UCSD or UCI

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    May 17, 2011 10:04 PM GMT
    Hey guys, was wondering if I could get some help on something on my mind.

    I'm heading off to college and I can't truly choose a school to go to right now. After receiving my college acceptances, it all boiled down to UCI and UCSD. Now I visited both schools and I loved both. However, I couldn't decide on which college because I wasn't too sure what I wanted from college. So I let chance decide and most, if not all, the time it was UCSD. However, when I made my decision, I felt like I was influenced by a friend to go to UCI because she was heading off there. Now UCSD was kind enough to allow me another decision and I can't help but argue in my head which one to go to. I was wondering if I could get some feedback on both schools and maybe some things around the school. I'm looking for a school that has a balance between social and academics.

    I would appreciate it if I could get feedback before Thursday so I can mail in my SIR soon. I appreciate any feedback that you guys are willing to put in!
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    May 17, 2011 10:10 PM GMT
    It really depends on what you want to major in, and what path you want to take.

    Remember, unless you are in Law school or Med school, no one cares what school you went to or what your GPA was for the most part. Its really about how well you can relate to other people.

    We cant answer this for you man, you have to answer it for yourself.

    And going to school with a friend can be weird, I went to my school by myself and loved all the different people I met.

    My brother went to school with his friends, and he has a hard time meeting other people know.

    So pick your poison.
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    May 17, 2011 10:15 PM GMT
    thanks Chainers, I appreciate the response. Yea I suppose that's what's going to happen if I go to UCI but I have to admit I'm a little scared of moving away from home so that somewhat inhibits me. UCI is closest to me so I'm thinking of heading off to UCSD to experience something new.
  • kietkat

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    May 17, 2011 11:58 PM GMT
    I did my undergrad at ucsd (biochem) Revelle. The school definitely has quite a few resources available to students as well as top-notch research facilities. I was in the HHMI scholars program. If you're a chem or bio major then this university would be a good choice.
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    May 18, 2011 12:01 AM GMT
    They are both good schools (both very expensive too) and offer different things. I lived in SD and am partial to the area. Irvine is strip mall/housing development community, but it is more convenient to LA.

    I think you'll like either school, win/win.
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    May 18, 2011 12:23 AM GMT
    Aiyomikeo saidHey guys, was wondering if I could get some help on something on my mind.

    I'm heading off to college and I can't truly choose a school to go to right now. After receiving my college acceptances, it all boiled down to UCI and UCSD. Now I visited both schools and I loved both. However, I couldn't decide on which college because I wasn't too sure what I wanted from college. So I let chance decide and most, if not all, the time it was UCSD. However, when I made my decision, I felt like I was influenced by a friend to go to UCI because she was heading off there. Now UCSD was kind enough to allow me another decision and I can't help but argue in my head which one to go to. I was wondering if I could get some feedback on both schools and maybe some things around the school. I'm looking for a school that has a balance between social and academics.

    I would appreciate it if I could get feedback before Thursday so I can mail in my SIR soon. I appreciate any feedback that you guys are willing to put in!
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    What do you plan to major in?
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    May 18, 2011 12:25 AM GMT
    kietkat saidI did my undergrad at ucsd (biochem) Revelle. The school definitely has quite a few resources available to students as well as top-notch research facilities. I was in the HHMI scholars program. If you're a chem or bio major then this university would be a good choice.


    I remember Revelle.

    I started at Fifth, which became Roosevelt during freshman year. I transferred to Muir during my sophomore year. ;)
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    May 18, 2011 2:29 AM GMT
    In terms of UCI there isn't much around, most things to do are in neighboring cities. (too far to walk to, but just close enough to drive to). It's very suburban, and unless you have a car or know someone that has one, going out isn't going to be convenient at all. Parking permits are expensive as hell, too.

    Overall, it's a school that tries to deter the students to really go anywhere. At least that's how I feel, but someone might digress. It does keep the school very safe, which is a good trade off I suppose. Frats don't really have parties on campus here either because they're not allowed to. Thursday night they have shuttles that people go on to get shipped to the parties. If you're transferring it's not going to be the easiest to transition into since most people by now already have their cliques formed. If you're a freshman though usually it's not that hard to make friends. I came in as a transfer and so far it's been tough, but then again I might just a loser or something. icon_lol.gif I also didn't join a frat because I don't have time, but have heard it's a good way of meeting people.

    The LGBT club at school is pretty active, I've been to a few of their events, although not a ton of people show up to the venues, but it's a good way of meeting others. Although there's cons to the people you meet there, too. However, I won't get into that unless you want me to. Overall the school itself isn't that bad. It's definitely one of the younger UCs, so it hasn't had time to build it's rep yet. Although the main thing like everyone else says is it depends on your major.icon_biggrin.gif

    I can't say anything for SD because I don't go there, but I wish you luck with your decision

    PS this post has been influenced by my experience, so it may differ for you of course.
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    May 18, 2011 2:36 AM GMT
    what's the cost difference? (not just tuition, but overall cost of attendance including housing, food, etc)

    unless one of them specializes in something you want to study, go to the cheaper option. if you're doing liberal arts or a generic science (like biology or chemistry), it makes no difference at the end of the day where you end up. your goal right now should be to strike a balance between minimizing debt and maximizing your college experience.
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    May 18, 2011 2:44 AM GMT
    Dude, UCSD is awesome! Their library is sweet and they have great science programs. I'm considering UCSD for grad school...San Diego is beautiful.
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    May 18, 2011 2:54 AM GMT
    PotatoPotato saidDude, UCSD is awesome! Their library is sweet and they have great science programs. I'm considering UCSD for grad school...San Diego is beautiful.



    I agree. Having applied and accepted into their Ph.D. Chemistry program, let me tell you it is probably just as hard to get into UCSD as UC Berkeley or dare I say Scripps Research Institute. My friend graduated cum laude in addition to an upper 90% score on the GRE subject test got rejected lol.
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    May 18, 2011 3:16 AM GMT
    I'd pick SDSU cause they have D1 sports. UCI is... ummm anteaters and nothing else. College isnt about the classes, its about the sports and social interactions icon_smile.gif
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    May 18, 2011 3:29 AM GMT
    i had the same problem but it was between 3 schools, berkeley carnegie mellon and princeton. When I really looked at my choices I realized that I was only excited about berkeley because I thought it was cool to get in from out of state and my parents made me apply to princeton.....carnegie was the only place that I just chose to apply to organically and felt at home at.

    Sometimes your feeling for a place will defy logic

    My school has shitty weather, too much homework, and no black people and yet I enjoy it. If someone had told me all of these things before hand I would have went somewhere else I think........I guess what I'm trying to say is don't let other peoples opinions influence whatever gut feeling you have inside..............that sounds so fucking corny but its true. icon_biggrin.gif
  • ohioguy12

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    May 18, 2011 4:18 AM GMT
    I don't know much about either school, but going to college in an urban area is usually helpful in terms of networking, gaining connection, and internships.
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    May 18, 2011 4:19 AM GMT
    Not trying to start a flame war as I have never actually come across a UCI alum in my life to the best of my knowledge. But one of the professors on my dissertation committee was a UCSD alum and she was smartttttttttttttttttt. As in much more intelligent, engaging, small talk-y, and advice-y than my Ivy League overlords. She earned all of her degrees there. Which was a compelling justification of their scholarly environment as well as her own potential that the admissions committee had clearly understood well from each separate admissions package from bachelors to doctorate.

    It is not really on point to what you seem to be looking for (the social aspects) but I felt it was worth chiming in that they turn out brilliant academics - which influenced my decisions of where I studied and I hope that plays some small part in your own decision, rather than the blithe social/frat party junk aspects of university life which are highly fungible and largely forgettable six months after graduation.
  • westguy79

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    May 18, 2011 4:54 AM GMT
    UCSD has a better overall reputation. It was my 2nd choice (Loyola Chicago was my first and I went there). The in-state tuition I would have paid would have been awesome, but instead i went for a pricey private university. I'm glad I came to Illinois, because my experiences here have shaped me to be the person I am today.

    Pick the place where you'll think you'll become the best version of yourself. icon_smile.gif
    Good luck!
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    May 18, 2011 5:16 AM GMT
    UCSD
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    May 18, 2011 2:11 PM GMT
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    Aiyomikeo saidHey guys, was wondering if I could get some help on something on my mind.

    I'm heading off to college and I can't truly choose a school to go to right now. After receiving my college acceptances, it all boiled down to UCI and UCSD. Now I visited both schools and I loved both. However, I couldn't decide on which college because I wasn't too sure what I wanted from college. So I let chance decide and most, if not all, the time it was UCSD. However, when I made my decision, I felt like I was influenced by a friend to go to UCI because she was heading off there. Now UCSD was kind enough to allow me another decision and I can't help but argue in my head which one to go to. I was wondering if I could get some feedback on both schools and maybe some things around the school. I'm looking for a school that has a balance between social and academics.

    I would appreciate it if I could get feedback before Thursday so I can mail in my SIR soon. I appreciate any feedback that you guys are willing to put in!
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    What do you plan to major in?


    I'm a political science major with a minor in biological sciences. And I do feel an affinity towards UCSD but it's slowly changing now that it's been a few weeks since the original deadline. I aPpreciate the help you guys rock!
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    May 18, 2011 2:14 PM GMT
    Anteaters FTW