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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Loyola vs USD vs Chapman
« on: November 14, 2006, 01:09:36 AM »
Not to sound like a rank whore, but I'd drop Chapman out of this "race" if you have the option for any of the 3.

As far as Loyola v USD goes. I'm at USD and I absolutely LOVE it. Like Cal said GO BEARS! Wait, no, that's off topic. But he's right, USD isn't in the best of neighborhoods in SD, BUT the campus itself is SUPER Safe. There's a guard at the major entrances and there are campus police ALL OVER campus. Granted there's probably less than 5 cops actively roaming the campus at any one time, but the size and setup of the campus makes it so that 2 or 3 would be more than enough and they never stop driving around. Even at like 2 or 3 in the morning (and yes, I have been on campus during those times).

Climate, can't beat it and I've lived in LA, the bay area and SD now. SD by far has the best climate. Housing/area really depends on where you choose to live. San Diego isn't a huge community so you can find just about any kind of neighborhood within 15 min of the school. If you really want to stay close to campus, there are areas within 5 min of campus that aren't bad areas at all. Job placement, we got the market cornered in SD, but I'm not too sure about if you want to go outside of SD. Realistically, (as I was told by career services just last week), the avg. student graduating from USD makes about $75k starting and almost all at 2-25 lawyer firms. SD is a small legal community so there aren't that many huge firms for you to go into if you want to stay in SD anyways.

Loyola I don't know much about so I'll refrain from commenting too much. I just know the USD neighborhood is MUCH better than the Loyola neighborhood and it's a hell of a lot less prisony.

2) Politically, I'm not all that aware of how the school leans. It's probably because it's not something we make a big issue of. It can of course also be because I'm oblivious to it. One thing I can say is from the few professors I have, some lean left and the others don't really show their political views in class. As far as being gay goes, I definitely don't think it's an issue (at least not within the school). You can be open about it or you don't have to be. I think if you are, people will react no different from anywhere else. People are from all over the place and A LOT are from CA in general so I definitely don't think it's going to be an issue more than any other school in CA. I also don't think it's an issue within the community, but I a bit new here and, in all honesty, not all that attuned to the gay culture here.

3) Career opportunities outside of SD will be tough. I'm not saying you won't be able to go elsewhere, but it will require you to put in some effort if you're not at the top of the class (hell, even if you are it may not be all that easy to go outside the SD community).

4) I always think it's necessary to have a car. I'm from LA, I always need a car. That said, I can't say you "need" one per se. The public transpo here is not the best, but it's certainly better than LA. IMO, I've never really used the public transpo in LA. I do have friends without cars here and they get along fine. As long as you're not a hermit, you will be able to hitch rides with friends. I've taken people without cars around several times and I'm sure on those days you "need" a ride, you'll be able to find one.

5) Strongest program: tax. Weakest? I really don't know.

Keep in mind that I'm a 1L and have been in SD a whole 3 months so I'm still, more or less, learning about the place. What I can say is I absolutely LOVE USD (and SD in general). In 2 short months, I know I've met several people I will be great friends with the rest of my life. There's plenty to do to keep yourself from going insane and it's certainly not that competitive. I mean, people care and want to be at the top, but I've yet to meet a single person unwilling to help if you ask. Oh, parking does suck though, but it's definitely not an issue if you're willing to wake up early enough for it to not be an issue.

1) Culture? I'm not sure, I'm not a big art/culture person. What I can say is the social scene is QUITE active. Thus far I think there's only been 1 or 2 weekends where I didn't go out somewhere, but we hang out and do something every weekend. Maybe a 20/80 split b/t non-alcohol/alcohol days. But even the non-alcohol stuff ususally involves beer.

I'm in class, I'll come back to answer the rest later.

So I decided that as a form of procrastination I'll see if any of you USD hopefulls (or just considering USD) have any questions that I can help answer. School's a little busy so I'll probably check in every few days. Argh, off to Civ Pro.

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