I had an amazing time at UCSD and felt that being a student athlete opened up a lot more doors and experiences that I wouldnt normally have access to
The biggest pro of being a student athlete at UCSD is being a student there. It is a world class institution and your degree from there will benefit you throughout your career after athletics ends for you
It is an academic institution, remember student comes first in student-athlete. You will not get a free pass as an athlete, school is insanely hard and you will be surrounded by people who can barely stay afloat as a student and you will be expected to balance school, sports, jobs/internships, and social life.
Nothing much to say here, they were extremely conscious about the expectations of school and worked alongside you to make the student athlete balance work