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“Prestigous Professors, Lacking Administration”
March 2018FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Great class offerings and professors, Great researchers and research opportunities

Downers

The cost of the school

The administration can make errors that significantly impact students and can take their time correcting them causing unneeded stress

Comments

This school is very strong in many areas especially business and marine science. These departments have very connected teachers that will significantly help in securing amazing jobs.

Would You Recommend

Yes

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Core classes- decent programs. The music program needs work!

Quality of Life

Housing is expensive, but San Diego is lovely

Admissions

Early action

Level

4

Graduation Year

2011

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

At USD the sky is truly the limit. The courses are rigorous, but are not impossible. With appropriate studying and note taking one can achieve high grades. The majors in all areas are designed to give the student a strong foundation in their area of concentration with available concentrations to further specialize ones major, and a broad spectrum of requirements for wach major that will give the student a broad view of all aspects of their major. The class sizes are typically less than 30 students, and this allows one to get easy access to the professor. Academic advising is great. They really care about our goals and advisors do what they can to help us along our path. For students interested, there are always research opportunities offered in many different areas of interest, and professors, advisors, and others always email you if they feel that you will be interested. Students do not compete against each other for grades as most professors do not curve. Grades are the responsibility of the student to maintain and you only compete against yourself. You have every opportunity to excel at USD if you utilize their resources. As far as study abroad goes, USD is one of the top schools for study abroad with programs available in several countries and continents.

Quality of Life

I love absolutely everything at USD. The campus is gorgeous, the housing is great as well. All of the buildings on campus are gorgeous and very well maintained. The dining is world class with many restaurants available on campus that all serve good food. There are two libraries on campus. One is available for quiet studying and to be able to study on your own and in peace, the other library allows one to do studying in a group setting and not worry about bothering others. USD is in a pretty good neighborhood, and crime is very minimal on campus. I am completely happy being on campus.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2013

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Small classrooms with professors who are very available and ready to help.

Quality of Life

Amazing.

Admissions

I applied with the USD application for early decision which was awesome.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2011

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Difficult, but small classes offer a lot of individual attention

Quality of Life

Wonderful

Admissions

There was a unique application from USD, and the scholarship opportunities were fantastic.

Level

4

Graduation Year

2011

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

The general requirements are similar to those from other campuses, but being that USD is a Catholic university, there are required religion courses. As for the major degree requirements, there are plenty to chose from and not all classes are required but they all are very interesting. You are assigned to a specific advisor, and they help select your classes every semester as well as make sure that you stay on track. USD has a very small class size, which makes it much easier to access your professors, and creates a more personal learning environment. There are plenty of opportunities to study abroad, and for those students who don't even dream of studying abroad because of their financial aid situation, there are scholarships that cover the majority and up to whole of the costs.

Quality of Life

USD is a beautiful campus, with a Spanish architectural feel. The dining is a little expensive, but it is also delicious.The campus is so relaxed, that its hard to become stressed by all of the homework professors assign, all you have to do is go sit by one of the fountains and all your worries disappear.

Admissions

As a transfer student, I have applied to a few schools but I have to say that USD's application was definitely the most inventive. The application does call for a letter of recommendation, but it also requires for it's applicants to submit a personal essay so they can get a feel for the applicant. Because USD is a private school, the tuition is a little steep, but there are plenty of financial aid and scholarship opportunities. And, USD makes all of these funds easily available to it's students.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2012

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

The general requirements are just demanding enough to give students a good view and basic understanding of all of the school departments. The classes are small, and teachers are very easy to access. While the classes are challenging, students and teachers work together to gain a better understanding of the material.

Quality of Life

Housing is very good and well-worth the money. The facilities, campus, and library are all amazing. There are many different places to choose from to eat. There is some crime in the next neighborhood up the street, but USD is safe. It is very close to the beaches and downtown, which is a huge plus.

Level

4

Graduation Year

2011

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