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The University of California San Diego

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Tips mention: Interview (0), ACT/SAT (25), Grades (38), Sports/Extracurriculars (23), College Essay (13)
I applied to get in and I got inFeb 11 2005Civil Engineering
I applied to get in and I got in. Just get good grades in High School and a good SAT score.
SAT: 1140 Male
In short, I got extremely high grades in challengingSep 08 2004Computer Science
In short, I got extremely high grades in challenging classes in high school. I had a decent enough SAT, and some experience in my chosen field. Not much else beyond that.
SAT: 1250 Male
First of all, I chose UCSD primarily because ofSep 08 2004Computer Science
First of all, I chose UCSD primarily because of location and campus environment. The air is clean, the grounds are well kept. Of course, you pay a premium for it when you decide to live off campus (rent). The people are decidedly chill and the atmosphere is much more laid back than the hustle of LA. The roads are wider, and there are better drivers here. And if you like the beach and the expanse of area compared to LA, UCSD is a good bet.

The engineering program is rather strong. However, most classes focus strictly on theory and are non-existent in real world application (which seem to conflict with the student make-up, which are mostly economically minded individuals). You will not leave prepared with any sort of real-world skillset. I can count on one hand the number of classes that benefitted my professional life. You will need some initiative. However, due to my laziness in developing relationships and network, I took advantage of the career center and was able to land several internships and a job right out of college without any real effort.

The six college setup helps to vary an otherwise tame campus. You feel like you're stepping onto new territory every time you leave one and enter another. I was in Muir, whose building exterior and dorm room interiors are reminiscent of prison cells. Classes are massive, you have to be a standout to stand out. Not smart per se, but get involved. Personally, it was easy for me to do well enough with just some light studying. Engineering assignments are contrived and straightforward. I never felt any academic pressure. I spent more time aimlessly at the beach, day and night, and will be something I miss whenever I move out of La Jolla.

There are a few nice restaurants and shops directly outside campus. It quickly gets boring. The food gets boring, but gets better as you explore the outlying suburban areas. There is also nightlife downtown. For all this, you will need a car. Social life is next to nil if you don't pursue it.

Overall, I would say UCSD is a good school, but nothing extraordinary comes to mind. There is a lack of school pride, due to lack of any sports program. Everyone sticks to their own. Basically, you come here to study and take a break whenever you can.
SAT: 1250 Male

Submitted my SAT scores (1320), High school GPA (3Jul 19 2004Design Arts - Industrial Design/Graphic Design/etc
Submitted my SAT scores (1320), High school GPA (3.9), personal essay, teacher recommendation letters (2) and listed my extracurricular activities (basketball team, ping pong team, chess team, church/fellowship leadership)
SAT: 1320 Male
UCSD has a very quantitative admissions systemJul 10 2004Biology
UCSD has a very quantitative admissions system. All applications are assigned a certain number of points based on SAT scores, GPA and extra curricular activities. Those applicantions which score the highest points are accepted. Well it is most important that you provide a strong application by scoring high and generally showing that you live an inspired life, it also helps to know the ins and outs of this point system. For instance, being a member of a student org might be worth X points, but being a leader in that org might be worth 2X points. As UCSD has become insanely incredibly competitive over the last few years, to put your best foot forward you might try asking the admissions office how points are assigned to insure that you achievements recieve the number of points they deserve. The alumni association recently printed an article on the subject, which if you can find will be helpful to you.
SAT: 1400 Male
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