28,587
Students
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24,288
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Admission Difficulty
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34%
Acceptance Rate
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Overview

Make Waves

Situated on a sunny cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the University of California San Diego is a place that has reimagined the traditional path to knowledge. Established in 1960, UC San Diego is a public research university that has been shaped by exceptional scholars who aren't afraid to make waves--from creating the world's first algae-based surfboard to developing wireless health-monitoring tattoos and printing 3D blood vessels.

The 1,200-acre campus is located in the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego, Calif., in the heart of one of the most densely concentrated innovation hubs in the nation. The campus is consistently ranked among the top 10 best universities in the nation and top 15 in the world for research, teaching, public service and post-graduation career prospects.

UC San Diego's more than 175,000 alumni include National Medal of Science honoree J. Craig Venter, one of the first to sequence the human genome; Kate Rubins, NASA astronaut who recently conducted human health studies in space; Nathan East, one of the most recorded bassists in history; Nick Woodman, founder and CEO of GoPro; and Guy "Bud" Tribble, who managed the original Macintosh software development team.

Setting the Bar High: Academic Life

UC San Diego academic programs, taught by highly-regarded scholars, prepare students to stand out and lead change. The campus offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees spanning five academic divisions, as well as Masters and doctoral degrees within 60 academic departments.

The university is organized into six undergraduate residential colleges, three graduate schools, and two professional medical schools. The campus is also home to Scripps Institution of Oceanography, one of the first centers dedicated to ocean, earth and atmospheric science research; and UC San Diego Health, the region's only academic health system.

Over the last 50 years, 16 Nobel laureates have taught on campus. Over 160 current faculty are members of one or more of the prestigious national academies, while numerous others have garnered such awards as the McArthur Fellowship, National Medal of Science, Pulitzer Prize, Fields Medal, and Academy Award.

Pacific Point of View: Living at UC San Diego

All UC San Diego undergraduates can find their community thanks to the college system. Each of the university's six colleges have distinct neighborhoods, traditions, and educational requirements. Students bond over shared classes and annual events, from the summertime watermelon drop--a fruity physics experiment--to the 1960s-inspired Muirstock concert and the annual chocolate festival.

In addition, transfer students can choose to live in the Village Apartments, comprised of 13 buildings dedicated to transfer student housing, including two high rises with ocean views; while graduate students have the option to reside in one of six housing communities on or nearby campus, with amenities for couples and students with children.

Break From the Ordinary: Student Success

A student-centered university, UC San Diego offers supplemental learning, tutoring and career development programs to prepare students to thrive academically. For example, through services offered at the Teaching + Learning Commons, students develop transferable skills, participate in peer-facilitated study groups, and are matched with experiential learning projects.

In addition, nearly a dozen makerspaces and incubators offer resources, training and mentorship opportunities to help students launch their big ideas. At The Basement, students gain business guidance and funding ideas from alumni and industry mentors. For hands-on projects, the Envision Maker Space contains tools to design, fabricate and prototype, including 3D printers, welding stations and laser cutters.

Students apply their learning outside the classroom through faculty-mentored research, service learning projects, study abroad and professional internships. Undergraduates can explore opportunities through the Research Experience and Applied Learning Portal, get matched with real-world training opportunities through the Academic Internship Program, and become immersed in the culture of another country through the Study Abroad Office.

A Place of Belonging: Diversity and Inclusion

UC San Diego is committed to creating a climate of respect and understanding. Through innovative programs, the campus opens doors to higher education for first generation students and those from underserved communities. The university was recently named first in the nation among peer institutions for enrolling the most low-income students. In addition, UC San Diego graduates the largest percentage of women with STEM degrees, and has been named one of the top 10 most LGBTQ-friendly universities.

Students are invited to engage in open dialogue, develop leadership skills, and learn about social issues at six campus community centers. In addition, students can take part in numerous cultural events and celebrations of diversity, from Raza Awareness Week to the annual UC San Diego Powwow and Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Day of Service.

Activating Student Passions: Campus Life

Life at UC San Diego is far from ordinary. The university was named among the top academic surfing schools in the nation by The Inertia and features a competitive surf team, classes on the physics of surfing as well as opportunities to learn how to ride the salty swells.

When students aren't immersed in the sea, they unwind at one of dozens of campus-wide events, including Triton Fest, a month-long fall kickoff experience that has featured a haunted trail, go-kart racing, and outdoor movie night; Winter Game Fest, the largest student-run gaming festival on the West Coast; and the Sun God Festival, a day-long carnival and concert.

The university features more than 570 student organizations on campus, ranging from academic-focused and pre-professional groups to social and cultural clubs as well as spiritual and service groups. There are also more than 40 Greek organizations focused on academic excellence, service and leadership.

UC San Diego's Triton Athletics includes 23 competitive sports teams, which have garnered 30 national championship titles. In 2016, UC San Diego undergraduates voted in favor of moving to NCAA Division I. Facilities include a 5,000-seat arena, ballpark, aquatic center with two Olympic-sized pools, and a state-of-the-art athletic training center. Students can also take part in 30 intramural sports leagues, choose from hundreds of recreation classes, and venture into the wild with the campus's Outback Adventures.

Location & Contact

Address 9500 Gilman Drive, 0021
La Jolla, CA  92093-0021
United States
Contact Ms. Adele Brumfield
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Enrollment Management
Email: admissionsreply@ucsd.edu
Phone: 858-534-3156

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Medical Microbiology And Bacteriology Checkmark
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Admissions

Acceptance Rate

88,428
Applied
30,212
Accepted
28,587
Enrolled
34%
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Female Admissions

Not Reported
Females Applied
16,231
Females Accepted
0%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

Not Reported
Males Applied
13,981
Males Accepted
Acceptance Rate

Applying

70
Application Fee
4.08
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Essay
A minimum high school GPA of 2.8
Required for some programs A minimum high school GPA of 3.4

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen November 30th March 31st
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer Not reported Not reported

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
SAT Critical Reading 605 550 660
SAT Math 652 590 720
ACT Composite 29 26 32

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

12,630
In-state
40,644
Out-of-state
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Fees

1,420
Full-time student fees
13,307
Room & board
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No

Financial Aid

24,288
Avg. Financial Aid Package
24,736
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
4,088
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
5,907
Avg. Loan Aid
11,855
Avg. Grant Aid
19,929
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
97% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
88%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
42%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

28,587
Total undergrad students
20%
International Students
6%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 17.83%
Black or African American 2.47%
White or Caucasian 19.11%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.43%
Asian 37.61%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.16%
Other 2.84%

Gender

Male (50.58%)
Female (49.09%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 39%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
SunGod Festival, On Campus Concerts and Sporting Events

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Campus Security & Safety

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Other Campus Security & Safety:
crime prevention programs

Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Checkmark No
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Bowling Checkmark No No
Crew No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running No Checkmark No
Equestrian Sports Checkmark No No
Fencing No Checkmark No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf No Checkmark No
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Sailing Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Checkmark No
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving No Checkmark No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Checkmark No
Track And Field No Checkmark No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Checkmark No
Water Polo Checkmark Checkmark No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Checkmark No
Bowling Checkmark No No
Crew No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running No Checkmark No
Equestrian Sports Checkmark No No
Fencing No Checkmark No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf No No No
Ice Hockey No No No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Sailing Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Checkmark No
Softball Checkmark Checkmark No
Swimming And Diving No Checkmark No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Checkmark No
Track And Field No Checkmark No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Checkmark No
Water Polo Checkmark Checkmark No

Faculty

1,348
Total Faculty
19:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 1,123
Part-time - 225
Male - 898
Female - 450
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