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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B-
UC San Diego is a highly rated public university located in San Diego, California. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 29,491 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the UC San Diego acceptance rate is 30%. Popular majors include Computer Science, Economics, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Graduating 86% of students, UC San Diego alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $43,400.
9500 Gilman Dr
La Jolla, CA 92093
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About UC San Diego...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Division II Independents

University of California - San Diego Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

UCSD Admissions

Acceptance Rate
30%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
1260-1470
ACT Range
27-33
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$13,452/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$19,393/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
63%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
71%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.204 responses
41%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.238 responses
36%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.239 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
29,491Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
794
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 126 responses
Report
  • From SoCal, Asian, Bio Major, PreMed
    43%
  • Intellectual
    19%
  • STEM
    13%
  • Smart
    10%
  • Chill
    4%
  • Brilliant
    3%
  • Socially inadequate
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
59%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.305 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.347 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 185 responses
Report
  • If you don't get involved, you're doing it wrong
    21%
  • Can be Amazing or disappointing
    20%
  • Great undergraduate experience
    18%
  • Engineers
    11%
  • Love it or hate it
    8%
  • Awesome
    8%
  • Continuously growing and improving
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$59,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
86%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
67%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.147 responses
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University of California - San Diego Reviews

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The campus and students are very welcoming and interesting. My experience here exceeds all my expectations for a university that truly cares for its students, faculty and staff!
Through this coronavirus pandemic I, and my fellow students, have felt well cared for with multiple communications keeping us informed of the decision making process being developed to keep us safe, healthy and hopefully back to school in person, soon.
Thank you for this opportunity to share my experience.
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I really love that UCSD has provided me with a safe space. There's so many resources for students! Ever since I was a freshman I've loved to go to the resource centers. In these spaces I have found connections that will last for the rest of my life. I also STRONGLY recommend enrolling Summer Bridge (available for incoming freshmen BUT space is limited) because it's opened so many doors for me.
However, it saddens me that the Black student population is so low. There is not much diversity in the school. This can be seen in staff diversity as well. UCSD preaches we have so much diversity but this isn't true.
I was honestly unsure about coming to UCSD because I heard so many things about it being socially dead and I wanted a fun/normal college experience after going to a small high school. I decided to join Greek life and I’m so happy I did because my social life is certainly not “dead” and everyone I’ve met knows how to have a good time, but also really smart and studious! The location is also insane since it’s so close to the beach, La Jolla, and downtown. I’ve met the best people and the academics are amazing, so I’m really happy I chose this school. If you’re unsure, I say do it and make the most of it because your experience in college is all about what you make of it!