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University of California, San Diego

La Jolla, CA

UC San Diego, founded in 1959, is a public, comprehensive university. Its 1,976-acre campus is located in La Jolla, 12 miles north of San Diego.

Institution TypePublic
Undergraduate Students28,127
   Women13,540 (48.1%)
   Men14,587 (51.9%)
Graduate Students6,852


Entrance DifficultyVery difficult
Overall Admission Rate36% of 84,209 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineNovember 30
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA4.00
SAT Math661 average
590-750 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading610 average
560-690 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing621 average
550-670 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite28 average
26-31 range of middle 50%


Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $30,286
Out-of-state: $56,968
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $13,573
Out-of-state: $40,255
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met87%
Average Freshman Award$23,173
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemQuarter
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 12% of classes
10-19 students: 32% of classes
20-29 students: 14% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 11% of classes
Over 100 students: 20% of classes


La Jolla Population46,781
Nearest Metropolitan AreaSan Diego
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 92% of freshmen, 40% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division II
Sororities14% of women participate
Fraternities 12% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.5.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
48.4% Asian
2.9% Black/African-American
20.0% Hispanic/Latino
0.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
24.0% White
3.8% Unknown
International Students19.4% from 93 countries
First-Year Students Returning95.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Average 3.70 4.08 691 665 30
Low 2.57 2.80 490 450 16
High 4.00 5.00 800 790 36
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• UCSD has its own weekly farmers' market, offering everything from flowers to freshly made tamales.

• Earthquakes are becoming a little more predictable as UCSD scientists study results from the university's earthquake simulation supercomputer.

• The first American woman in space, Sally Ride, founded an annual festival at UCSD to interest girls in science and help double the number of female science students.

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