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University of California, San Diego

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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  among the top 10 best public 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 225,000 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 six academic divisions, as well as Masters and doctoral degrees within 60 academic departments.

The university is organized into seven undergraduate residential colleges and six graduate and professional 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 seven 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 at The Village at Pepper Canyon or The Rita Atkinson Apartments, comprised of 13 buildings, including two high rises with ocean views; while graduate and professional students and students with dependents have the option to reside in one of six housing communities on or nearby campus, with amenities for couples and families.

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 has been named first in the nation among peer institutions for enrolling the most low-income students. In addition, UC San Diego has received recognition for graduating a large 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 Latinx Heritage Month 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 Surfer Magazine 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. UC San Diego is also home to over 40 sororities and fraternities and 16 cultural and identity-based Greek letter organizations focused on academic excellence, service and leadership.

UC San Diego's Triton Athletics includes 23 intercollegiate sports teams, which have garnered 30 national championship titles. In 2020, the athletics program began a new era as a member of the Big West Conference in 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 Dr. James Rawlins
Associate Vice Chancellor, Enrollment Management
Phone: 858-534-3156

Majors & Degrees

Architecture And Related Services Associate Bachelors
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Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
African-american/black Studies Checkmark
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Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, And Group Studies, Other Checkmark
German Studies Checkmark
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Biology/biological Sciences, General Checkmark
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Cell/cellular And Molecular Biology Checkmark
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Marine Biology And Biological Oceanography Checkmark
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Neurobiology And Anatomy Checkmark
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Management Sciences And Quantitative Methods, Other Checkmark
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
Aerospace, Aeronautical, And Astronautical/space Engineering, General Checkmark
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Computer Engineering, General Checkmark
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Associate Bachelors
Family And Consumer Sciences/human Sciences, General Checkmark
Human Development And Family Studies, General Checkmark
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Classics And Classical Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics, General Checkmark
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Medicinal And Pharmaceutical Chemistry Checkmark
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History Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
Cognitive Science, General Checkmark
Data Science, General Checkmark
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Human Biology Checkmark
International/globalization Studies Checkmark
Mathematics And Computer Science Checkmark
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General Checkmark
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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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Anthropology, General Checkmark
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Dance, General Checkmark
Design And Visual Communications, General Checkmark
Drama And Dramatics/theatre Arts, General Checkmark
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Music History, Literature, And Theory Checkmark
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Application Fee
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
A minimum high school GPA of 3
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
Out of state Fall freshmen November 30th January 1st
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer November 30th April 28th

Tuition & Fees

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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered Yes
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes

Financial Aid

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98% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

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Hispanic/Latino 20.92%
Black or African American 3.02%
White or Caucasian 18.97%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.41%
Asian 37.9%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.17%
Other 2.47%


Male (48.7%)
Female (51.3%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
International housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 37%

Student Activities

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

Student Services

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Campus Security & Safety

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball Checkmark Division 2 No
Basketball Checkmark Division 2 No
Bowling Checkmark No No
Crew No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running Checkmark Division 2 No
Equestrian Sports Checkmark No No
Fencing Checkmark Division 2 No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf Checkmark Division 2 No
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rowing Checkmark Division 2 No
Sailing Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 2 No
Softball No No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Division 2 No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 2 No
Track And Field Checkmark Division 2 No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 2 No
Water Polo Checkmark Division 2 No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 2 No
Bowling Checkmark No No
Crew No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running Checkmark Division 2 No
Equestrian Sports Checkmark No No
Fencing Checkmark Division 2 No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf No No No
Ice Hockey No No No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rowing No No No
Sailing Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 2 No
Softball Checkmark Division 2 No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Division 2 No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 2 No
Track And Field Checkmark Division 2 No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 2 No
Water Polo Checkmark Division 2 No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 1,338
Part-time - 228
Male - 973
Female - 593
University of California, San Diego