i liked UCI
classes were large, professors were very distant, workload depended on the class
i was in a sorority and a frat, there was always something to do
This school stood out in my college selection list because it is first of all close to home (if you live in Southern Orange County) therefore reducing the need to pay the housing fees. Next, while touring the campus, I realized that it is actually a pretty spacious campus. It has all the facilities you need, from libraries to a huge gym. Also, there is a plaza basically right next to the campus with a lot of food places, so if you don't like the food on campus (I haven't tried this yet), the food in the plaza is really good. What I also like about the campus is that there is a huge park right in the middle of campus so it won't be claustrophobic and you WILL see green and not just walls of buildings. I really like the possibility of being part of the Honors Program which makes it much easier to register for classes (priority registration!) and the class size is much smaller, allowing you to get all your questions answered and you get a more thorough understanding of the concept.
Since I am not yet a student, I can't say much. However, the Honors Program is a must for me! I will be applying for this program after the first quarter of my college career. From what I heard, UCI also offers a very good tutoring program that, though isn't free, is very helpful for a small charge ($5 per hour, I believe it was).
There are plenty of clubs around for you to become a part of. When I toured, the campus was really lively with clubs doing fundraisers and advertising their club. I felt really safe on the campus. I don't know why but the campus just felt really safe.
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