« on: April 05, 2005, 12:28:28 AM »
I am prob just as tired after my 3 hour drive down from LA, but I will add my 2 cnets in from USD Admit Day as well. Yeah definitely I had forgotten how mioimal the San Diego traffic is, especially if you are used to LA or the OC. The parking is very convenient and the campus I think is really nice. Its kinda mission style and its very clean looking and well maintained. Everyone there i encountered, the dean, administrative staff, faculty, and current students were super friendly and accomodating and all seemed happy to be where they were.
The lady with career services said that 55 percent of USD grads stay in SD and 88 perecent in CA, but like Starresky said people can get a job other places, they just have to do a little more legwork. Later I asked the tour guide about career services and he said they are very proactive, that he didnt use them cuz he had his own connections, but they definitely followed up with him a lot. They have an open house on November 1 and then they work on getting a sharp resume and cover letter together with you.
After that we went to the courtoom, which compared to Loyola's, which is the only other school I have visited, is not quite as nice, but definitely still adequate. The professor was very engaging and seemed to get a lot of people involved in a nonintimidating way in a so called introduction to the Socratic method.
As far as the campus tour i'll add a few more tidbits i learned from our tour guide. He said the same about studying abroad, great grade boost, less difficult courses, more time to immerese yourself in other cultures. He also mentioned that they have a great health insurance program, its something like 500 bucks for a year of medical with a 50 dollar deductible per semester and almost everything is covered. he also mentioned that the health facility on campus is very good.
At lunch i was talking to the assistant dean of admissions who mentioned that there were approx 5200 applicants this year and they would accept 1200. He said they had so far accepted 1050 so there are still more acceptances coming. He also asked our table how much everyone paid attnetion to US NEws rankings and i told him, you have no idea, he should have seen some of the law school sites when the rankings first got leaked. A professor told our table that the while USD's faculty and law review had a really good reputation, the reason that usd wasnt as well known nationally is because most people dont want to leave san diego, so usd isnt represnted as well elsewhere, altho he said there was a farily large USD contingent in NEW Mexico and Arizona. I can definitely see that, its hard to beat the city of San Diego, its definitely not a hard sell for admissions. The professor said also that lots of students are research assitants for the professors, esp during 1L summer, due to the smaller classes and the friendliness of the professors. I have talked to maybe 4-5 professors there, and they have all seemed very nice, and outr tour guide reiterated that as well.
My overall impression is that if you want to stay in San Diego, USD reigns supreme and is very well respected. Also it seems like, and students and professors both commented on it, that students are very helpful with each other and all get along very well.
So starresky, after today, where do u stand? Is USD still near the top of your list? BTW, yeah anyone have any questions of stuff I misseed, feel free to ask