Students Say

UCSD is widely regarded by students as “one of the top science universities in the United States.” As a result, the school attracts bright students who benefit from “access to cutting edge technology and theories” and “great opportunities for undergraduates to do research.” Professors “are incredibly knowledgeable about their material, and many of them are actively doing research in their field.” Research opportunities are widely available to undergraduate science majors. However, sciences are not the only attraction at UCSD. The university is home to six separate colleges, a system that students say is “a great way to not feel like a small fish in a huge ocean.”

Overview

Applicants
67,400
Acceptance Rate
37%
Average HS GPA
4.00

GPA Breakdown

92%
Over 3.75
6%
3.50 - 3.74
2%
3.25 - 3.49
1%
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

SAT Reading
560 - 660
SAT Math
620 - 740
ACT Composite
26 - 31

Deadlines


Regular
November 30

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Overall

Students Say

UCSD is widely regarded by students as “one of the top science universities in the United States.” As a result, the school attracts bright students who benefit from “access to cutting edge technology and theories” and “great opportunities for undergraduates to do research.” Professors “are incredibly knowledgeable about their material, and many of them are actively doing research in their field.” Research opportunities are widely available to undergraduate science majors. However, sciences are not the only attraction at UCSD. The university is home to six separate colleges, a system that students say is “a great way to not feel like a small fish in a huge ocean.” Whereas it might seem like some science professors “are more interested in research than teaching,” students say, “Humanities professors tend to be more accessible and more interested in their students as well as what they are teaching.” Overall, however, “Professors are very helpful and willing to take extra time to help students understand material.” Given the fact that UCSD is a large public university, students say, “Professors are extremely willing to help and mentor students if you seek them out.” Another major benefit to attending a large university is that “there are a lot of resources, and there is always a faculty member or organization that will help you achieve what you want.” Students say they are excited about “where UCSD is going; this university will undoubtedly set the new standard of what it means to be an elite public university in the years to come.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
19:1
Total Faculty
1,177
with Terminal Degree
1,150

817
Men
360
Women
277
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
66%
Graduate in 5 years
95%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Susma Tonegawa
1987 Nobel Laureate in Medicine

Bill Atkinson
Co-founder of Apple Computer

Mike Judge
Animator, filmmaker

Tim Roemer
U.S. congressman/U.S. Ambassador to India

K. Megan McArthur
NASA Astronaut

Donald W. Murphy
CEO of The Freedom Center

Craig Venter
Founder of the Institute of Genomic Research

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
86
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$13,799

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$17,257

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,997

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$20,474

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
55%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$12,460

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$13,456
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$36,334
Required Fees
$1,264
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,509

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,624

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Federal Academic Competitive Grant Federal National SMART Grant Federal TEACH Grant-Loan
Need-Based College Aid Gift
Need-Based Federal Pell Grant
Need-Based Private Sch Grant
Need-Based Sch Grant Other
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

The typical student at UCSD "is a little nerdy and studies a lot." "Doing well academically at UCSD is an extreme priority, even to students who are not good students. Most of the students are geared toward extended education or professional school." However, "there are plenty of students who balance aca­ demics with other things, like sports or clubs." The student body "has such a diverse range of personalities" that most anyone "can fit in here because it's such a big school, and there are so many different organizations and places where you can find people that enjoy the same things as you." Students say that the population of students in the humanities has been growing "rapidly" in recent years, but some still see room for improvement among the diversity of the student body. There are those who would love "to see more students become socially conscious" to enhance the overall student body experience on campus.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
23,805
Out of State
4%

International
20%
Foreign Countries Represented
87

Demographics

49.41%
Asian
2.25%
African-American
18.20%
Hispanic
25.37%
Caucasian
4.09%
Unknown
20.36%
International

48% female
52% male
4% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Students love to take advantage of UCSD's "unbeatable location," ten minutes from the beach and a quick ride away from downtown San Diego. It is easy to enjoy "all the nature around the campus by hiking, biking, [and] camping," or taking surf lessons, which "are offered on campus for a modest fee." It is also "super easy to get to San Diego proper for a fun night out." There is a percep­ tion that social life is somewhat lacking on the campus itself, which may be the result of UCSD being such a large, academically intensive school. While some students have trouble fitting a social life into their busy study schedules, others say that, in fact, there are "tons of resources and ways to get involved" on campus; students "just have to actively seek them." Plenty of people "play sports or participate in clubs." "Lots of people enjoy kickbacks and small par­ ties but the party scene isn't too big here." In the spring, the Sun God Festival is "always a popular event" that brings the entire campus together. There "is not really a huge emphasis on the athletics department," much to the annoy­ ance of some students. However, students who make the most of their experi­ ence here maintain, "There is always an event going on and so many clubs to be involved in. From the Greek life, to the intramural sports, to the variety of clubs, there is literally a place for everyone."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
43%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
69
First-Year Students living on campus
95%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
83

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Other

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Roberta J. Gimblett

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation Wechester Adult Intelligence Scales Woodcock-Johnson-Revised Tests

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Documentation from the student's doctor

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
596
Number of Honor Societies
4

Number of Social Sororities
22
Number of Religious Organizations
65

14% join a fraternity
14% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Tritons)
13 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Tritons)
12 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
117

Average Number of PC's per Lab
16

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
through bookstore, Dell, Sun, HP, IBM, Apple, Sony and others.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jessica Rogers
Campus Tours Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions and Outreach
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0075

Phone
(858)822-1684

Email
jsrogers@ucsd.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Geisel Library
Stuart Art (sculpture) Gallery
Sun God Statue
Ocean Cliffs-Torrey Pines State Reserve
Stephen Birch Aquarium and Museum
Price Center and Price Center East. The Loft UCSD. The La Jolla Playhouse.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park
Beaches
Gaslamp Quarter
Old Town
San Diego Wild Animal Park SeaWorld

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8am-4:30pm
(858)822-1684

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Sat 11am
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
N/A

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
San Diego International Airport is 15 miles from campus. Taxis, shuttles and public buses are available for the ride to campus from the airport. Amtrak trains and Greyhound/Trailways buses serve downtown San Diego. The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System provides bus service in the area and the San Diego Trolley runs on 2 lines from the Amtrak depot.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-5, exit to Gilman Dr. W. Follow it to the information kiosk, where you may get a parking permit, campus map, and directions. Parking is free on weekend.

Local Accommodations
The closest hotel to the university is the Residence Inn by Marriott (8901 Gilman Dr.; 858-587-1170). Another within walking distance is the Radisson Hotel of La Jolla (3299 Holiday Ct.; 858-453-5500).
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Key Stats

67,400
Applicants
23,805
Size
37%
Acceptance Rate
1290
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists