

    LOVE SAN DIEGO. Beautiful town. Beautiful weather. Amazing campus.

    Am learning a lot

    The class sizes are great and the help from the teachers is tremendous. Difficult classes but not impossible. Incredible amounts of knowledge.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Very expensive, but will hopefully be worth it in the long run. Hard to say because I am still studying and have no other college experience to compare it to

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being here very much, the environment is very good for learning, and San Diego is one of the most fun cities in the US!

    Am learning a lot

    Good professors who really know what they are teaching. The down fall is that all are more passionate teaching their upper division classes, which leaves required lower divisions dull and boring.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have public safety on duty 24/7 and I always felt extremely safe on campus, even in the middle of the night.

    Greek Life

    Greek life here is completely different than the typical Greek life. First off, we don't have houses. I do like the fact that the sororities/fraternities can do activities together, there isn't really a sense of competitiveness.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for everything. And if you don't find what you're looking for, you can make your club very easily. Intramural sports are very popular at USD and a good way to take a break from school. If you're into music, theater, politics, cooking, languages, diversity, sports, community service, you will easily find a club.

    Great for these types of students

    Fit Outgoing Somewhat studious Likes the sun Gets involved However, like I mentioned before, I think any student can find a place at USD through clubs and activities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The garden behind the IPJ is absolutely beautiful. During finals, there is usually a flash mob in the library at least once. Finals week is a stressful one, but we also have therapy dogs, late night breakfast, a Torero TuGO truck in front of the library and lots of support. Door decorating is very popular in the freshman dorms.

    Bang for the buck

    USD is very expensive, as are all private schools. Small class sizes, the student-professor relationship and everything else it has to offer makes it worth it. FInancial aid does its best to help and there are many scholarship opportunities for students who look for them.

    What to do for fun

    San Diego= Beach. The weather here is perfect throughout the year. If you go to Mission Beach on the weekends, more likely than not, you will see other students from USD there. There are also a few hiking spots in San Diego. Eating out is also great. Downtown San Diego has some nice places. Shopping isn't a problem, since there are two malls located very close to the school. On campus, there are usually events throughout the year.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. Sushi, hamburgers, chinese food, mexican food, pasta, they have it all. The only complaint I have is the repetition. For dinner, we had to go to the same place and it always has the same options, so it is easy to get tired of it.

    Dorm Life

    For freshman housing, the experience depends entirely on the dorm you have. I lived in Founders my freshman year, and if you have read other reviews, you may think that Founders is horrible. It is even sometimes called the Virgin Vault. I would have to disagree. I liked founders, we had a nice community and just as much fun. Maher is also a nice dorm, but it is harder to meet people and create community there. The Valley is a very nice community and my friends who lived there really enjoyed it. They didn't have the advantage of rolling out of bed for class, but they did enjoy being away from the main campus. Overall, I had a good experience in the dorms. If you want a room change, the process is so simply and that is also a plus.

    Academic Rigor

    Coming from a public high school, I'd say that USD is rigorous. However, it is easy to have a balanced schedule in which some classes demand more study time than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus & you'll get a feel for the school. Take your major into consideration before choosing USD. If you are a business major, USD is great, but for music I wouldn't recommend it. Get involved your first semester, this is a great way to meet a lot of people. Find people who are like you, don't try to be someone else.

    In three sentences

    Despite its high school feel, I like USD. Most of the professors are very helpful and some classes can be academically challenging. I think there is a place for everyone on this campus, but the school isn't as diverse as it advertises itself to be.

  • 05/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never once felt in danger on this campus!

    Greek Life

    Greek Life has a really strong presence on campus. For those who are not involved, it can sometimes feel alienating.

    What to do for fun

    There are activities offered every week on campus, but the beach, Sea World, and other various activities are nearby.

    Food and Dining

    As far as food goes, it could be a lot worse. Aromas has great coffee, and the SLP has amazing grilled cheese sandwiches.

    Dorm Life

    I have not actually lived on campus, but everyone I know who does live on campus has only good things to say about it!

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are not hard, but you have to be willing to work for your grades. If you let other activities get in the way or get absorbed in Greek Life, you may find it challenging to stay on top of studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to apply if you are not Catholic, or even religious. While there is a religious presence on campus, it is not over-whelming or mandatory. Also, make sure you find your niche when you get there, and college will be a blast. Never be afraid to ask questions, for almost everyone on campus is willing to help! The Greek presence is really strong at USD, so if you are not that interested in joining a fraternity of sorority, it is something to consider.

    In three sentences

    The University of San Diego is an absolutely breath-taking campus, with spectacular views, many activities to do, and of course, the beach. The professors are willing to work hard if are, and the students are generally considerate. I live off-campus and have never lived on campus, so that is one experience I cannot comment on.

  • 01/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    become involved in our campus life and go to games, events, etc. put on by our torero program board. off campus there are many places to explore such as the mission beach, san diego zoo, sea world, the old globe, and various other attractive sites throughout the city.

    Food and Dining

    unbelievable dining places compared to many college campus throughout california.

    Dorm Life

    unlike many universities, we provide housing for all levels of students from freshmen to graduates. each dorm is very unique and also beautifully designed.

    Academic Rigor

    each academic program is designed to work for the student because we are given smaller class sizes than average schools and therefore are given the higher opportunity to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    take advantage of the offered office hours if you attend this university; the professors are there just for you. become involved in every and all organizations that appeal to your interests. we are positioned right in the heart of san diego so take the opportunity and explore the great community around us.

    In three sentences

    the campus is absolutely beautiful physically which makes you grateful and in awe to be a student. the faculty and programs at usd are phenomenal because each student receives quality advise towards their own interests and outcomes. the campus environment is very relaxed and creates an essence that does not stress a person in any aspect.

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very safe campus with lots of security and cameras

    Greek Life

    there are fraternities and sororities but fraternity or sorority housing is not available.

    Great for these types of students

    great for high achieving students who want to graduate from a reputable institution with a diverse knowledge base. also great for those wanting to study abroad as a high percentage of students do take advantage.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the immaculata is the church on campus and it is beautiful!

    Bang for the buck

    usd has much to offer but the price of tuition makes it tough to give it higher marks. at $55,000 + for tuition, room and board and other fees, it's pretty steep and not affordable for most unless you receive scholarships, grants or other money to offset the cost.

    What to do for fun

    the beach in the summer is a given. there are also other activities, including the san diego zoo, wild animal park, sea world, balboa park with museums, water sports and if you're on a budget...just going out to eat.

    Food and Dining

    the food and dining is supposed to be some of the best in the country.

    Dorm Life

    dorms are ok. it's less expensive to live off campus but living on campus has many conveniences. parking can be a challenge if you live off campus as there seems to be outside conferences held on campus frequently, limiting parking.

    Academic Rigor

    since classes are taught by professors, classes are pretty rigorous and challenging

    Tips for prospective students

    this is not really a party school if that's what you're looking for. be sure you are willing to take on debt if you can't afford to pay outright. the average gpa for acceptance is upward of 3.9. there is a lot to do in san diego.

    In three sentences

    the classes are small and the campus is beautiful but the tuition is very high (over $19,000/semester) with limited financial aid. classes are taught by professors who are tough but willing to help. large number of students participate in study abroad.

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    it's average as far as universities go, but they're getting better.

    Greek Life

    there definitely is one.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are many. it's for you to check out.

    Great for these types of students

    usd is great for those that want a good education, travel opportunities and a chance to work with a caring staff.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    i wouldn't know; i'm a graduate student.

    Bang for the buck

    participate; don't stand in the shadows.

    What to do for fun

    it's san diego! there is old town, balboa, the beach and more.

    Food and Dining

    it's above average as far as cafeteria food goes.

    Dorm Life

    i have no clue because i live off campus

    Academic Rigor

    it's a high caliber educational institution.

    Tips for prospective students

    stay in communication with student accounts, department chairs within your major department, and with you student adviser. there are plenty of opportunities there as long as you participate and get to know the staff around you.

    In three sentences

    usd is one of a few college in the u.s. that provides a highly enriching curriculum that also includes global exploration and participation. though it is still in an infancy stage of doing so, usd pushes itself to cater to a diversity of students and as such, strives to reach such a level of diversity on campus as well. with respect to its graduate program, there are many opportunities for community involvement and educational development.

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    the dining during breakfast and lunch is wonderful, but expensive. at dinner time, the main cafeteria accepts meals instead of dining dollars and the quality of the food is downgraded. the various cafes around campus are typically very good though.

    Dorm Life

    i live in a beautiful dorm in the valley. there is a gym, soccer field, and cafe about two minutes from my room. i am in a double and live on a floor of girls whom i have become very close to.

    Academic Rigor

    i held a 3.7 gpa in high school while taking a total of 6 ap classes. the rigor at this school is high. i am definitely challenged by the academics here, but some of the core classes are fairly easy.

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    usd is very safe. there is public safety everywhere, and they are on call 24-7. if you feel unsafe for any reason they will be right there to help you.

    Greek Life

    greek life here is great! joining a sorority or fraternity is a great way to meet people and usd has a great greek life. however, there is no housing for greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is a club for everything at usd. from frisbee to international students. there is no shortage of clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    usd is great for all types of students!

    Bang for the buck

    usd is very expensive, but it is definitely worth it. san diego is a great place to be and usd is a beautiful school to attend.

    What to do for fun

    there is so much to do in san diego for fun. there are tons of water sports, great shopping, great dining. usd also has many outdoor adventure events like canoing, water skiing, dances, mud caving, and many more.

    Food and Dining

    we have the best food and dining. our cafeteria serves fresh sushi, chinese, french, mexican, italian, and great desserts!

    Dorm Life

    the dorm rooms are very large with great closet space! they are also clean, and get cleaned weekly!

    Academic Rigor

    usd is not easy, but it is not hard either. the teachers are excellent and will give you all the help and advice you need to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    you should definitely come to usd, the teachers give you all of the attention that you could possibly need, the cafeteria has amazing food, the dorm rooms are very big, and it is just an all around great college experience. try to live in missions your freshman year, that is where you meet the most kids and have the most fun.

    In three sentences

    university of san diego has an amazing campus, we joke that it is more of a country club setting than a school. the teachers at usd are very helpful and always take time to meet with their students. overall usd is a great school with a beautiful campus, great food,and great people.

  • 02/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    amazing campus safety. i've never felt unsafe.

    Greek Life

    25% of students are in greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    lots of options for getting involved!

    Great for these types of students

    laid back, studious, like individual attention

    Bang for the buck

    pricey but worth it!

    What to do for fun

    beach

    Food and Dining

    pretty good on campus options.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are really nice and they provide lots of resources for you

    Academic Rigor

    lots of help from tutoring centers and office hours of professors!

    Tips for prospective students

    work hard and love what you do!

    In three sentences

    not a crazy party school, but great for people who are concerned about their education. one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. amazing experience.

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    have not experienced any crime here however there are locations in which one can call for help. also there's a mobile app that can summon help to you if you need it on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    have a lot of variety of clubs throughout campus and activites each week.

    Great for these types of students

    transfer orientations for those who are transferring especially in january.

    Bang for the buck

    yes it is expensive however you earn a strong college education out of it.

    What to do for fun

    join clubs and athelitic programs. they always have on campus activites planned every week.

    Food and Dining

    food is very good here. they have many locations throughout the school to try different types of food.

    Dorm Life

    i hear its very good however i've not personally experienced it.

    Academic Rigor

    teachers really challenge you to think outside the box and to really prove you knowledge of the information.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't be afraid to ask any questions, everyone is very helpful and eager to help. view you mysandiego portal page often, it helps you in organizing all you educational and financial needs.

    In three sentences

    a very effiecient and helpful school. knowledgable and challenging teachers. very strong study abroad program.

  • 05/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Too many Greek letters to remember!!

    Great for these types of students

    All, there really is something for everyone.

    What to do for fun

    BEACH!! Lots of sports activities on campus as well as movie nights and other fun stuff offered by USD

    Tips for prospective students

    This school offers more parties than touted.

    In three sentences

    A great school with a mix of culture. It was the best choice for me and offered plenty of sunshine and beach activities.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do for fun! For one thing, you are in San Diego. There is the beach, downtown, Old Town, Fashion Valley Mall, and Petco Park. On campus, there are many student organizations to get involved with as well as many different sports games to cheer at.

    Food and Dining

    The food tastes pretty good, especially if you are looking at dinning at the La Gran Terraza. The only reason I do not give the food 5 stars is because it tends to be a bit pricey.

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived on campus, however I have colleagues that do. From their personal experiences, I have heard that it is a wonderful way to stay involved and get to know people.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of San Diego strives for excellence and does not disappoint.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend that you get involved in every activity that you possibly can in order to learn and grow both personally and professionally. Take advantage of all the opportunities offered on campus as well; it never hurts to start networking as soon as possible.

    In three sentences

    I would rate the University of San Diego a 10 out of 10 in regards to the Master's counseling program. This program has outstanding faculty and advisers and is also CACREP accredited. The University of San Diego may be on the more expensive side, however it is worth every single penny.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can go to the gym or the pool to relax, because it's always a nice day in San Diego! Nice and warm.

    Food and Dining

    The food is really good at first, but they serve the same thing every week.. You'll get sick of it after a while.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is super funnnn! Make sure you break out of your shell if you're shy, everyone is really friendly and nice. STUDY HARD, PARTY HARDER.

    Academic Rigor

    College isn't easy, you HAVE to study. If you don't study, you won't do well. It's not too bad if you actually study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely make use of your professor's office hours! They help you so much, and explain way better one on one until you understand the material.

    In three sentences

    It's definitely a beautiful small campus. It's definitely a place for you if you don't like walking far to get to your classes, as well as serving delicious food! Easy to contact professors in office hours if you need extra help.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Probably the safest I've ever felt on a campus. Everything is so close knit and well lit that I used to walk all the way to the other side of campus at night to visit my friends at their dorms. I never felt in danger.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't walk across the emblem in Maher or you won't graduate in for years!

    What to do for fun

    We are so close to the beach, the bars, sea world, the malls...there is nothing but fun around our campus.

    Food and Dining

    I love the food at USD. I don't know of any other school that serves all you can eat sushi every night. My favorite place is Aromas which is a coffee shop on campus. They play lots of cool music and host a lot of poetry events. It's a nice place to do some class reading.

    Dorm Life

    I personally hated dorm life because my freshman year I was stuck in one room with two other women. That is not comfortable because we each had a lot of stuff. We bickered and fought, but in the end they turned out to be my close friends (after we all moved off campus).

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are no joke. I've yet to meet an easy class in my two years on campus, but the professors are wonderful!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a more artsy scene, or a more diverse place, I don't recommend this school. Most people are cookie cutter blondes and surfer types. There are a lot of international students, I've noticed, but still it's a place for greek life and modelling contests.

    In three sentences

    USD has one of the most beautiful campuses I've ever seen. I love the professors and it serves GREAT food. It's definitely a place where the beautiful people of the world congregate- gorgeous women are everywhere, and with that being said, behind every gorgeous woman there are cute guys checking her out. There's definitely something for everybody.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public Safety is always patrolling around campus day and night.

    Greek Life

    I highly recommend joining Greek life, you won't be disappointed and it is a great way to meet and bond with more people during your first year!

    Clubs and Activities

    I highly recommend joining as many clubs as you can during Fall Semester at Alcala Bazaar

    What to do for fun

    Party at Missions Beach on the weekends, hang out and bond with my Sorority sisters, go shopping at Fashion Valley and Missions Valley Mall, attend club meetings and events, and socialize!

    Food and Dining

    Eating at the SLP every night can get annoying after a while because you have the same options to choose from everyday, but I highly recommend mixing the 3 different sauces at the pasta station.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very decent, I would recommend living in the Valley because it is in a great location, right next to Missions Cafe and the gym, as well as the Valley field. The rooms are also very big and if you are worried about closet space, trust me you will have plenty!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a prospective student possibly considering to attend USD, I would say sign up for a school tour if you haven't done so already! You will be impressed by what you see and you will receive an education from many of the best college professors in Southern California.

    In three sentences

    I can't express how thrilled I am to be attending this University! The professors honestly care about their students, the weather is amazing, and you are guaranteed to make lifetime friendships starting your first year.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While P-Safe can be annoying at any school, our campus is extremely safe. I feel comfortable walking around by myself any time of day/night. Linda Vista is not safe to walk on at night, but on campus itself is totally safe.

    Greek Life

    Go Greek. It's awesome. We are 25% of the school and our presence is well-known. All the chapters get along pretty well, so it doesn't really matter where you end up. You will still be friends with everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    It is ridiculously over-priced, but totally worth it for the size of dorms and quality of teachers and food.

    What to do for fun

    Surf, mission beach, pacific beach, balboa park, hillcrest, visit La Jolla, watch the sunset off of sunset cliffs

    Food and Dining

    Everything is made fresh and the day of. We are totally spoiled on campus with the high caliber of our food.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus and sit in on a class. Take classes that really interest you. Visit the 3rd floor of the Student Life Pavilion and talk to anyone up there. Go Greek!

    In three sentences

    The campus is gorgeous and the weather is perfect. The small class sizes are ideal for successful learning. I am so thankful to the math department for all the hard work they put in to help me excel.

  • 06/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public Safety is amazing. They are always available and really make the campus very safe!

    Bang for the buck

    USD is a private, Roman Catholic university, so it is expensive. The university provides excellent scholarships though that make the cost similar to a state college.

    What to do for fun

    USD is located in the heart of San Diego. It is minutes from the beach, downtown, Old Town, Mission and Fashion Valley(shopping centers), SeaWorld, the Zoo, the Wild Animal Park, beautiful churches and hiking trails. You can always find something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious. There is a wide variety with everything you can imagine and they make sure that with diversity comes authenticity.

    Dorm Life

    All of the dorms and apartments are beautiful and clean. Overall the campus is remarkable.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are tough, but USD offers such a wide spectrum of classes that although they are difficult they are very interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    Whether you are religious or not, come to USD knowing beyond a doubt what you believe.

    In three sentences

    USD is a beautiful and diverse college that strives to welcome all. She is a private institution that offers every student personal relationships with professors, staff, and students. She is a Roman Catholic University that has lost her Catholic roots but is yearning to find them.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Haven't started yet.

    Academic Rigor

    Haven't started yet.

    Tips for prospective students

    Glad I've been accepted...and looking forward to the challenge. Worked with a great advisor who encouraged and supported me.

    In three sentences

    The school is among one of the top-rated in the nation. It offers a balance of academic and personal growth opportunities. I have yet to be disappointed by hearing any negative feedback on what it provides its students.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always campus police patrolling the area. They are very eaasy to contact as well (go to the Office of Public Safety ASAP to recieve a little booklet with essential numbers).

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty opportunities for students to find there place on campus from Greek Life to politics to outdoor activities.

    Bang for the buck

    USD is on the pricey side, but there are students loans, private grants/scholarships, university grants/sholarships, and federal financial aid (if you qualify) to help pay for tuition, fees, room & board, and books.

    What to do for fun

    Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and Sea World are about a 10 minute drive away from USD. You can also use public transportation to go anywhere in San Diego. USD has a tram serive that runs to Old Town about twice a day. There are an array of clubs downtown (if you're of age, or course), restaurnts throughout San Diego, and we have awesome taco shops throughout San Diego.

    Food and Dining

    USD has great food options. My personal favorites are La Paloma and Aromas Cafe. The food can be pricey though.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter student, but everyone I know who lives on campus say that they have made lifelong friends living on campus and there are a lot of activities going on for campus residents.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic life at USD is definately tough, especially if you're a science, business, or math major. You will have to give up most of your social life for school, but it is worth it in the end. Remember: hard work does pay off.

    Tips for prospective students

    For sure, talk to an admissions counselor about applying as a transfer student or a new freshman. Bring all acadmeic transcripts with you when you go so that the counselor will know where you are academically and class wise (for transfers students who need specific classes done before transferring). Also look at the website for your intended major, look at what classes you need and what classes you'll want to get a head start on before transfering. Other than that, make sure you are studying well, have at least a 3.0 GPA, and have great relationships with some professors or teachers (recommendation letters).

    In three sentences

    Most of the professors at USD are very passionate about teaching and helping students to succeed. If you haven't found your place, you will be sure to find your place somewhere as a part of the USD community. USD has awesome food, so when you're hungry you have great options.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. The university has their own department of public safety which is open 24/7. You can even call a public safety escort when walking alone or at night.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many activities close to campus. The university overlooks Mission Beach and Sea World. The San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park are only twelve minutes away. You can dine and shop in Historic Old Town. Downtown provides many activities such as the San Diego Opera, Seaport Village, and the Gaslamp Quarter. Hotel Coronado is fun to visit as are the many beaches in the area.

    Food and Dining

    There are many dining options on campus. In the Student Life Pavillion, there are different dining stations to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are on campus, creating easy access to classes or dining.

    Academic Rigor

    The university is committed to academic excellence. There are opportunities for tutoring and office hours with professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to the university early and stay in touch with both admissions and financial aid offices. They are eager to help you along the way. Take a campus tour to get a feel for the atmosphere and experience how helpful the students and staff are.

    In three sentences

    The University of San Diego is committed to helping their students succeed by teaching ethics and preparing them to change the world. All faculty and staff are very kind and helpful. The campus is beautiful and opportunities abound within the surrounding area.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    USD is extremely safe!

    Greek Life

    There is Greek life for sure, but there is no Greek housing at all on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    USD has virtually everything, from clubs to Living Learning Communities to intramurals.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on the seal in Maher- it's bad luck! They say if you do you won't graduate in 4 years!

    Bang for the buck

    It's pricey, but it's worth it, and there are tons of scholarships available!

    What to do for fun

    Go downtown and go clubbing, go to a hookah bar, or go shopping. At night, go to Mission Beach or State for parties, and be sure to stop by Roberto's for great Mexican food! If it's hot out, the beach is only minutes away!

    Food and Dining

    For cafeteria food, it's amazing! It gets repetitive after a while, I'll admit, but every night is an all-you-can-eat buffet with tons of options, and weekend mornings are unlimited brunch! There is also food all around campus, and there are options available for those with special diets or allergies.

    Dorm Life

    Awesome! There are no parties on campus (sad, I know) but the people are great. The attitude is very laid back, and most RAs are not strict, so overall I can't complain. And the dorm rooms are very nice!

    Academic Rigor

    Intro classes tend to be easy, but some classes require a lot of work. Don't give up!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a small meal plan- you can never use them all! Also, definitely check ratemyprofessor.com to check out the profiles on the teachers before you choose them- the ratings are usually pretty spot on. Also, go in to office hours, especially for essays!

    In three sentences

    USD has a beautiful campus, great people, and a safe, wonderful environment. The teachers are not the best in the world, but the weather, the people, the campus and even the food are all great. It is also located 15 minutes from the beach AND downtown, so there's always something to do!

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a beautiful lookout spot behind the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice that is always peaceful and it looks out over Mission Bay. During September and some of October students like to go sit their and watch the Sea World fireworks.

    Bang for the buck

    Although the University of San Diego is a private school so it costs quite a pretty penny, the academic options they provide for you, such as academic advisers and free tutoring at all our tutoring centers for basically any subject you could ever imagine makes it so worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    Living in San Diego is the best choice to make. In San Diego you are always 10 minutes from mountains where you can hike; beaches where you can relax and swim; and the city where you can shop or just hang out with friends. There is always so much going on and getting involved in activities makes college easier to get through.

    Food and Dining

    Thanks to the University of San Diego's state-of-the-art dining hall, food is always delicious. You can have anything from pasta to sushi and Chinese food at the dining hall. The university also hosts a number of other little restaurants and coffee shops that are tasty as well.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life as a freshman is a little more secluded and hard to make friends, but once you become an upperclassmen housing gets a lot better.

    Academic Rigor

    Although the University of San Diego is academically rigorous, they do everything in their power to make sure you succeed. When you come in as a freshman you are given an academic advisor who mentors you and helps you through your transition to college.

    Tips for prospective students

    The University of San Diego focuses almost every ounce of their attention on academics, so if you're not willing to dedicate about 90% of your time to studying and getting good grades then this university is not the one for you.

    In three sentences

    The University of San Diego is a prestigious one. The university's focus is strictly on academics. This focus makes the students who attend this university academically strong and dedicated.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public Safety (P Safe) is easily accessible if you need them. They helped me cut my bike chain when I lost my key at the end of the year!

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in Greek Life, but it seems that everyone who is a member really enjoys it.

    Clubs and Activities

    I was a rower this past year and didn't have much time for clubs and activities. I know there are a lot of great ones, though.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like surfing, make sure to make a fitting class schedule and get your butt to the beach as often as possible.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    La Gran Terraza is one of USD's best attractions. I love spending my leftover dining dollars there. Also, the reflection pool is my favorite location.

    Bang for the buck

    When you find the right people, you can experience the university in an amazing light. There are a lot of gems at this school.

    What to do for fun

    The beach is amazing, of course! I like to picnic, run on the beach, do lots of yoga, and dog watch on the boardwalk.

    Food and Dining

    We have excellent food in the Student Life Pavilion. My only complaint is the vegetarian and vegan options-- there could be more!

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Missions A in the Valley this past year. It was set up in suite-style and it was a great place to live!

    Academic Rigor

    There are many amazing professors at the University of San Diego. When you have the right professors, school seems much easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    I urge all prospective students to take time to evaluate what is important to them in life. Adventurous students, camaraderie, and intellect was what I was looking for in a student body. These characteristics were more difficult to find than I was hoping, and I think it is important to look for exactly what you want when selecting a university.

    In three sentences

    While visiting this university, I thought everything was beautiful-- and I was right to some extent. The people are all beautiful on the outside, and I believe there may be too much of a focus on appearance. At the University of San Diego, it is very easy to challenge the status quo.

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The beach, downtown

    Food and Dining

    Great food.

    Academic Rigor

    USD is a very challenging institution, but well worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Speak and constantly work with admission counselors and current students to get ideas of good classes to take.

    In three sentences

    I would rate the University of San Diego 5 out of 5. They provide students with all the resources necessary to prepare them to enter the professional world. The class sizes are ideal to maximize student to professor relationships for a better learning environment.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Nothing-- nothing gets past our hill. Parents should feel extremely safe with their students at USD

    What to do for fun

    Mission beach, study abroad, USD is all about the good life

    Food and Dining

    Our restaurant on campus consistently is featured in different reviews. Amazing food, world class

    Dorm Life

    No other campus compares, especially in terms of freshman housing

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on major and school. Business school tends to be easier than College of Arts and Sciences, but programs such as the Honors Program and different upper division courses offer a challenge for students looking to excel.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships- save some of your general ed requirements for later, and if you know your major, get in the upper division classes as soon as possible. If you seek opportunities, you can go very far

    In three sentences

    USD is close knit campus with global opportunity and local prestige. Students from USD are known throughout the San Diego region as trustworthy and ethical leaders. A Catholic campus, it is still an open campus with plenty of opportunities.

  • 07/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public Safety is quick to respond whether there is a real emergency, or you just don't want to walk across campus at night. You can call P-Safe from your phone, or press the button on one of the poles around campus and they will be there in a split second. Safety is not an issue around here.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is pretty dominant during rush, but after that everything calms down. There are various formals and events put on by frats and sororities throughout the year. There are no houses or Greek Row on campus, so Greek Life here is more of a social group than a way of life. It can be fun if you do it, but you won't feel left out if you don't.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs on campus, so attend the Alcala Bazaar at the beginning of the semester so you can see what's out there. There are also quite a few intramural sports and some club teams, which are a little more serious than intramurals. RHA (residence hall association) puts on some of the biggest events of the year like Winter Wonderland and Fun in the Sun. Attending events is fun, but being a part of the events is more rewarding. Get involved!

    Great for these types of students

    USD is great for students looking for a well-rounded education. If you're going to be annoyed by having to take a lot of classes out of your major, the core curriculum here will bug you. If you read a lot of reviews that say everyone here is a typical southern California rich Mercedes-driving Daddy's girl, I'm not going to lie. There are some of those girls. So if that's you, you'll fit in. If that's not you, don't be freaked out by that stereotype because there's a lot more different kinds of people here!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Quiet Study room in Copley Library, which students here call The Harry Potter Room, looks like it is right out of Harry Potter. It's quiet and a really cool place to study. Also, in the first part of fall semester, if you stand outside at sunset you can see the SeaWorld fireworks.

    Bang for the buck

    There's no hiding it, this school costs a fortune. If you did really well in high school, you'll probably get tons of merit aid which will lighten the load. Also, being a small private school, the financial aid is killer so that should help a lot if you need it. Even so, the majority of students here have loans. Is it worth it? If you're going to study hard and make a lot of good connections, then yes. The alumni network and career services are extremely helpful in helping you get a job or internship after college and you get to go to school on a beautiful campus in an awesome city with resources abound to help you.

    What to do for fun

    Going to the beach is always a good choice if the sun is out, and it usually is. Hit up Old Town for some Mexican Food, the Gas Lamp District, Seaport Village, or Little Italy for something a little fancier, or Coronado if someone you know has a car. Go to SeaWorld if you have a little money, or rent a ZipCar and drive up to LA for the day. There are tons of museums at Balboa park, and the ever-famous San Diego Zoo. If you have no money and no car and you're too lazy to ride the tram to Old Town and catch the trolley, get some friends and throw a frisbee around at Missions Field. This is college, after all.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus rocks. This doesn't mean you won't get tired of it or crave your mom's food, but we really do have it good here. The Student Life Pavilion (SLP) serves lunch and dinner on weekdays, and brunch and dinner on weekends. There are many options to customize your food and be healthy, gluten-free, vegetarian, or whatever you prefer. Eat the same thing everyday, or don't. La Paloma is a hot-spot for weekday lunch and serves hot items like mac and cheese and mashed potatoes, but are most popular for the sandwiches. Paloma serves breakfast all day, too. The pancakes rock. Bert's Bistro is peanut free and serves a variety of sandwiches as well, but the real draw at Bert's is the BBQ. Aromas is a coffee shop so it has the regular coffee shop pastries, but also sweet and savory crepes. Tu Mercado is a grocery store, so you can buy fresh produce and grocery items. They also have gelato, sandwiches, coffee, and a pasta bar. Missions Cafe has Froyo and some cold sandwiches and wraps.

    Dorm Life

    Camino/Founders are very typical college dorms and are conveniently located for classes, but are far away from the rest of the dorms. In Missions B and Missions A, everyone knows everyone on their floor and there seems to be a larger sense of community than in Camino/Founders and Maher. All dorms have sufficient space and amenities. Camino/Founders and Missions B all have community showers and bathrooms (don't worry, there are curtains) whereas Maher and Missions A have private bathrooms. Despite the draw of private bathrooms, cleaning your own bathroom is not that fun and you have to coordinate with your roommates on bathroom time. With community bathrooms, there is never (at least in Camino/Founders) any waiting for a shower or toilet. Residence Hall Association (RHA) puts on fun events in each hall, and sometimes joint events between halls. In general, dorm life is pretty sweet, but it is what you make it.

    Academic Rigor

    Don't count any of your classes as being easy classes, even if they're a core curriculum. Classes like Logic and World Religions, which many students take during their first years at USD can prove to be tough. Classes are hard, but attending your professors' office hours and getting to class consistently and on time help your chances of earning the grades you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    USD is looking for students who have proven that they have been academically successful in high school, but can also be leaders and compassionate citizens. Success in AP or IB classes will really help with Merit Aid, as will evidence of service and volunteer work.

    In three sentences

    The University of San Diego is a small Catholic private school in San Diego, CA. Despite a Catholic affiliation, students of all backgrounds would be comfortable here as long as they accept the emphasis on service and compassion that the school's Catholic affiliation provides. Students here earn a well rounded education due to the expansive core curriculum, and can choose from a variety of majors and minors although the school is most popular for its Business school.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University of San Diego is an open campus; open to the public. However, the school provides Public Safety at all locations and at all hours to provide the safest environment possible.

    Greek Life

    The University of San Diego's Greek Life is small compared to other universities, but the Greek Life at USD is not just social, it is also proactive in academics and social causes, such as domestic abuse, cancer research, and homelessness.

    Clubs and Activities

    At the University of San Diego we have more than 100 clubs, that represent anything from degree oriented clubs, such as the international business club and the psychology club, to purely cultural activities and clubs, such as FUSO (a Polynesian cultural club) and outdoor adventure club.

    Great for these types of students

    The University is great for any student, but especially wonderful for the students who are independent and who are focused more on academics, than the pursuit of a purely 'party' lifestyle; even though there are opportunities for students to enjoy parties while attending.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is a little high, but for what we are provided as students the price for the education is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    The University of San Diego is so close to so many wonderful places that is is easy to find something to do for fun. Students can go down to Old Town and enjoy the history of Old San Diego, or they are able to go down to Fashion Valley and shop the many stores provided or indulge in a movie. The beach is also in such close proximity that students could enjoy the ocean in less than a 10 minute trip from campus. In the opposite direction there is Downtown, where students can go watch Baseball games at Petco Park or venture the beautiful Balboa Park to see the many events going on all year long.

    Food and Dining

    The food is spectacular! At the University of San Diego, there are at least 6 dining locations for students, including a fine dining restaurant right on campus. Students are able to use dining dollars or meal plans at each of the dining locations. Also, at each location there are different cuisines provided, ranging from Oriental and Mexican food to Vegan and Gluten free options.

    Dorm Life

    The accommodations are wonderful and the residential assistants living with you are there to help you and provide the safest environment possible. The dorms truly give you the experience of living on your own, while being surrounded by people who could possibly become friends.

    Academic Rigor

    They classes are challenging, but not so difficult so as to create unneeded stress.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be proactive in your attendance and in choosing classes or when choosing to join an organization. The deadlines come up fast and by remaining ahead in the process, you will ensure your success.

    In three sentences

    A truly wonderful school with so many opportunities for students to not only earn a degree, but to discover themselves as well. The University of San Diego provides a comforting atmosphere for students to grow and learn how to function on their own. It is also home to some of the best professors I have ever had the pleasure of knowing; they are conscientious, diligent, and genuinely interested in the desires of each student.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Seaworld, The San Diego Zoo, Ultrazone, mountain-biking, skiing, surfing, all manner of outdoor activities, oh and did I mention the beach?!

    Food and Dining

    The food is fantastic until you eat it every single day, then you are just tired of the same old food.

    Dorm Life

    I had a bad experience in the Camino/Founders dorm area, but had friends in the other dorms who had a fantastic time in their dorm area. Most people live on campus for their freshman year, then move to the beach.

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging course work. You have to be willing to study well into the night and make midnight burrito runs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that if you do come here, do not take one of the designated school loans. Take out a loan at your local bank so that you don't end up with a mortgage payment instead of just college loans.

    In three sentences

    The University has one huge positive for it, the location can not be beat. And on top of that, the small class sizes make for a better learning experience. On the flip side, the price will cause you to sell one of your kidneys.

  • 08/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have a campus police system on campus, they do patrol every night and throughout the day but they aren't as pesky as some would think. We (the students) even call them P-Safe

    Greek Life

    25% of the student body is involved in Greek Life. It is a really fun thing to get involved in, however there aren't Greek houses on campus- that can either be seen as a positive or not if you're really looking forward to living with your Greek family.

    Clubs and Activities

    As stated earlier, there are a lot of clubs and things to get involved in on campus. Another thing is, if USD doesn't have a particular club on campus that you would like to start, then grab eight friends, get it approved and funded and you have yourself a new club! It's actually relatively simple.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone can find their place at USD.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Visit the top of the Science building (Shiley Center for Science and Technology). Just take the stairs to the 3 floor and walk around the corner at the end of the hall and hopefully the door will be unlocked and you can look out at downtown SD. Or the back of the IPJ (Institute for Peace and Justice Studies) is also pretty. Especially at night- it's a great place to reflect during finals.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is incredibly expensive.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs and organizations to join, along with intramural sports. I was really active in both and between the two I visited different universities and made a lot of new friends. Of course there are also a lot of off campus things to do off campus- Mission Beach is a very popular place on the weekends!

    Food and Dining

    The SLP or student life pavilion is the most popular and common place to eat on campus however all the little eateries around campus are delicious. I believe the fact that it is a private school has a lot to do with the fact that they school tries to make the food better.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Missions A in The Valley. It was the best dorm experience I could have imagined. I loved my suitemates like my own family, and I made so many friends. It was honestly what I imagine a small town or village to be like. Everyone was super friendly!

    Academic Rigor

    This school is full of very competitive students and demanding professors. The professors, though they seem tough and demanding, actually do it in hopes to push you to your highest success levels, not to break you down. Use your peers as people to help you, study with you and overall motivate you to be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    The University of San Diego is a school that strives itself on selecting the best from various schools. If admitted, you will be surrounded by the best of the best. Therefore, from the beginning, work hard in and out of class, get to know your professors but also get to know your peers. You cannot expect to be successful solely relying on yourself.

    In three sentences

    I believe that University of San Diego does an incredible job at creating opportunities for its students. It has one of the best networking environments, specifically connecting current USD students to successful alumni in their desired career field. The school also has several workshops and seminars in hopes to build an overall well rounded and cultured student, thereby fulfilling their mission statement.

  • 08/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The recently renovated dining hall and Student Life Pavilion is top tier with a passionate culinary staff.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with Greek Life or an activity group on campus to meet students and develop a social life.

    In three sentences

    USD has passionate faculty who are vested in the students' success. The business school is especially impressive in its ability to bridge the next step to the working world.

  • 09/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The University of San Diego is a really worthwhile experience because it's a really good school with a very high percentage of graduates who either find a job or go on to graduate school. It's very good for anyone who wants to go to business and the abroad program here is number one in the country. It's a really worthwhile experience to be able to travel to another country and learn at the same time in a different environment.

    What to do for fun

    The good thing about this school is that it's in San Diego. A lot of people like to go to the beach. Also, this school is close to a lot of stores that are walkable and for the places that are farther out the school does provide trams for students so going off campus is doable.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at the University of San Diego is top notch. We have a variety of food from American to Asian and sandwiches to tacos. The food here feels like gourmet dining so people here feel like they're getting their whole money's worth. It's also really convenient that the places to get food are all over campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm size at this school are quite large when compared to dorms at other schools. The people are really nice to so it's safe to say that chances are most people will have a good time. The dorms are also close to the classes and the stores around campus so it's really convenient.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here at the University of San Diego can be difficult. There are lots of classes that do give a lot of homework and reading. However, as long as it's a class that you like the homework and reading won't be a big deal. A lot of the class material can be fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attending any college for the first time can be difficult for anyone. It's the first time that your parents aren't around. You don't have any friends there. It's a big change. My suggestion would be to enter clubs and join fraternities/sororities. Find friends and be outgoing, but also make sure that there's time to study. It's very important to time manage yourself and not to procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    The class size at my school are quite small so it's comforting that it's easy to communicate with the teacher. The University of San Diego is also a small school so getting classes that are needed is not as difficult as it would be in a larger school with a student size of 18,000. This university is filled with many intelligent people who are also nice, hardworking, and always in the mood to help other people out thus creating a harmonious atmosphere.

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for students looking for majors in the Sciences.

    Bang for the buck

    It is price-y.

    What to do for fun

    This school has fun things to do on campus. They have like get-together things and stuff. I'm pretty sure the ocean is near, too.

    Tips for prospective students

    You might want to study the campus. It is HUGE.

    In three sentences

    I visited the website for this school and looked at the campus and pictures. It is so beautiful. They also have programs for majoring in the sciences, so that is great for me.

  • 11/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe! Just watch out for the raccoons!

    Greek Life

    Although we do not have any Greek housing on campus, the majority of students are involved in Greek Life. However, it is not social suicide to not be a part of it!

    Food and Dining

    The recently opened Student Life Pavilion has a great selection of food. There's everything from burgers to sushi to hand made pizza! There are also different smaller stores throughout campus. Pretty pricey, but you're paying for convenience right?

    Dorm Life

    Living on-campus is only mandatory for your freshman year. Many students move down to Mission Beach as upperclassmen. I guess you could say that the beach is our dorm life!

    Academic Rigor

    I am in the engineering program which is ranked #26 in the nation. It involved great small class sizes which allows you to maintain personal relationships with your professors. They are invested in who you are and what you are interested in doing with your degree. Definitely challenging but there are people to help you the entire way.

  • 11/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They told us freshman year to never walk alone on campus, and I couldn't argue this more. I'll go running at night there with headphones in and have never seen any strangers more than a few old men walking their dogs. The public safety is constantly patrolling and there's never any weird intruders. I'm a female and would walk from my friend's dorms all the time at night and have never had an issue.

    Greek Life

    I'm not involved in Greek life but wish I was. They've got lots of good events and get the members involved in community service. There's no housing so never really raging greeklife parties, but they still party plenty, usually in Mission Beach. Each one has it's reputation, but not every member fits theirs.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a large variety in clubs in activities, but they don't make attendance as strict as it should be. It'd be nice to have a school with school spirit with tons of students at events, but this definitely isn't the case. The clubs are fun though, and there's one for any person's desires.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a place at the end of campus nicknamed as City Lights where couples or smokers go for sunsets or to see San Diego lit up in the night. It's got a view down to the bay during the day, and Sea World fireworks can be seen from this spot behind the IPJ, too.

    Bang for the buck

    It is an extremely expensive school, but will be worth it after graduation. It has great job placement after graduation and the school really works to help you find jobs. The experience during your four years there is perfect, with amazing friends, a gorgeous campus, perfect weather, and great meals to accompany it all on and off campus. Everyone constantly complains on how we're paying for the constantly manicured lawns, but probably 75% of the students will include the looks of the school in their reasoning for choosing USD.

    What to do for fun

    There's really no farther to look than the beach when you go to USD. There's a beach for every students needs, whether it's surfing, hanging out, living, or studying. Tons of students live in the houses in Mission Beach and will throw parties day and night there on the weekends, although they don't tend to last long. There's also a lot to do otherwise, such as the San Diego Zoo, farmers markets, strolls through Balboa Park, and shopping at numerous locations throughout San Diego.

    Food and Dining

    My family constantly asked for me to swipe them in for meals since there are so many options, and it's all very delicious. All of the kitchen staff is friendly and tries to strike up conversation with you, although the prices on campus are a bit pricey. Dining locations like La Paloma get very crowded between classes, but is popular for having Tu Go products and delicious sandwiches.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty and definitely liveable, but are expensive even for upperclassmen living in doubles. All of the dorms are close to main campus, but the upperclassmen housing and some freshmen dorms are accessible only via a large hill or stairs. The resident advisers are well trained, which means they're sweet and have great events, but are also strict on partying in rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    It's definitely a challenging school, but absolutely worth every minute you put in to it. The advisers are extremely helpful and the school is doing a great job at making sure everyone feels involved. The classes are challenging but if you're looking for a job in California after, it's a very reputable school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in extracurricular activities and take AP classes and exams. They usually don't cost extra and can help you save at your university or college. If you have the option in high school, take online college courses or classes at your local school to earn credits that will put you ahead of the competing students and help you when you're choosing classes at your school.

    In three sentences

    It's known for it's gorgeous campus and beautiful people, but you'd be surprised by the hard work the students put in. The classes are challenging but manageable, and the teachers want you to understand concepts and pass. You'll find friends no matter your interests, and there's tons of clubs and organizations for anyone to join and make friends.

  • 12/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always safety officers in school circulating. We also have emergency buttons throughout the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are very active and as I mentioned, there are activities for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    Any student would be happy at USD. They have clubs and activities for everyone! if you're shy and introverted there are always quiet places to enjoy yourselves!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    As a catholic school we always have masses and 3 theological classes are necessary. We have an amazing parish and a beautiful chapel. Another part of USD's beauty are the gardens, there are delightful gardens to study and relax.

    What to do for fun

    You can always hit the beach! but there are so many activities in campus each week you don't even have to go out. Sea World and Fashion Valley are pretty near too !

    Food and Dining

    Food is almost excellent but prices can be a little high. Even so, a great advantage is that you can always pay with your student account. Also, there are many restaurants surrounding where you can go when you're short of cash.

    Dorm Life

    Although I'm a commuter, from comments I've heard dorm life is good and they actually love living there. It's a great atmosphere to know people.

    Academic Rigor

    USD has several behavioral rules but nothing out of the common. Even though they highly encourage academic integrity and have sanctions for violators.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Study daily! -Always do homework and readings -Engage in classes -Active participation on campus and in class -Visit your counselor often

    In three sentences

    USD's an excellent place to attend college and graduate school. Student's resources such as computers and labs are always available and teachers are pretty accessible and willing to help.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, keep you high school grades up, do not take 17 credits your first semester, have fun and go to the beach.

    In three sentences

    It is beautiful, with landscaping that will outshine any five star resort. The academics here are above par, with the professors taking time to make sure you fully understand the material. Not only is the campus beautiful but it is in a prime location.

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Playing sports or getting involved with other student activities.

    Food and Dining

    Amazing food with tons of different choices.

    Dorm Life

    Great dorms and a lot of nice students live there.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is challenging but will keep the student focused and well prepared for their career field.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in the activities and extra curricular events that they have going on. The campus is mall and quaint but holds a lot of different activities.

    In three sentences

    Great campus with amazing class sizes. The instructors seem to be challenging and extremely intelligent. USD has prominently relevant curriculum to their perspective goals.

  • 02/02/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There a lot to do in San Diego, so you could go to the beach, a baseball game, or whatever you feel like. There is a great shopping center only a short distance from the school.

    Food and Dining

    Their dining hall looks phenomenal. They also have a fine dining restaurant and a pub on campus as well.

    Dorm Life

    I don't really know that much about dorm life since I don't go there yet, but a dorm room I looked at seemed pretty good.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus. I really hope I can go there next year. The view is amazing and the campus is small and clean.

  • 02/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never felt uncomfortable or scared at all since I've been at USD.

    Greek Life

    USD doesn't rush until the spring, however I liked it that way because I was able to make a bunch of friends my first semester that I probably would have never met if everybody was already in a sorority when we started school. Rush is a 4-5 day process and it is an absolute blast. There are not Greek houses at USD, but because of that all the chapters are able to be friends with one another rather than against one another. I definitely recommend joining Greek Life. I just became initiated and I love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Any club you can pretty much imagine is at USD. USD is really high up there for their clubs. Also, their study abroad program is one of the top study abroad programs in the nation which is pretty incredible.

    Great for these types of students

    I think USD is great for all students. It really offers a wide variety of different things for everybody. It really comes down to if the small school environment is for you, but if that doesn't bother you, then you will not be disappointed with USD.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Before all of the freshman start school, USD does this thing called Torero Days and it's 4-5 days long. It is basically a bunch of fun surprise events set up just for you to get to meet as many people as you can. For my Torero days we had a carnival and went to Sea World, which was an absolute blast. It is definitely a great way for you to find your friends before even starting school and that way you aren't overwhelmed because you don't know anyone one the first day of school.

    Bang for the buck

    USD is extremely expensive and sometimes it feels like you may not be getting your complete moneys worth, but college is something that the more you put in, the more you get out. If you are not going to class, not eating at the dining hall, or not taking advantage of office hours it may seem as though you are not getting your full moneys worth. However, for me, I am not on any scholarship and financial aid. My parents are paying a ton of money for me to attend this school, so I definitely make sure I make the most out of everything here at USD.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of fun things to do at USD. There are movie nights pretty much every Friday where they put up a huge screen and everybody can go and watch. There is a big lounge with pool tables, a smoothie bar, and TVs which a lot of college kinds hang out at. You can go to the gym; there are two gyms on campus and they're both very nice. You can go to the beach, which is a biggie. Mission beach is the closest beach and it is beautiful and fun. La Jolla is also another really pretty beach that a lot of students go to surf. Also USD two minutes from a huge mall called Fashion Valley, so you can shop or go see a movie or go out to lunch. There are a lot of fun hikes and runs if you are up for some adventure. Another cool thing to do is watch the sunset at sunset cliffs, its beautiful. All in all, USD is a very fun-filled school. You don't have to worry about ever being bored at USD.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is incredible for the first month or so you are there, but after that you get tired of having the same thing over and over again. There is one main cafeteria and in that cafeteria for lunch and dinner you can order italian food, mexican food, american food, or chinese food and for breakfast you can order anything you could ever really want. They chefs are good and take pride in their work, but because the dorm rooms don't have kitchens, having that food breakfast, lunch, and dinner does get old. Some people love it, but for me, that was the only real downside of living on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I am currently living on campus in a dorm and I love it. All freshman are required to live in the dorms their freshman year, which makes it so much easier to meet other students your age and easier to make new friends. The dorms are older, but they are clean and the buildings are gorgeous. I lucked out this year because my dorm room has a view of the ocean. What other college has dorm rooms that view the ocean? I live in Maher (coed) and there is also Founders (all girls), Camino (all boys), Missions A (suite style living), and missions B (coed). Regardless of what dorm you are placed in, you will love it. They are all great places to live your freshman year and you are on campus, close to your classes, and never have to worry about having a car.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are extremely tough, but they are very rewarding. All of the professors are extremely knowledgeable in their field and they all get to know you on a personal level. Also, each professor offers office hours which are times they are in their office and you can go for one-on-one extra help. For me, that one-on-one time really helped me excel in the classes I took.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are thinking about attending the University of San Diego, I would definitely suggest touring the school. When you get on campus and see what USD is all about, you have a much easier time figuring out if USD is for you or not. When I first stepped on campus I just knew immediately USD was for me because I could see myself going there and the small environment was very appealing to me. Not everybody will be able to handle such a small school, which is why I would definitely recommend touring the school so you can see if you get the same feeling as I did!

    In three sentences

    On a scale of one to ten I would rate the University of San Diego at a seven. The lack of top athletics and school spirit is unfortunate, but other than that the school is absolutely incredible. The campus is gorgeous, the professors are extremely intelligent in their field, and all of the students that attend USD are very high achievers.

  • 02/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus at any hour, and there are security guards and good systems all around campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a good happy medium here because there are not houses so anyone who is in a certain chapter can be friends with anyone else in another chapter. There are good people in every sorority and fraternity, and while not everyone participates, it is a good portion of the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are not a huge deal, but people definitely participate, and there are a lot of good community service activities that you can find if you look for them. And you can participate in organizations that give great leadership experience.

    Great for these types of students

    Good for students who want a relaxing lifestyle close to the beach and want to be able to go off campus for a lot of activities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are lots of tailgates with free food and homecoming weekend always has a good concert. There are fun movies on campus every Friday night, and around finals week people stand on balconies and scream at midnight.

    Bang for the buck

    It all depends on what you take advantage of at the school. It can be a great experience but you are definitely paying a lot of money.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of options in the greater San Diego area which is great, and of course you can always go to the beach, but you really should have a car. Also shopping centers and beach towns are very close by

    Food and Dining

    The food is very good, and relatively healthy. There are good options but not a ton of variety, and on campus food places close early, with the exception of a few food trucks.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice and relatively big, with some people getting their own bathroom freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics can be as easy or as difficult as you allow them to be. It is possible to get all As especially during your first few semesters, and the work load is stressful, but manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely be as involved as you can be with things on campus. It is hard to get to know people at first and this really helps. A car is also really useful, even though they tell you that you don't need one.

    In three sentences

    USD is a beautiful school with great academics and student teacher interactions. The atmosphere is good and the social scene is what you make of it. It is a bit lacking in school spirit, but people do still come out for games, and you must take advantage of the smaller school opportunities while you attend.

  • 03/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel extremely safe on our campus. I think all of the staff here as well as campus public safety do a very good job.

    Greek Life

    I am a new member of Alpha Chi Omega!!! Our Greek life here is very different from the stereotypical greek life at most colleges. Recruitment is the beginning of the spring semester, which means that everyone is given a chance to make their own friends and settle in during their first fall semester. Once recruitment starts, everyone makes all their new friends in their sorority or fraternity, but also keeps their old friends, contributing to the good relationships between all the chapters on campus. At many universities the chapters are constantly fighting and competing with each other, but here everyone is friends and works together, because we all have best friends in other chapters. Alpha Chi Omega and Greek life in general has helped me so much in so many ways. It has given me a ton of confidence because I have so many sister supporting me. It has helped me take leadership positions. Most of all, I have made so many new friends. It makes this school seem a whole lot smaller, because now I recognize so many more faces when I walk around campus and it's a great feeling to have friends from all different age groups, classes, and different backgrounds as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    I joined the club soccer team last semester and made many great friends through that, as well as kept myself in shape while playing the sport I love. Our club soccer is the perfect medium for me between the D1 soccer team and the intramural team. Our coach makes it fun and interesting, and we all have a great time while still working hard.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for the type of student that likes being in smaller environments. I chose this school because I felt like I would get lost in a big school, with so many new students, so many people in my classes, etc. This small campus is perfect for me.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our campus is beautiful, but also has many points that look over beautiful San Diego and offer a great view of Mission Bay and the ocean.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is VERY expensive, but if you work hard you can earn a lot of scholarships. The academics are great, the quality of life on campus is great, and it's a great community to be a part of. One of the best parts of this school that come as a product of our huge tuition is the small class sizes, and I would much rather have small classes than an auditorium of 500 people!

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot to do for fun! There are always great ways to get involved on campus, like sports games to go watch and activities to participate in. There's also the beach only 10 minutes away! There are two malls very close, the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, and so much more!

    Food and Dining

    Food is really great. Tastes good and good quality. But like anything else that you have to eat every day, it does start to get old after a while.

    Dorm Life

    Pretty good for the most part. I have a great RA and have met tons of great girls in my dorm. Only thing that sucks is sharing a room, community bathrooms, etc. That stuff can get annoying!

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging classes, but the small class sizes are very helpful and all the teachers I've had are very willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's an easy school to transition into because it is very small and similar to high school in many ways, especially the small class sizes.

    In three sentences

    I love this school. Great academic programs, great teachers, great people. And great study abroad program that I can't wait to be a part of!

  • 03/03/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Its San Diego. Fun is everywhere.

    Tips for prospective students

    Save your money.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus but super expensive tuition.

  • 03/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Rigorous education that you will find here. but important to put you ahead of the rest.

    In three sentences

    High academic excellence. With very supportive faculty who are there to help students. one of the most beautiful campuses.

  • 04/26/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Party! Just kidding, I have no idea.

    Food and Dining

    Yum!

    Dorm Life

    Looks great!

    Academic Rigor

    No idea?

    Tips for prospective students

    APPLY EARLY

    In three sentences

    This place looks incredible. I am super excited, I am applying here next year.

  • 05/20/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Apparently they get free chipotle bought by the alumni before finals

    What to do for fun

    The beach is 10 minutes away and so is Sea World. Weekend shuttles to different places.

    Food and Dining

    Delicious food! Many different options including a fresh produce market open until 1 am.

    Dorm Life

    Some have a distant view of the ocean! Others of the canyon which is also beautiful. Beautiful architecture, a few different room configurations. The LLC program is confusing, but sounds like a good idea. Kind of like Hogwarts houses.

    Academic Rigor

    Small classes= personal attention. Professors don't get much research done with graduates here so they give the undergraduates opportunities. My tour guide said the professors come here because they love to teach, not because they want to have their research funded.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard at school. Just because it's senior year doesn't mean you shouldn't take some difficult classes. Just be yourself ad emphasize your volunteer activities or something you are passionate about.

    In three sentences

    Fell in love with the school immediately upon stepping on campus. I'm really hoping it's just as perfect next fall. So excited to find such an amazing fit.

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel so safe when I am on campus! It is very well-lit everywhere.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are SO MANY clubs and activities. There is a bazaar at the beginning of each semester that displays all of the different clubs, so that is when you can sign up for anything you want.

    Bang for the buck

    SO worth it

    What to do for fun

    Fashion Valley is about 5 minutes from the University, so you can go to the mall and eat at restaurants there or go to the movies. The beach is about 10 minutes away, so you can go to the beach whenever. The tricky part is just finding a ride if you don't have a car. The University is close to Old Town, where there is great mexican food and tourist attractions. It is also close to Ocean Beach, which is a cute hippy town with a farmer's market and cute shops. There is honestly so much to do for fun. The possibilities are endless.

    Food and Dining

    The Student Life Pavilion is so beautiful! It has marble counters and such a selection of food. I am a vegetarian and lactose intolerant and it is very easy for me to have a great meal. La Paloma, Berts, Aromas, Frank's Lounge, and Mission Cafe all have great options and good food!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms in Founders are beautiful, but there was no common area that all the girls hung out in, so we didn't become close with everyone in the building. In comparison to the valley where they lived in suite style so they met more people and had a better community.

    Academic Rigor

    Hard, but in a great way that makes you learn the material at hand.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a club or organization that suits you, because that is how you will find your closest friends. Don't buy your books until you have your first class to ask if you will actually use the book so you don't waste your money. Take advantage of all of the activities the university offers.

    In three sentences

    A university with a beautiful and friendly campus. The education is challenging and interesting. There are so many different things to get involved in on campus.

  • 08/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is very good, with a blue light system on campus and public safety located right in the main campus area. The campus is enclosed and well monitored, with a San Diego Police station just down the hill.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very popular on campus, but a prospective student should not feel like they must join Greek life to fit in. It is very easy to make friends and enjoy your time at school even if not in a sorority or fraternity. There are coed fraternities available as well, and specialized Greek organizations by major or interest. There are no Greek houses, members either live off campus unaffiliated with the school or on campus with the rest of the student body.

    Clubs and Activities

    The school hosts an event once a semester to provide students with an opportunity to investigate potential clubs and activities if they don't know where to start. All the campus organizations set up tables and booths in the main part of campus for students to check out what's available. It is very easy to get involved on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great fro students wanting to be immersed in culture and who wish to see more of the world. Students who love travel, meeting new people, and experiencing a busy but lovely city would be attracted to this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The University of San Diego offers free events where local restaurants, companies, and trades can come and give out samples or products for purchase to the students. These events include the strawberry festival, the apple festival, and more,

    Bang for the buck

    Although cost of tuition is very high for this university, students are very capable of achieving greatness here. They must work hard, but the resources available will expedite their success and the staff will push them to their best abilities.

    What to do for fun

    there is plenty to do for fun due to the university's close proximity to downtown San Diego. The school will offer discounted student events as well so experiencing the city is easier and more affordable. Fashion Valley, the local outdoor mall, offers shopping and Mission Valley Shopping Center offers the same as well as a movie theater. Both are accessible by trolley, just a short walk or tram ride from campus. Students can also visit Old town San Diego as well as La Jolla Village for more local fun.

    Food and Dining

    Food is excellent in the main dining hall as well as the other cafe's on campus. It is very easy to find places to eat during the weekdays. weekends and holidays are more difficult as the hours change slightly. Dining services are also not open past 11 pm. The 5 star restaurant on campus, La Grand Terraza is very delicious and students can dine their using their meal plans! Buffet style dinner and brunch are on the meal plan as well and offer a variety of choices for students.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are very nice, spacious, and updated. RA's are friendly and fair in the dorm halls. very easy to make friends and feel comfortable, and the housing administration makes sure students are happy with their living situations to the best of their ability.

    Academic Rigor

    Smaller classes provide students an opportunity to connect with professors and succeed in class, but the classes will be considerably more challenging than larger schools. Students should be prepared to have to work hard for academic success, and this hard work will certainly pay off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should consider distance from home when attending this school, and their comfort level being separated from their family. They should also consider cost for attendance, and consider the benefits of the university in comparison to their financial output. Students should also make sure they explore the surrounding city and take advantage of the travel and exploration opportunities offered through the school - both locally and internationally.

    In three sentences

    This university has small university benefits while still having the large, city campus benefits. Students experience the safety and beauty of a small enclosed campus but can easily explore themselves in the surrounding San Diego areas. The community offers many opportunities for students who seek new experiences and a blast of culture, especially because this university prides itself on being the #1 school for study abroad.

  • 08/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    The University of San Diego is not only ranked #7 most beautiful campuses in America, but is also very well ranked academically. The professors are helpful and since class sizes are small, they are more than willing to help you in any possible way. The food is also some of the best I've ever tasted on college campuses, there are numerous options to get anything you desire.

  • 11/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Amazing! Its always fresh and delicious. Plus, theres always healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are OK but they're pretty out of the way from the rest of campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The coursework is difficult but the professors make it easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to your professors outside of class; there are office hours for a reason! Don't be shy to talk to people, they are usually just as willing to have a chat as you are. If you need help in your courses or need help with your schedule there is always a place to go, TAKE ADVANTAGE

    In three sentences

    This school is one of the most beautiful and well respected business schools on this side of the country. Everyone on campus is here to help each other succeed and give back to their community. The University of San Diego encompasses the ideal university by having professors who love their subjects and are willing and happy to help their students succeed, other students who are grounded and respectful, and an amazing variety of experiences offered through different departments.

  • 11/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food at USD is great, so anybody who is concerned about the choice of food at USD should not worry because they give you plenty of options for dining.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice and usually the environment is very welcoming, and there is nearly always something to do.

    Academic Rigor

    At USD, I feel that having small encapsulated class sizes helps students get more help from the professors. So when a class is challenging students can seek help from their teachers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look in to financial aid, because USD is anything, but affordable

    In three sentences

    The University of San Diego, is an expensive school, but if your finances are steady enough USD is a great option. The campus is beautiful and the professors are very easy to approach due to small class sizes. Anybody looking to go to a small college that can afford it should consider USD.

  • 11/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    not really a big thing on campus. There actually very quiet and stay to themselves.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are all about school. Not good for those who want to party and go to school.

    What to do for fun

    veryone goes to the beach for fun, also it is San Diego there are plenty of things to do and places to go.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you come here be ready to work. Some teachers will work with you but most will not. Outside of school it is a beautiful campus and has a great view of the city.

    In three sentences

    Classes are challenging. Teachers are tough! The degree is the ultimate goal.

  • 12/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Sporty, fun, outgoing, surfers, and people who just like to have a nice time :)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a school seal on the Maher Hall and traditions says that if you step on it you will not graduate in 4 years :0

    What to do for fun

    It's San Diego, what can't you do? Zoo, Museums, beaches, parties, Tijuana, etc :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard! Take AP's they make a difference.

    In three sentences

    The school is beautiful!! I wake up everyday happy to see such an amazing view. Also, the professors and people are extremely nice.

  • 12/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    It's close to lots of fun places in San Diego, like the beach, old town, down town, fashion valley mall, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of good places to eat! Healthy, appealing restaurants and cafes!

    Dorm Life

    From what I've heard it's ok.

    Tips for prospective students

    Lots of work should be expected!

    In three sentences

    I love USD! Great academics, faculty, and campus!

  • 01/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Great

    Greek Life

    50% in Greek Life

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 200 organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    Wealthy, beautiful, and determined.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The view of Mission Bay from the back of the IPJ.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Surfing, beach, downtown San Diego, snow skiing, sailing, lacrosse, squash.

    Food and Dining

    Superior to any dining facility you will find elsewhere. It is gourmet at its best.

    Dorm Life

    Beautiful dorms, beautiful people, beautiful buildings.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging but manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school is ascending the ranks very quickly. At only 60 years old, this private institution is becoming world-renowned.

    In three sentences

    It is an exceptional campus with a beautiful environment, outstanding professors, and an incredible student body. As a resplendent castle above Mission Bay, USD is an an unparalleled bastion of academic excellence. I am looking forward to graduation.

  • 02/11/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Definitely feel safe on campus day and night.

    What to do for fun

    there are many things on campus to do but if you need to leave campus San Diego is a great place to enjoy as well as Mission Bay which can be seen from campus

    Food and Dining

    food was great and various eating places within walking distance of the main campus

    Dorm Life

    dorms look great with a wonderful scenic view

    Academic Rigor

    While keeping with the academic rigor USD allows for personal interests

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, visit campus

    In three sentences

    Great School, visited there twice and enjoyed both visits. Interested in architect and had a wonderful visit with the Head of the Dept. Enjoyed the classes and diverse population.

  • 03/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have an emergency and non-emergency number that are available 24/7. We emergency poles posted around campus; our USD Public Safety officers patrol the campus all night. We are emailed alerts about incidents on campus and places where many students congregate (like Mission Beach). Public Safety will give you a ride across campus to chaperone you if you feel unsafe traveling by yourself.

    Greek Life

    I've only heard great things about Greek Life. I'm not in a sorority, but I might rush next year. I've heard it's a lot of fun and you get to meet so many people.

    Clubs and Activities

    USD is huge on clubs; we have a club/organization fair every semester for students to explore and possibly find their niche. It's very easy to get involved and a group for practically anything and everything exists. And if it doesn't exist, you can make your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love getting involved with their school would fit in great here. There are many opportunities to mingle with others and get to know faculty and professors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Run at least once in the trail beside Manchester Field. It can be creepy, so be on the lookout, but it's a wonderful little private place to hang out. Lots of hills for a good jog!

    Bang for the buck

    Go to the balconies of Maher, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, or Shiley-Marcos SciTech building at night to see the skyline of San Diego. Stand outside Copley Library at the end of the day to catch the SeaWorld Shamu fireworks show. In the daylight, walk to the west side of campus and you can see the ocean.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club or organization that hosts night events! Do an intramural sport-excersise and teammates without the stress of being on varsity! Take the tram to Old Town or the trolley to the mall and walk around and tempt yourself to spend money. Jump in one of the many fountains on campus, but don't get caught!

    Food and Dining

    As far as college food goes, USD is great. No it's not PF Changs but the school has lots of food options and flexible enough hours. You can make it work with a little planning. Find a group or friend to go to dinner at the SLP with because that'll save you a lot of money avoiding spending Dining Dollars or eating out.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is dorm life: it's not a five star hotel. But it definitely could be worse! Every RA I've met wants to connect with you and make your life easier. There are plenty of programs set up to connect students to each other and get people to meet each other and make friends. Sometimes you won't like your roommates, but be polite and civil in all situations; you don't have to live with them forever.

    Academic Rigor

    The semesters are long, so be prepared to digest a whole ton of information. Every professor is trying to get you to learn as much as possible with the time they have; know that you might feel overwhelmed at times. There is so much support for students, however, and if you look, you will always be able to find someone who can relate to you. Be prepared to hit the books.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't underestimate the power of scholarships; push yourself to complete those essay and explore all opportunities. Have a few goals set pertaining to what you want out of college; know that your game plan will most likely change, but always keep your eyes on the prize: graduation and a degree! Keep in mind that college is not high school! Even the smartest of us bust our butts to keep our grades up.

    In three sentences

    I have only ever experience professors who truly love their field of study. Things can get a bit pricey, but overall I would say it's worth the sacrifice. USD really cares about its students and wants to help everyone excel.

  • 09/24/2014

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    What to do for fun

    play badminton

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus, lovely san diego weather