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University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 745 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 5 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

49% Women
51% Men


NCAA Division II (without football)

Division II Independents

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $65,743)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $59,010)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 64 68 Yes -
Baseball 36 - - -
Basketball 16 13 - Yes
Fencing 18 19 - -
Golf 9 - - -
Rowing 43 51 - -
Soccer 27 27 Yes Yes
Softball - 20 - -
Swimming and Diving 29 30 - -
Tennis 14 17 - Yes
Volleyball 21 18 Yes Yes
Water Polo 22 20 Yes -
Badminton - - Yes -
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Dance - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - Yes -
Water Sports - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 43.0%
Black/non-Hispanic 1.6%
Hispanic 11.8%
Non-resident alien 6.5%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 7.5%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 29.2%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • Hospital on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 3
Drug Law Violation 13
Liquor Law Violation 56
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 4
Property Crime 65
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Cecily
  • 4
  • Each of the six colleges house their own students. The dorm quality varies according to the college and the building type. I lived in Revelle's Argo Hall, which…

  • Sep-18-2012 Read More
  • Angela
  • 5
  • The dorm life at UCSD is extraordinary in that it creates an environment for the students to interact, grow stronger together, and develop long lasting relationships. Living on campus gives…

  • Aug-28-2013 Read More
  • Marcela from Northridge, CA
  • 5
  • -i live in the fleet which have been recently remodeled. they are amazing. everything is walking distance and easily reached. no disappointments here. …

  • Jan-29-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • CL from San Gabriel Valley
  • Jul-29-2014 I am a current student here

    Food is almost always available wherever you are on campus. With 6 different dining halls and 5 market places that accept dining dollars it's easy to find food. However the food isn't always healthy unless you look for a salad option. There are also other dining options that's food court style at PC (shogun/burger king to name a few). The markets are arguably the most convenient because you can stock up on food and snacks!

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  • 4
  • Jae Hyun from Torrance, CA
  • Jul-24-2014 I am a current student here

    Dorm food is dorm food, but at the University of California San Diego, there are six different colleges meaning that there are also six different dining halls: get tired of one, go to the other!

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  • 4
  • Rachel from San Diego, CA
  • Jul-10-2014 I am a current student here

    Dorm food can get tiring after eating it for a whole year, however, thankfully UCSD has 9 different dining places that you can use your dining dollars/meal plan. The variety is especially nice if you are not in the mood for what is at your local dining hall because you can walk 5 minutes to the next one. The food overall is average, however, better at some places than others. In addition to the 9 dining halls, there are 6 markets for each college as well as Price Center (a food court in the middle of campus). Lastly, there are local food eateries around La Jolla that are just a bus ride away!

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  • 3
  • April from San Diego, CA
  • Jul-07-2014 I am a current student here

    The campus does offer a variety of dining opportunities, but is sadly lacking in alternatives for vegetarians, with the exception of a pub that does offer a truly terrible eggplant burger, a Panda Express that does offer a vegetarian eggplant dish, and a curry place where you can obtain vegetarian dishes. A salad bar would go a long way, and is a logical addition for a young, and often health conscious student population. There are your normal junk food places like Burger King and a Pizza place, one pretty decent kiosk Greek food place, and a really overpriced juice bar. The convenience stores overcharge, as convenience stores are wont to do, but since boarding students are a semi-captive market, I find this offensive. The school rents the spaces to the vendors, and could demand that students not be ripped off, but it does not.

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  • 4
  • Dani
  • Jul-04-2014 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    On the tour they told us about the various meal plans and there are plenty of places to eat both on and off campus.

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  • 2
  • Elijah from Escondido, CA
  • Jun-20-2014 I am a current student here

    The food is really good at UCSD if you like eating the same food over and over again and paying exorbitant amounts of money for it. Jokes aside, the variety is good if you're willing to travel around campus to the other dining halls. We have 5 college dining halls where you can spend campus dining dollars and 1 food truck, which are all conveniently located next to each colleges resident halls and apartments. We are also known as the most vegetarian friendly campus in California, so if your vegan diet factors into your college decision that much, then look no further.

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  • 4
  • Kristen from Fountain Valley, CA
  • Jun-17-2014 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    The food is great here! I love that there are so many different options to choose from on any part of campus. I also find it great that it is located very closely to other amenities - namely Sprinkles, which I can't live without.

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  • 4
  • Lauren from Oceanside, CA
  • Jun-08-2014 I am a current student here

    The food is hit or miss depending on your college. The dining halls often have the same food everyday, but there are a lot of places to eat on campus.

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  • 4
  • Jean from AZ
  • May-30-2014 I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    I have been to the San Diego area before and have never had any complaints. I'm not sure about the food and dining for college students but I'm assuming that it's okay (feel free to correct me if I'm wrong).

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Rachel from San Diego, CA
  • Jul-10-2014 I am a current student here

    Although I am not personally affiliated with a Greek fraternity or sorority, many of my friends are. They say it is a great opportunity to get involved on campus and find a community that accepts you like family! There are also professional and cultural fraternities and sororities that have different focuses but still cater to what you are looking for.

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  • 0
  • Elijah from Escondido, CA
  • Jun-20-2014 I am a current student here

    UCSD actually has no fraternity or sorority row, so greek housing is normally off campus. This doesn't seem to hinder them, however, as they have many activities both for their members and for whoever wants to join. They are also always on Library walk so information about Greek life is readily available. We also have a strict no-hazing policy on our frats so supposedly joining is easy and hassle free, other than the payments.

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  • 0
  • Lauren from Oceanside, CA
  • Jun-08-2014 I am a current student here

    Some of the Greeks seem stuck up and walk around like they're better than everyone else. Those not involved in Greek life could care less about their presence. Due to the few stuck up individuals, I would say Greeks typically have a bad reputation.

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  • 0
  • Rebeccah from Ventura, CA
  • Apr-28-2014 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    There is a large greek population, but unless it is Triton Day, because housing is off campus, they are rarely seen unless you seek them out. It is not pressuring if you are not a part of it.

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  • 0
  • Tina from Pasadena, CA
  • Mar-26-2014 I am a past student here

    There are a lot of sororities and fraternities, although there aren't any sorority/fraternity housing on campus or off campus.

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  • 0
  • Kristina from Escondido, CA
  • Feb-05-2014 I am a current student here

    There are many different fraternities and sororities to rush. Some are party fraternities/sororities and others are philanthropic. Others are a combination of both, and they do throw good parties.

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  • 0
  • Anonymous
  • Jan-22-2014 I am a current student here


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