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Overall Niche Grade
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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 27,880 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 University of California - 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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
30%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
1260-1470
ACT Range
27-33
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
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.235 responses
36%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.236 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
27,880Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
707
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 125 responses
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  • From SoCal, Asian, Bio Major, PreMed
    41%
  • Intellectual
    19%
  • STEM
    14%
  • 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.302 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.344 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 182 responses
Report
  • If you don't get involved, you're doing it wrong
    20%
  • Can be Amazing or disappointing
    20%
  • Great undergraduate experience
    18%
  • Engineers
    12%
  • Love it or hate it
    8%
  • Awesome
    8%
  • Continuously growing and improving
    7%

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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So far I have loved my experience at UCSD! It is academically challenging but has never been more than I can handle. Socially it can be more challenging to make new friends at random because it is a very STEM heavy school which tends to interest more introverts. But the extroverts and socialites are out there if you look. Clubs, organizations, and Greek life have been great ways to meet like-minded people! Instructors and staff have always made time to meet one on one with students by request. It is a 10 minute walk from the beach though most of the time students are indoors studying. Counseling services are stretched thin and it is hard to find an appointment. It is a very diverse and LGBTQ friendly school.
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UCSD is a big school. That makes it hard to find resources you need. In addition, some resources, like advisers and internships are hard to get access to due to competition. However, if students take initiative to find resources and work hard to get what they need out of their undergraduate education, UCSD can give lots of good classes, work experiences, networking opportunities, advising, and lots more! It's better to be pushy at UCSD, because you achieve more that way.
If you want to learn, you will learn. The academics here are amazing and although classes are generally pretty hard, the professors are (almost) all amazing. You will always feel safe here, and with a 10 minute walk from the beach and good food all around, you will love it. On campus food, in my opinion, is still great! My favorite food is from revelle, muir, marshall, and erc. If you want to find good food on campus you still can! As for the social scene, you may not be able to find parties as easily as you do at say, UCSB, but I can assure you that if you want to find parties, you will. There are many, many parties here but you just have to look for them. Oh! And did I mention we are officially moving to Division I athletics? If you go to UCSD you will enjoy it if you choose to. Just go out of you dorm.