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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 34%. Popular majors include Computer Science, Economics, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Graduating 85% of students, UC San Diego alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $43,400.
About University of California - San Diego...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Division II Independents
Address
9500 Gilman Dr
La Jolla, CA 92093
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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
34%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
1210-1410
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
$14,616/ 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
$18,231/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
59%

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.226 responses
35%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.227 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
27,880Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
707
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
31%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 117 responses
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  • From SoCal, Asian, Bio Major, PreMed
    41%
  • Intellectual
    21%
  • STEM
    15%
  • Smart
    9%
  • Chill
    4%
  • Brilliant
    3%
  • Cool
    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.293 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.335 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 173 responses
Report
  • If you don't get involved, you're doing it wrong
    21%
  • Great undergraduate experience
    18%
  • Can be Amazing or disappointing
    18%
  • Engineers
    12%
  • 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
85%
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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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.
To say the least, UCSD is a very, interesting school. I had the pure luxury of having outstanding professors. The housing situation is awkward. The students all go to the same university, chasing the same education, while having vastly different living situations, being a very good or bad thing for the kids(including myself). But after one year I can say I wouldn't go anywhere else. I'm home!