A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B-
University of California - San Diego is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Division II Independents
Address
9500 Gilman Dr
La Jolla, CA 92093
Website
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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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
36%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
1170-1450
ACT Range
27-33
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No
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Cost

Net Price
$14,770/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,585/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,541/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,367/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,277/ year
  • $110k+
    $27,866/ year

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
40%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.203 responses
37%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.204 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
25,922Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
26%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 94 responses
Report
  • From SoCal, Asian, Bio Major, PreMed
    43%
  • Intellectual
    21%
  • STEM
    13%
  • Smart
    6%
  • Chill
    4%
  • Brilliant
    3%
  • Cool
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
58%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.270 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.312 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 150 responses
Report
  • If you don't get involved, you're doing it wrong
    23%
  • Great undergraduate experience
    19%
  • Can be Amazing or disappointing
    17%
  • Engineers
    13%
  • Love it or hate it
    9%
  • Awesome
    7%
  • Continuously growing and improving
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$59,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
87%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
87%
National
83%
67%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.147 responses
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My experience at UCSD was an unexpected, pleasant, surprise. Yes, i know you have heard a lot of "UC Socially Dead" or "lack of socialization", however, these are all wrong! The people here at UCSD are unlike any people I have met, they are social in their own way (its a very admirable and fascinating trait). Just because UCSD holds the reputation of no parties does not make the school socially dead, there are other ways people can socialize! There are campus events for everyone in any college and there are events that are specific to each individual college.
The people here each have amazing distinct personalities in which anyone can find who they vibe with easily. In my personal experience, my favorite part of college is spending time with people in my residence halls and staying up late at night talking and watching vine compilations, going to the beach at 2 am in the morning and having deep conversations, or crashing at a strangers dorm
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I'm currently a freshman at UCSD, finishing up my first quarter studying cognitive science. So far college has been great! The academics are strenuous but not absolutely impossible, as long as you stay on top of it. Socially there are events nearly every day and huge campus wide events typically once a week. It's not socially dead unless you make, there are opportunities all around if you take them. The beach is nice and it's close. Variety of dining halls. Housing accoumadations are livable. All the staff (that I've interacted with) and friendly and open to students questions. La Jolla is expensive but nice. Biggest downside is that the campus is HUGE, getting to back to back classes is difficult but not impossible and freshman 15 isn't a concern.
UC San Diego is an amazing campus for STEM majors because of its rigorous classes. The campus is beautiful, the people and professors are so communicative, and the environment is enthusiastic. However, since I'm a Theatre major, I've noticed the lack of theatre-like activity. But who goes to UC San Diego for Theatre, right? Overall, the university is helping its student succeed and we all notice it. Go tritons!