University of California-San Diego

La Jolla, CA, USA
3.90 Average Rating

Founded in 1960, the University of California of San Diego is a research institution located in La Jolla, CA. The 1,200 coastal woodland campus along the Pacific Ocean is home to six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, 5 graduate and professional schools, as well as 19 research units, including the Center for Energy Research, the Qualcomm Institute, and the San Diego Supercomputer Center. UC San Diego also features a 5,000-seat arena and eight other sports facilities, as well as the La Jolla Playhouse and The Loft, a performance lounge.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Public
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed

Need Aware

This school may consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Major city

0
100
30%
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Fall Regular Decision November 30, 2019 May 1, 2020

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
75%
Out-Of-State Students
6%
39%
Submitting ACT
86%
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 31
0
36
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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Doctorate
Total Number of Students
35,772
Total Number of Undergrads
28,587
Academic Calendar

Quarter

Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
38%
20-39 Students
22%
40-99 Students
15%
100+ Students
23%
0
100
57%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
86%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
19:1
US National: 21:1
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Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$14,616
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Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$14,451
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$55,065
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$14,205
Books and Supplies
$1128

Aid & Grants

0
100
85%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
49%
Average Aid Per Year
$24,288
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
49%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,741
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$8,462

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
33%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$5,698
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$17,500
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$186
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
47%
53%
Student Organizations
501
Size of Town
Major city
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
Yes
On Campus Women's Center
Yes

Housing

0
100
39%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
No

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Tritons
School Colors
Blue/Gold
Varsity Athletics Association
NCAA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Not applicable

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
Yes
Campus emergency phones
Yes
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
San Diego
San Francisco
Los Angeles
Orange
New York
Employed
6 mos. after graduation
67%
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$59,900
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What Students Are Saying

3.90 Average Rating
The campus is huge and nice.
The academic environment is strict, compared to the free campus environment.
The location is pretty great, as it is located in La Jolla, near a beach.
MiraMesa from San Diego, CA
Upon attending the University of California-San Diego, it has become more than an academic institute for me, it is a new home, a place of self-discovery, as well as a foundation to a strong and bright future. UCSD provides a welcoming environment for its students, returning and new, and it pushes you to reach your potential with its inspirational messages and morals around spread throughout the campus amongst its six colleges. The campus's endless resources and eager professors and counselors are a relief to have with me every step of the way, and I am grateful to be part of the UC San Diego experience.
Angela
A beautiful campus that challenges you to do well academically. There is a non-competitive atmosphere and students are willing to help each other do well. The quarter system is extremely fast paced and requires focus and dedication.
Student from Tucson, AZ
UCSD is everything I wanted out of a school -- I love it here! The campus life is definitely present, but decentralized enough that you are free to participate however much you wish to. The location is wonderful and the opportunities are endless -- the perfect place to start your adult life and college academic career!
Isabella

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