UCSD

University of California - San Diego

9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, United States
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  • Total Documents
    11,449
  • Class Notes
    7,856
  • Textbook Notes
    1,723
  • Study Guides
    1,863
  • Currently Enrolled
    5,144
  • Previously Enrolled
    3,769

Overview of University of California - San Diego (UCSD)

About this school

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 Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:28,587
    • Men:14,505 Men (50.7%)
    • Women:14,082 Women (49.3%)

Location

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Admission Information (UCSD)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to University of California, San Diego is 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

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
4
Science
2
3
Foreign Language
2
3
Social Studies
-
-
History
2
-
Academic Electives
1
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
-
-
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
Required
January 15
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
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

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
9500 Gilman Drive
City, State, Zip
La Jolla, CA 92093
Phone
(858) 534-4831
Fax
-
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission 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

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

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
34% of 88,428 applicants were admitted
Women
16231 applicants were admitted
Men
13981 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


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

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
4.08
375 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 Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
652 average |590-720 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
35%
• Score 600 - 700
40%
• Score 500 - 600
19%
• Score 400 - 500
5%
• Score 300 - 400
1%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
• Score 700 - 800
15%
• Score 600 - 700
39%
• Score 500 - 600
33%
• Score 400 - 500
12%
• Score 300 - 400
1%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


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

Tuition & Financial Aid (UCSD)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $14,050|Out-of-state: $42,064 (51.36%)
  • Room & Board: - $13,307 (48.64%)
  • Other Expenses: - Not reported
  • Tuition & Fees: - Not reported
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expenses
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


University of California, San Diego accepts

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 2
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning March 15
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 001317
Free
State Aid Form
-

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


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 with 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

Scholarchips 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
Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Engineering/Technologies, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Social Sciences
Creative Arts/Performance
Applied Art and Design, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Dance, Journalism/Publications, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Community Service, Leadership
Special Characteristics
Ethnic Background, First-Generation College Students, Handicapped Students, Members of Minorities, Veterans' Children

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction (UCSD)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Quarter

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Students not required to own/lease a computer

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & 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
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

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
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
Over 100 students
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


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 Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


University of California, San Diego provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


94.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


55.4%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


79.3%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


84.0%

Programs & Majors (UCSD)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (68)


  • 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


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


No online degree programs

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


Social sciences, Biological/life sciences, Engineering

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


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

Master's Programs of Study (59)


  • 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

Campus Life (UCSD)

Location & Geography

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

Available Transportation


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 of College Housing


39% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


61%

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

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


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

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Fencing
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Water Polo

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Fencing
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Water Polo

Recreational Sports


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

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


University of California, San Diego offers 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

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


28,159

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
28,587
Women
14,082
Men
14,505

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

Number of Graduate Students


7,185

Student Resources (UCSD)

Study resources