i took a class for the extention for mandarin, and it seemed to be as good as any old community college class. i felt that the instruction approach was kind of child-like (flash cards, etc.) and tuition was expensive. and don't get me started on the parking permits...!
I just finished my first year here as an undeclared student. i took most of my general ed. classes and thought the teachers were average. Math and science classes had a very large amount of students. Classes were okay, not too bad if you studied. I didn't go to most of my classes and still came out with a 3.22 GPA (with a lot of cramming during midterms and finals). Students here seem anti social. Not a big party school. Overall, it seems like an okay school. Just wish social life was better.
PROS: right by beach, okay classes
CONS: anti social students
I have worked for UCSD for the last year and a half. And it's been great. Their benefits are fantastic and their vacation/holidays are pretty great. Whereas most people I know only get about 6 holidays a year, we get a whopping 11 days of holiday. Still not as great as other companies like Genentech, but the project I work for is a non-profit so who am I to compare. It really depends on who you work for and for what department though. For me, it's been a fantastic year and a half.
I went to UCSD as a computer science major. They had an excellent program, and most of the teachers I had were decent. The program is very academic and theoretical and less practical, but that's expected from university like UCSD. When I was there it was an extremely crowded and difficult to get into major, but that may not be the case anymore.
UCSD is one great school. The acadmics here are great and it is located in a good city, near the water. Students here have a good time when they are not in class. Most students here are smart and do quite a lot of studying. The campus is pretty nice. The tuition isn't very expensive because it is a public college. Dorms are okay.
This school is one of the largest research facility in California. Also one of the largest schools. The weather is great and the people are great. If you have any interest in research this is the place for you. There are many intern opportunities with places like Pfizer and Qualcomm.