University of California--San Diego

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9500 Gilman Drive

La Jolla, CA 92093

Phone: (858) 534-2230
2012-2013 Tuition
male /
Nov. 30
application deadline

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#39 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. National Universities

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University of California--San Diego is a public institution that was founded in 1960. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 22,676, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,976 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. University of California--San Diego's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 39. Its in-state tuition and fees are $13,234 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $36,112 (2012-13).

University of California—San Diego lies alongside the Pacific Ocean in the La Jolla community of San Diego. The UCSD Tritons compete in 23 NCAA Division II sports, mainly in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. The school has more than 400 student clubs and organizations, and many students are active in Greek life on campus. All freshmen are guaranteed on-campus housing but are not required to live on campus. The campus has an aquarium, public museum and the Large High Performance Outdoor Shake Table, which is one of the largest facilities in the country that tests structures’ ability to withstand simulated earthquakes.

UCSD includes six undergraduate colleges and five graduate and professional schools. Its School of Medicine and Jacobs School of Engineering are highly ranked. UCSD is designated as a university with very high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. An annual event unique to UCSD is the Sun God Festival, which began in 1983, featuring daylong concerts by popular musicians, carnival activities, vendors and student booths. UCSD is also known for its International House, wherein approximately 350 students from more than 30 countries live and learn together as a community. Notable UCSD alumni include Guy Tribble and Bill Atkinson, who created the first Apple Macintosh computer, and Mike Judge, a writer/director/producer who created the film "Office Space" and the TV series "King of the Hill."

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Nestled along the Pacific Ocean on 1,200 acres of magnificent coastal woodland, the University of California, San Diego is a powerful magnet for those seeking scholarly pursuits at the frontiers of education and research. In just four decades, this young campus has rapidly risen in status to become one of the top ranked research universities in the nation. UCSD, with its six unique undergraduate colleges, each offering personalized student opportunities and services and distinct educational philosophies, has become one of the most popular campuses in the nation, receiving more than 45,000 freshman applications each year.

General Information

School type public
Year founded 1960
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar quarter
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $715,921,000


When applying to University of California--San Diego, it's important to note the application deadline is November 30. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at University of California--San Diego is $60. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 37.8 percent.

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Selectivity most selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 37.8%
Application deadline November 30
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of California--San Diego is 19:1, and the school has 38.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of California--San Diego include: Biology, General; Economics; Psychology, General; Political Science and Government, General; and Communication and Media Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 95 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate 57%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Biology, General 24%
Economics 14%
Psychology, General 8%
Political Science and Government, General 7%
Communication and Media Studies 6%

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Student Life

University of California--San Diego has a total undergraduate enrollment of 22,676, with a gender distribution of 50.6 percent male students and 49.4 percent female students. At this school, 43 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 57 percent of students live off campus. University of California--San Diego is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 28,294
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

University of California--San Diego offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of California--San Diego also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of California--San Diego, 54 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of California--San Diego.

Students who have cars on campus 54%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of California--San Diego, 63.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $17,257.

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In-state tuition and fees $13,234 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $36,112 (2012-13)
Room and board $11,924 (2012-13)
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Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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