Help! So Many U.S. College Names Sound Alike!

Question: I am an international student who wants to attend a university in the U.S. A friend of mine suggested the University of San Diego and a relative suggested the University of California San Diego. I'm confused ... is this two different universities or the same one? It seems like a lot of American colleges have almost identical names. How can I tell if one is better than the other?

Many U.S. students are as confused as you are when it comes to colleges with similar-sounding names, but I suspect that this confusion can be even greater for students from abroad.

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