Any Questions about UCSD?

<p>Admission decisions are out!!! </p>

<p>And I'm sure that you all have questions about UCSD (anything at all -- social, academic, Admit Day, etc)! I'll be happy to answer them! </p>

<p>Start Posting!!</p>

<p>1) How hard is it to double major at UCSD?
2) What is the first week like?
3) How are the intramural sports?</p>

<p>1] hows the social life
2] are the majors in the "Chemistry and Biochemistry" category impacted? I just know that everything in "Biological Sciences" counts as impacted.
3] is UCSD likely to give the same amount of gift-aid every year? i got 16k for freshman year but i'm not sure if they'll give me the same amount my sophomore, junior, or senior year.</p>

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<li><p>Depends on what college you are in. If you are in a college with easier GE's (like Muir), then you will have more time to devote your time to double majoring. However, no matter what college you are in, if you push yourself and don't slack off, double majoring is always possible. Remember that you will probably switch majors throughout your college career. </p></li>
<li><p>FIRST WEEK is great!!!!!!! It's called Week 0, so there are no classes. It is a time to meet new people and participate in various activities and there no work to stress about. You will wish that every quarter has a Week 0, but they don't :(. From what I remember, there's an All-Campus Dance, and lots of booths on Library Walk trying to interest you into joining their organization (Frats, Sororities, Clubs, etc) and always FREE FOOD!! :D </p></li>
<li><p>There are so many intramural sports (and fun ones, I must say) like volleyball, soccer, basketball, etc) Here's the link: UCSD</a> Recreation Intramurals. What you do is you find people who you want to play with and create a team, then you register, pay a fee and then compete!! Always fun :D</p></li>
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<p>iownchopsticks: </p>

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<li><p>The social life is what you make of it. No doubt there are parties and social events, but you have to take the initiative to find them! For example, if you want to party all the time, join a sorority or a fraternity. If you don't think the Greek scene is for you, there is ALWAYS something to do on campus. I must say that UCSD is one of the few fortunate campuses to have an active Associated Students Concerts and Events organization. This means that there are always concerts/music events (at least once a month) held at the Loft, The Pub, Ballrooms, and these include Fall Fest, Bear Gardens, and the most anticipated event of the year SUN GOD festival. There's also random dances throughout the year and many talented artists come to perform!! Also, each college has their own semi-formal dance as well as their own Music Festival (Rockin' Roosevelt, Warren Live, Muirstock..etc) Don't worry about the social life, you'll find your place :D. And because of that you can always be on top your academics if you time manage and prioritize well! </p></li>
<li><p>YES, all biological sciences majors are impacted because almost half the school is pre-med. You should be very happy that you were accepted as a biological science major :D because that means you deserved it. </p></li>
<li><p>Your financial aid depends on your FAFSA that you need to file each year. So if your parents make more money than last year or something along those lines, your aid will fluctuate depending on what your family reports in FAFSA. But it is unlikely that your financial aid will change if your parents make relatively the same amount each year. Also, the better grades you get, the better your financial aid. If you get below a 3.0, then some of your aid will stop renewing itself.</p></li>
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<li>What are some good places to study besides the library? Especially during midterms and finals?</li>
<li>Is it easy to befriend students from other colleges?</li>
<li>Are sororities and fraternities only good for partying?</li>
<li>What is the best mode of transportation?</li>
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<p>for my question #3.. my household income should stay exactly the same if not lower for the next 4 years but my parents are scared that since the UC's are desperate for money they'll refuse to give money later on for my sophomore, junior, or senior year. is that true?</p>

<p>What exactly happens at Admit Day? And what's the purpose behind it?</p>

<p>Objection:
1. For a university that consists of around 20,000 undergraduates, there are plenty of study places to meet everyone's studying needs. Besides the 7 floors of Geisel library, there are other libraries (CLICS at Revelle, BioMedical Library, one at ERC...). There is also Price Center, open 24 hours every week day and until 2am on Friday and weekends where you can also get food. Other places include the Computer/Science Engineering Lab at Warren, where you can access computers, various study lounges on each floor of each Res Hall and a general college study lounge at each of the six colleges (Warren Student Activity Center, Sixth's Commuter Lounge/Digital Play Room, ...and etc) Most places are open 24 hours during Finals Week. Also, there is this place called the TreeHouse in the Old Student Center ...and many many many more... </p>

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<li><p>Yes! In most GE classes like math or science where many freshman take, you will be in classes with freshman from all colleges. Also, join clubs or organizations so that you can meet other freshmen and even upperclassmen. I think people mostly make friends with people in their college because they live with them or have the same events/classes to they take together, but its nice to have friends in other colleges. Most freshman are open to meeting new people no matter what so you don't need to worry. </p></li>
<li><p>Hm.. there may be different opinions about that.. but from my personal perspective, I would say for the most part. The Greek life are composed of people who like to party. They advertise that they build brother and sisterhoods and etc, which is a good thing, but the flaw is that you have to pay each quarter, which is a bummer. Hence, many people think that if you are in a Greek system, you are basically paying to have friends.. and you will only have your frat/sorority people as your friends since you spend most of your time with them. There are ways to find parties without becoming Greek! However, some co-ed fraternities are actually beneficial because some are like business frats that help you build skills for the future and network. Try rushing and see if you like it. </p></li>
<li><p>Depends where you want to go. If you want to go and explore San Diego (because UCSD is in the wealthy spoiled city of La Jolla), it is convenient to have a car, but you need to pay for a parking permit ($500/year). You can always take the bus as well (free with your student ID card). But if you mean what is the best mode of transportation at school, your best bet would be skateboarding/longboarding, but be careful, people have died and eaten **** lol. You can take the shuttle bus throughout campus if you like to wait. There is always the option of walking because you can always walk everywhere. Biking is not as popular because you need to find a place to lock your bike and you are not permitted to bike (or skateboard) at some places at certain times. So... I recommend walking or skateboarding/longboarding if you are up to the exercise.</p></li>
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<p>iownchopsticks: </p>

<p>Okay, so the 32% tuition increase has already been implemented, so by the time you come to UCSD, you will already be paying that tuition increase, so your fees wouldn't change. But since you are receiving financial aid, you don't need to worry about it because the financial aid is adjusted around the tuition increase (they gave you more financial aid to pay for the tuition increase). Basically, the tuition increase just screws over the middle class who don't get financial aid and have to pay more.</p>

<p>@clarkfobes "Biking is not as popular because you need to find a place to lock your bike and you are not permitted to bike (or skateboard) at some places at certain times."</p>

<p>I agree that biking is not as popular, but I still bike everywhere on campus. It's not hard to find bike locking places, and come on, you're not permitted to bike at some places at certain times? You know that's a lie, they don't enforce anything, and really the only place like that is Library Walk which is pointless to bike across anyway.</p>

<p>graciee: </p>

<p>Admit Day, which is on April 8th this year (8am to 2pm), is a time for admitted students to get a feel of what UCSD is like and what UCSD has to offer. There are campus tours and open houses. It's main point is to try to convince admitted students that they should come to UCSD. Basically, all the departments and clubs/orgs each have a table/booth and are there to answer any questions you may have and give you fliers and information about the school. There are also many freebies like sunscreen, keychains, waterbottles...etc so why not check out UCSD for the free stuff too?</p>

<p>Isn't Admit Day on April 10th?</p>

<p>Thanks for the answers, Clark!</p>

<p>Do you any info about TMC? I don't see any real posts about the college.</p>

<p>I'm wondering if there is a minimum senior gpa that ucsd requires after you get in</p>

<p>@mademiche</p>

<p>APRIL 10th!! Sorry, not april 8th, made a mistake...was thinking about SPACES Overnight Program..</p>

<p>@objection: No Problem! I'm happy to answer! Hm.. do you have any specific questions about TMC? Well..... the dining hall (Oceanview Terrace) is the favorite of most people and they have pretty good GE's and they hold Marshallpalooza (carnival event)!!!</p>

<p>@free921: </p>

<p>I believe the general UC rule is that you need to pass all your classes (no D or F's) or else they can revoke your admissions. As for UCSD, you need to maintain a weighted 3.0 GPA, but try not to slack off even though it is the last semester of your senior year.</p>

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<li>How's human biology at UCSD? I heard it's one of the rather hard ones ..</li>
<li>Can you tell me more about Sixth College?</li>
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<p>Regarding Greek life on campus:
As a member of the greek community myself, i'd have to slightly disagree with clarkfobes opinion about the greek system. Yes, i do agree that a large aspect of greek life is the social aspect (parties, exchanges, sisterhoods, brotherhoods), there is more than just parties. As a member of Chi Omega (one of the sororities for those unfamiliar), one of the greatest sources of pride regarding my own experiences is the philanthropy side. Chi O, especially the chapter here at ucsd, works closely with the Make-A-Wish foundation and we were actually able to grant a wish for a girl around our age this last fall quarter.
Yes we do have to pay dues each quarter, but this is how the greek system will work at each university you go to. And of course there's the shared idea that you're paying to have friends, but if that really bothers you then don't join.
And most of my friends are not my sisters, but people in my college. I don't spend all my time with my sisters, and i do invest a lot of time in orgs in my college. Maybe i'm the exception, but it's not impossible to have lots of friends outside of your frat/sorority.
But yes, there are definitely other options you can pursue if you are interested in partying and don't want the commitment of greek life.
I'd say rush even if you have the slightest interest, you might find something you never thought you'd find.</p>