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Is UCSD a good college if I want to become an English/Biology teacher?

I would like to become either an English or Biology teacher, but I would like to know if it's worth the time to attend UCSD for this job path. #college #teacher #ucsd

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Gabriel’s Answer

Hi Maricar,


Thanks for the question. UCSD is a respected and highly ranked university both nationally and internationally. They are especially known for science education and research which includes Biology. Of course, all of this prestige and recognition is great; however, it also means that competition to be admitted into the university and their programs is going to be highly competitive. I encourage you to carefully review their admissions requirements and make sure that you strive to meet as much of the criteria as you can. It's no guarantee of course, but it's definitely worth putting forth the effort.


Links to rankings:


US News: Biological Sciences rankings
http://www.usnews.com/education/best-global-universities/biology-biochemistry (UCSD is #6)


Academic Ranking of World Universities:
http://www.shanghairanking.com/World-University-Rankings/University-of-California-San-Diego.html

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Rachel’s Answer

<span style="background-color: transparent;">Collegeboard.org is a great resource for this! I poured through the pages of universities all over the U.S. when I was a senior in high school. Collegeboard was my go-to site! They put all of the information in one place and it is very easy to use. They even have various filters you can apply to see only colleges that have programs you are interested. To determine academic rigor, look at the admissions requirements, G.P.A. of past admitted applicants, SAT/ACT scores, class rank etc. This will give you an idea of what scores and grades you need to be accepted. However, don't be discouraged your application will be reviewed based on the full picture! College-board will help you get an idea of what is most important to the specific school you are applying to.</span>



This professional recommends the following next steps:

  • <span style="background-color: transparent;">Chat with your Guidance Counselor</span>
  • <span style="background-color: transparent;">Create a Collegeboard.org account</span>
  • <span style="background-color: transparent;">Start using CollegeBoard as a resource to look up schools.</span>


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