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University of California - San Diego Overview

Located in La Jolla, California, University of California - San Diego is a public institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is University of California - San Diego Known For?

8,037 Undergraduate Awards
$44,929 Avg Cost After Aid
34% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at UCSD have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 2%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at UCSD.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 85% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from UCSD with a bachelor's degree make about $59,900 a year. That's 47% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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University of California - San Diego Rankings

UCSD is ranked #400 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. It is also ranked #37 out of 220 schools in California.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

UCSD has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#33 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#69 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#86 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UCSD.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best English Literature (Other) Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Mathematics & Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best General English Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Computer Information Systems Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Computer & Information Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Best Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#128 Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UCSD has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#1 Best Colleges for Chemistry College Factual
#2 Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies College Factual
#2 Best Colleges for Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology College Factual
#5 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#10 Best Colleges for General Biology College Factual

Where Is University of California - San Diego?

Location of University of California - San Diego

Contact details for UCSD are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093
Phone: 858-534-2230
Website: www.ucsd.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCSanDiegoLife
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ucsandiego

How Do I Get Into UCSD?

You can apply to UCSD online at: admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply-now.html

Admission Requirements for UCSD

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UCSD?

34% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
84% Submit SAT Scores
You'll need to do what you can to make your application stand out if you plan to apply to UCSD. The school screens its applicants carefully and has a fairly low acceptance rate of 34%. So, don't just throw your admission packet together at the last minute!

Approximately 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 33%, and the acceptance rate for women is 35%.

Average Test Scores

About 84% of students accepted to UCSD submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 680. Math scores were between 610 and 730.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of California - San Diego  ( 600 to 680 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of California - San Diego  ( 610 to 730 )
200
800
UCSD received ACT scores from 52% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 25 and 33. Math scores were between 27 and 33. Composite scores were between 27 and 33.

ACT English Scores for University of California - San Diego  ( 25 to 33 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for University of California - San Diego  ( 27 to 33 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of California - San Diego  ( 27 to 33 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of California - San Diego?

$44,929 Net Price
39% Take Out Loans
1.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UCSD is $44,929. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UCSD, approximately 39% of students took out student loans averaging $5,491 a year. That adds up to $21,964 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UCSD is 1.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of California - San Diego Undergraduate Student Diversity

29,966 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 30,794 undergraduate students at UCSD, with 29,966 being full-time and 828 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UCSD

There are also 7,942 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 29,966 full-time undergraduates at UCSD, 50% are male and 50% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UCSD

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of California - San Diego students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UCSD Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 9,908
Black or African American 504
Hispanic or Latino 6,559
White 5,776
International Students 5,245
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,974

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at University of California - San Diego. At this time, 42 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 101 countries are represented at UCSD. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

University of California - San Diego Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Computer Science 412 267 25 704
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 498 0 2 500
International Studies 500 0 0 500
Cognitive Science 479 1 5 485
Economics 451 15 17 483
General Biology 268 131 55 454
Mathematics & Computer Science 387 0 0 387
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 376 0 0 376
Political Science & Government 313 13 15 341
Chemistry 247 61 32 340
Electrical Engineering 173 121 31 325
Applied Mathematics 177 140 2 319
Communication & Media Studies 305 5 2 312
Biomedical Engineering 102 151 29 282
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 215 54 0 269
Mathematics 242 6 21 269
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 223 0 27 250
General Psychology 242 0 1 243
Public Health 235 0 3 238
Mechanical Engineering 134 67 18 219
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 117 41 21 179
Civil Engineering 93 65 12 170
Computer Engineering 117 44 4 165
General Visual & Performing Arts 117 16 2 135
Chemical Engineering 104 22 1 127
International Relations & National Security 0 127 0 127
Other Engineering 53 54 17 124
Business Administration & Management 0 121 0 121
Physics 85 9 22 116
Sociology 105 4 5 114
Medicine 0 0 112 112
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 95 6 1 102
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 91 0 10 101
Statistics 81 14 0 95
General Education 0 73 12 85
History 62 6 12 80
Child Development & Psychology 75 0 4 79
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 67 0 10 77
Geological & Earth Sciences 17 27 27 71
Materials Engineering 0 46 23 69
Drama & Theater Arts 44 19 3 66
Anthropology 51 9 5 65
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 62 62
Human Development & Family Studies 59 0 0 59
English Literature (Other) 41 8 6 55
Medical Science 0 53 0 53
Natural Resources Conservation 52 0 0 52
Fine & Studio Arts 48 1 3 52
Environmental Engineering 48 0 0 48
Public Policy 0 45 0 45
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 43 1 0 44
Zoology 42 0 0 42
Ethnic Studies 30 5 6 41
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 40 0 0 40
Urban Studies 40 0 0 40
Music 15 6 15 36
Computer Information Systems 0 28 0 28
Other Social Sciences 28 0 0 28
Systems Engineering 0 24 3 27
Area Studies 21 6 0 27
Philosophy 22 1 4 27
Design & Applied Arts 27 0 0 27
General English Literature 24 0 0 24
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 24 0 24
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 21 0 0 21
Computational Science 0 18 0 18
Other Physical Science 15 0 3 18
Biological Engineering 15 0 0 15
Engineering Physics 3 5 6 14
Other Psychology 10 0 2 12
Romance Languages 11 0 0 11
Communication Sciences 0 0 9 9
Dance 8 0 0 8
Teacher Education Subject Specific 7 0 0 7
Classical Languages & Literature 5 0 0 5
Legal Research 0 5 0 5
Real Estate Development 3 0 0 3
Engineering Science 1 0 2 3
Religious Studies 3 0 0 3
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 2 0 0 2
Materials Sciences 0 0 1 1
Other Visual Art 0 0 1 1
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 0
Literature 0 0 0 0
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 8,037 1,965 711 10,713

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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