Comparing UCSD classes with community college classes
So I'm a new transfer admit, and I'd just like to know how much harder classes at UCSD are.
I'd imagine at the very least, the upper division courses are going to be way harder than the lower division courses I'm taking right now, but are the classes just much harder in general?
Any transfer students care to give me your take on this? Right now these biology prereqs at Mesa College/City College are extremely easy for me, is this all going to change when I get to UCSD and start taking upper division classes?
I haven't taken community college classes, but from what I've heard, ucsd is a lot harder (although it probably depends a lot on the course, the professor, etc.). There might not be too much of a difference between lower division classes at ucsd and classes at the community college, but expect much bigger differences at the upper division level
at ucsd your in a room full of people who had greater than 4.0's in high school.
so your in the room with these people and you take an exam. the class average for the exam score is say 50%. if you score 50% you get a c+ grade. if you score below the average you get a D and above you get a b or better.
now keep in mind that you are competing against these over achievers.
Location: UCSD --> USC '12 (wish I was still at UCSD)
^^ Exactly. If you fall behind, (unless you're inherently ridiculously smart) then you're up for some pretty tough competition because a lot of other students in your class have been studying for hoursss.
"at ucsd your in a room full of people who had greater than 4.0's in high school."
^But most of our GPAs were weighted anyway...
I wasn't even in the top 10% of my class (as were so many other people in my class who were also accepted)...
It doesn't mean I'm not "smart" though, I obviously had good SAT/ACT scores, etc. It was just that my class was competitive.
With that said, I think you're going to find all types (by types, I'm referring to their GPA) of people in your classes. But also, I don't think anyone's GPA determines how good they will do in a class. Thus, saying that just because there will be many people with 4.0+ in your class does not mean it will be really difficult. That's just one factor.
It's one factor that is highly indicative of how much they're going to succeed in the class, I don't think he meant anything more than that. That's in contrast to community college classes, where a very small fraction of the class had a 4.0+ in high school, and it's much easier.