University of California-San Diego.
College

University of California-San Diego

La Jolla, CA4 year degree
$42,032
Out-of-state tuition
34%
Acceptance rate

About University of California-San Diego

The University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego or, colloquially, UCSD) is a public research university in San Diego, California. Established in 1960 near the pre-existing Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego is one of the ten campuses of the University of California, and offers over 200 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, enrolling 31,842 undergraduate and 8,631 graduate students. The university occupies 2,141 acres (866 ha) near the coast of the Pacific Ocean, with the main campus resting on approximately 1,152 acres (466 ha).UC San Diego is organized into seven undergraduate residential colleges (Revelle, John Muir, Thurgood Marshall, Earl Warren, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sixth, and Seventh), four academic divisions (Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences), and seven graduate and professional schools (Jacobs School of Engineering, Rady School of Management, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, School of Global Policy and Strategy, School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the newly established Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science). UC San Diego Health, the region's only academic health system, provides patient care, conducts medical research and educates future health care professionals at the UC San Diego Medical Center, Hillcrest, Jacobs Medical Center, Moores Cancer Center, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Institute for Genomic Medicine, Koman Family Outpatient Pavilion and various express care and urgent care clinics throughout San Diego.The university operates 19 organized research units (ORUs), including the Center for Energy Research, Qualcomm Institute (a branch of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology), San Diego Supercomputer Center and the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind, as well as eight School of Medicine research units, six research centers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and two multi-campus initiatives, including the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. UC San Diego is also closely affiliated with several regional research centers, such as the Salk Institute, the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, and the Scripps Research Institute. It is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity". According to the National Science Foundation, UC San Diego spent $1.265 billion on research and development in fiscal year 2018, ranking it 7th in the nation.UCSD is considered one of the country's Public Ivies. As of August 2018, UC San Diego faculty, researchers and alumni have won 27 Nobel Prizes and three Fields Medals, eight National Medals of Science, eight MacArthur Fellowships, and three Pulitzer Prizes. Additionally, of the current faculty, 29 have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, 70 to the National Academy of Sciences, 45 to the Institute of Medicine and 110 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Highlights

  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 28,577 students
  • 0.51 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available
  • www.ucsd.edu

Notable programs at University of California-San Diego

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Visual and Performing Arts, Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, and Finance.

Acceptance Rates

34%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
1343
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

30,061 students out of 88,446 applicants were accepted into University of California-San Diego. They had an average SAT score of 1343. 84% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 52% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

$42,032
Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
$14,018
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at University of California-San Diego was $42,032, while for in-state students it was $14,018. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $43,013.

The average financial aid at University of California-San Diego is $17,164. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $24,868 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at University of California-San Diego

Family Income Level

Average Discount

58%
Of undergrads receive grants
36%
Of undergrads receive federal loans

58% of undergraduate students at University of California-San Diego received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at University of California-San Diego

$13,115
Room & board
$1,198
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of California-San Diego was of $13,115 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,198.

Diversity at University of California-San Diego

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017