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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
  • 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
  • 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


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Kiryu
  • Jul-17-2015 I am a current student here

    There are many dining halls and types of food available. There is even a vegetarian dining hall if one is a vegetarian. However, after a while food cab be boring. There are also markets around campus that sell groceries so you can cook your own food.

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  • 4
  • Student from San Diego
  • Dec-30-2014 I am a current student here

    Each college has a separate dining hall. The dining hall at Revelle, 64 Degrees, is easily the nicest one on campus. It also serves a large variety of items. On the other side, Foodworx, the Sixth college dining hall, is the smallest. However, they uniquely serve personal pizzas that you specifically order as well as items such as wraps, sandwiches, and salads. Pines at Muir college typically has the best reputation for food, as it has different entrees each night. It also has a sandwich/wrap station more flexible than the one at Foodworx. New in the 2014-15 year is a Cantina station that serves burritos, tortas, taquitos, and quesadillas. Each college has its own market as well. These are very badly overpriced but convenient if you need something that you do not want to go off campus to purchase. Some colleges also have specialty restaurants. For example, Muir has Roots, a vegan restaurant. Marshall college has Goody's, a burrito place very similar to Chipotle. In the Village, the area where transfer students live, there is also a restaurant called the Bistro, which acts as a sit-down restaurant and serves nicer food as well. One problem is health. While many dining halls have a fruit and salad bar, most of the main dishes are high in sodium and fat. The plus is that UCSD posts a menu online so that you can see the general nutrition of something you are planning on buying.

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  • 5
  • Student A
  • Dec-28-2014 I am a current student here

    There are six different dining halls, lots of markets and some restaurants that you can use dining dollars on. Other than that, there are Panda Express and fast food chains. So you do get a lot of different choices.

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  • 4
  • Stefanie
  • Dec-21-2014 I am a current student here

    Some of the dining halls on campus aren't the best, but with so many available, you're sure to find one you like! The specialty dining places are a good alternative to the dining halls, especially Goody's, which has amazing burritos and is open until 1am, perfect for whenever you're craving a midnight meal. The markets are always open late as well, if you want a quick snack or something to cook a homemade meal with. There's always a huge variety at the dining halls, so it's pretty hard to get sick of campus food. If you do, though, there are plenty of fast food places and restaurants nearby, as well as several places that deliver to the dorms!

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  • 3
  • Alice from Las Vegas, NV
  • Dec-21-2014 I am a current student here

    Many colleges have a swipe card system in which they swipe their card once and have access to a buffet. UCSD, on the otherhand, has dining dollars where you pay for every item you buy. One of the many advantages of this system is that food is available throughout the day and markets close at 1 am which is great for late night market runs.

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  • 4
  • Catherine from Encinitas, CA
  • Nov-25-2014 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    If on a meal plan, the cafeterias are super convenient and hold a great variety of options for food.

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  • 2
  • Valine
  • Nov-18-2014 I am a current student here

    UCSD makes us pay 3,000 and translate it as dining dollars which can only be spent on the food in the dining halls and the specific supermarkets in the school. Dining hall food is very expensive, so are the products sold at the supermarkets. The food isn't too great, the proportions are small, taking it's cost into account. Many seniors in UCSD struggle with spending all their dining dollars as the dining hall food gets old really fast.

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  • 2
  • Paula from Santa Monica, CA
  • Nov-16-2014 I am a current student here

    The meal plans are not that great if you plan on spending all of your time on campus, so supplement with snacks and breakfast in your dorm.

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  • 4
  • Thomas from San Jose, CA
  • Nov-12-2014 I am a current student here

    Plenty of choices for food. Six dining halls, and even more markets and shops to shop from. Price Center in the middle of campus has a food court with many options to choose from if you grow tired of dining hall or market food.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Kiryu
  • Jul-17-2015 I am a current student here

    There are many greek orgs on campus both for males and females. Some are educational and some are for meeting new people

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  • 0
  • Stefanie
  • Dec-21-2014 I am a current student here

    I am personally not involved in Greek life, but have several friends that are, and they enjoy it very much. It may be a bit disadvantageous that there is no Greek row on campus, but they make the most out of it, and it doesn't hinder them. Greek life can keep you pretty busy, from volunteering to events to parties, but you get a great social experience and meet a lot of people.

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  • 0
  • Thomas from San Jose, CA
  • Nov-12-2014 I am a current student here

    Plenty of Frats to choose from. All are viable. Except Pike. Do NOT join Pike. They have a nasty reputation.

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  • 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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