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.

Website: www.ucsd.edu/

Public
Co-ed
28,587
Undergraduate
Students
(49.3%) 14,082 Women
(50.7%) 14,505 Men
7,185
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
34% of 88,428 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
November 30

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
4.08
SAT Math
652 average
590-720 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
605 average
550-660 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
29 average
26-32 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $31,035
Out-of-state: $60,027
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $14,199
Out-of-state: $43,191
Room and Board
$13,788
Average Percent of Need Met
88%
Average Freshman Award
$24,736
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$21,430
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Quarter
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
1,123
Regular Class Size
2-9 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
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Campus Life

La Jolla Population
46,781
Nearest Metropolitan Area
San Diego
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
39% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
Triton
Sororities
14% of women participate
Fraternities
12% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native
46.8% Asian
3.1% Black/African-American
22.2% Hispanic/Latino
0.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
23.8% White
3.5% Unknown
International Students
19.5% from 92 countries
First-Year Students Returning
94.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
55.4%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 3
Foreign Language 2 3
Social Studies    
History 2  
Academic Electives 1  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT    
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Required January 15
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Writing component required
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: No policy as of now
ACT: Used for admission

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
9500 Gilman Drive
City, State, Zip
La Jolla, CA 92093
Phone
(858) 534-4831
Fax
 
E-mail
admissionsreply@ucsd.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
November 30
Application Fee
$70
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
March 31
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
34% of 88,428 applicants were admitted
Women
16231 applicants were admitted
Men
13981 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
8,539 (28%) of 30,212 admitted students enrolled
Women
4,403 (27%) of 16,231 admitted students enrolled
Men
4,136 (30%) of 13,981 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
4.08
3.75 and Above
80%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
4%
3.00 - 3.24
 
2.50 - 2.99
 
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
652 average
590-720 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
35%
Score of 600 - 700
40%
Score of 500 - 600
19%
Score of 400 - 500
5%
Score of 300 - 400
1%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
605 average
550-660 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
15%
Score of 600 - 700
39%
Score of 500 - 600
33%
Score of 400 - 500
12%
Score of 300 - 400
1%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
29 average
26-32 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
52%
Score of 24 - 29
35%
Score of 18 - 23
12%
Score of 12 - 17
1%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 100%
Top quarter: 100%
Top half: 100%
National Merit Scholar
1%
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $31,035
Out-of-state: $60,027
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $14,199
Out-of-state: $43,191
Room and Board
$13,788
Books and Supplies
$1,101
Other Expenses
$1,947
Payment Plans
 

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
finaid@ucsd.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 2
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning March 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001317
Free
State Aid Form  

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
4,271 (75.0%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
3,446 (80.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
3,236 (93.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,158 (35.8%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
88%
Average Award
$24,736
Need-Based Gift
Received by 3,141 (97.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $20,567
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 2,460 (76.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,063
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 87 (2.7%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
75 (1.3%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $10,784

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
17,846 (64.0%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
15,843 (88.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
15,373 (97.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
6,460 (42.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
88%
Average Award
$24,288
Need-Based Gift
Received by 14,920 (97.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $19,929
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 11,502 (74.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,495
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 231 (1.5%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
542 (1.9%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $11,855

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
48%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$21,430
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans, Alternative loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships, TEACH Grants
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Engineering/Technologies, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Social Sciences
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Dance, Journalism/Publications, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Community Service, Leadership
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Ethnic Background, First-Generation College Students, Handicapped Students, Members of Minorities, Veterans' Children
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Quarter
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biophysics
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Ecology
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Management Science
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
  • Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Russian Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Structural Engineering
  • Urban Studies/Affairs
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Biological/life sciences, Engineering
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
1,123
Part-Time Faculty
225
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
82%
Regular Class Size
2-9 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
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 7% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 23% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 30% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 27% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 9% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 4% of discussion sections/labs
Over 100 students: 1% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
4,458,000
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
Not Reported
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Fine Arts, Master of Science, Master of Public Policy, Master of Advanced Study, Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts, Master of Finance, Master of Education, Master of Engineering, Master of Public and International Affairs

Master's Programs of Study

  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Artificial Intelligence/Robotics
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biophysics
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Laboratory Sciences/Medical Technology
  • Clinical Research
  • Computational Sciences
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Dance
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • English
  • Finance and Banking
  • Geophysics
  • Geosciences
  • Health Law
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • History
  • International Affairs
  • Jewish Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law
  • Legal and Justice Studies
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Sciences
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Meteorology
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Education
  • Music
  • Nanotechnology
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Oceanography
  • Photonics
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Public Policy
  • Statistics
  • Structural Engineering
  • Telecommunications
  • Theater
  • Writing

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Musical Arts, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Audiology, Doctor of Medicine

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • Allopathic Medicine
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Artificial Intelligence/Robotics
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biophysics
  • Biostatistics
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Laboratory Sciences/Medical Technology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication--General
  • Computational Sciences
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Dance
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • English
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Finance and Banking
  • Geophysics
  • Geosciences
  • History
  • History of Science and Technology
  • International Affairs
  • International Health
  • Jewish Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Marine Biology
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Education
  • Music
  • Nanotechnology
  • Neuroscience
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Oceanography
  • Pharmacy
  • Philosophy
  • Photonics
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Health--General
  • Science Education
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Structural Engineering
  • Systems Biology
  • Telecommunications
  • Theater
  • Writing

Location and Setting


La Jolla Population
46,781
Nearest Metropolitan Area
San Diego
Campus Size
1,976 acres

Weather

Temperature
48.8 average low in January, 77.1 average high in September
Rain
42 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
 
Nearest Train Station
5 mile(s) from campus in Del Mar

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
39% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
61%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Not available
Other
crime prevention programs

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
Triton
School Colors
Blue and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Crew x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Fencing x   x  
Golf     x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x   x  
Water Polo x   x  
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Fencing x  
Golf    
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Water Polo x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Fencing x  
Golf x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Water Polo x  
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, bowling, ice hockey, racquetball, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, water polo

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities
Sororities
14% of women participate
Fraternities
12% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Navy ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
28,587
Women
14,082 (49.3%)
Men
14,505 (50.7%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
28,159
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native
46.8% Asian
3.1% Black/African-American
22.2% Hispanic/Latino
0.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
23.8% White
3.5% Unknown
International Students.
19.5% from 92 countries
Average Age
21
All Graduate Students
7,185

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
94.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
55.4%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
79.3%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
84.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Business 1.2%
Engineering 5.6%
Law 6%
Arts and Sciences 0.8%
Medicine 6.8%
Education 6%
Other 13.6%

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