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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
  • 4
  • el monte, ca
  • May-09-2016 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    there are many dining halls and restaurants on campus. the food is pretty okay.

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  • 4
  • college goer
  • Apr-06-2016 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    it doesn't seem terrible, just a bit repetitive. however there are many dining halls so it isn't too bad.

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  • 4
  • Question
  • Jan-27-2016 I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    I just had a question I heard its a quarter system is that really hard?

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  • 4
  • Student from Tucson, AZ
  • Jan-23-2016 I am a current student here

    There are 6 dining halls, so you have a huge variety to pick from. Be cautious, there are some that are better than others and just be prepared to really hate eating at the same place all the time. Pines (in Muir) is generally regarded as the best dining hall, but its always good to try them all.

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  • 4
  • Anna
  • Jan-07-2016 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Price Center is amazing- it's full of all the typical food places like Panda Express, Subway, and even a Tapioca Express (which I personally was really excited about). There are various other smaller eateries around campus, and from what I saw of the individual college cafeterias, there is a somewhat limited but tasty range of selections.

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  • 5
  • Isabella
  • Jan-01-2016 I am a current student here

    The food here is way better than I had expected. As a Muir student, I spend most of my meals at Pines, which has an excellent selection of food such as pizza, chicken tenders, salads, burritos, quesadillas, pastas, sandwiches, stir-fry, and sushi. All the other dining halls have similar varieties, and on-campus markets make up for any snack-foods, frozen meals, or coffee one might need. And if the dining halls get a little monotonous or the markets seem too expensive, there are third-party food vendors at Price Center and restaurants and markets very close by to the school. You won't go hungry all year!

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  • 4
  • Daniel from Monterey, CA
  • Dec-30-2015 I am a current student here

    The best thing about dining at UCSD is the variety. With 6 different dining halls and many other places to eat all serving different things you'll definitely find something you'll enjoy eating. Things will get bland if you only ever go to one place so do try to mix it up to keep things interesting.

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  • 3
  • Genevieve from Washington, DC
  • Dec-21-2015 I am a current student here

    You have all your college staples, but eventually they get a little old. There are six dining halls, six coffeeshops/convenient stores, and a couple specialty restaurants (e.g. a vegan place and a sit-down restaurant). There's lots to choose from so switching it up will help! In the apartments you can always make your own food, which can be a nice break from the dining halls.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Isabella
  • Jan-01-2016 I am a current student here

    Greek life exists and is pretty active for those involved. But because of a lack of a Greek Row and no football team, the greek life is more subdued and contained. This has a lot of benefits to campus culture, as I find the school safer, calmer, and more mature because of it. If you want to join a greek organization, it is very easy at UCSD. But if you do not, its culture is not imposing on your day-to-day life.

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  • 0
  • Daniel from Monterey, CA
  • Dec-30-2015 I am a current student here

    Greek life at UCSD is there if you want it and can be great for those looking to make lots of quick friends. However unlike some other schools there isn't any pressure to join. A couple of my close friends are in a fraternity and absolutely love it. They say the rushing process was a lot chiller than they expected it would be and probably is at other schools. Unfortunately there is no

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  • 0
  • Genevieve from Washington, DC
  • Dec-21-2015 I am a current student here

    Greek life is there if you want it and can be great to have a bigger social life. There is not any pressure to join one, however. Also, you can definitely have a social life without being in greek life, it may just take a bit more exploring and meeting. quite

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  • 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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