<p>I don't believe I've met anyone who has called UCI's social life vibrant. It's largely a commuter school. If you live in OC and consider SD far, it's time to get out of your comfort zone and SD is a much better school.</p>
<p>If your a science major possible want a be, it may be difficult to get into a science major as UCSD's sciences have officially become impacted starting Fall 09 so freshman who are admmited get into their major directly. It is much harder to delare science major later on. They list the steps you must take on their web site. Not sure about other majors.
If tht is not an issue, make a list of +'s and -'s. IMO UCSD is more social than UCI and has a more "residential" feel as well. The college system is much different than UCI to determine if it will work for you.</p>
<p>OKAY FIRST of all college itself will be a new exciting experience. Even if you lived down the block from UCI. Restrictions? cmon now your parents are not gonna stalk you at school. UCI probably has more social kids. Most importantly, if the school doesn't feel right then it's not for you. this may sound silly, but gut instincts are a very important factor in choosing you're college. Good luck! and update us.</p>