University of California San Diego is one of 10 public state schools in the UC system. Founded in 1960, the campus is in an urban setting on 1,900 acres of land. UC San Diego consists of six undergraduate colleges with about 26,500 students, five graduate schools and two medical schools, which serve about 5,500 postgraduate students. Two of the most well-renowned schools are the School of Medicine and the Jacobs School of Engineering. UCSD also runs four research institutes, including the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, the San Diego Supercomputer Center, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the UC San Diego Health System.
Two think tanks are also located on the UCSD campus: the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies. The six undergraduate residential colleges have their own housing facilities for students. First-year students are guaranteed housing, although they are not required to live on campus.
There are more than 200 undergraduate degrees. The student to faculty ratio is 19 to 1, and only about 35% of classes have fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at UCSD are biology; economics; psychology; political science and government; and communication and media studies. There are many opportunities for extracurricular activities on campus, with more than 550 student organizations to participate in. UCSD has an active Greek life with 38 chapters on campus. About 10% of women belong to a sorority and 10% of men to a fraternity.
The campus also has an aquarium, public museum, and the Large High Performance Outdoor Shake Table, which is one of the nation’s largest facilities to test a structure’s ability to withstand simulated earthquakes. A popular annual tradition at UCSD is the Sun God Festival. Beginning in 1983, the festival brings students together for concerts, carnival attractions, vendors, and student booths. Additionally, the campus is well-known for their International House, which allows around 350 students from over 30 different countries to live together.
The UCSD mascot is the Triton. They compete in 23 sports in Division II of the NCAA. Their teams have also won championships in soccer, volleyball, golf, water polo, tennis, softball, swimming, and diving. Students interested in attending a campus near the beach with many extracurricular opportunities will enjoy what UCSD has to offer.
Average GPA and Class Standing
SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
Number of 2017 (Class of 2021) applicants: 88,451
Note: The statistics below are for the Class of 2020!
Acceptance rate (overall): 34.0%
In-state applicant acceptance rate: 34.1%
Out-of-state domestic applicant acceptance rate: 49.1%
International applicant acceptance rate: 33.2%
Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Critical Reading: 580-680
SAT Math: 630-770
SAT Writing: 590-700
Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 27-32
ACT English: 28-32
ACT Math: 28-32
Standardized Test Requirements
Writing portion required
SAT Subject Tests recommended for engineering, biology and physical science majors
Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars
Salary After Attending
Score Card Information
4 years: 58%
6 years: 87%
Loan default rate: 2.5%
Rhodes Scholars: 0
Salary after attending: $59,000
Sex offenses: 10
Aggravated assaults: 0
Car thefts: 13
Total Cost of Attendance and Average In State Net Cost
Average In State Net Price By Income
In-state tuition, room and board (2016-2017): $26,217
Total Estimated Cost of Attendance
Net Cost (in-state)
By income: $0 to $30,000: $8,424 $30,001 to $48,000: $9,822 $48,001 to $75,000: $13,329 $75,001 to $110,000: $20,691 $110,001 and more: $27,790
Graduates with student debt: 60%
Average student debt at graduation: $21,660
Undergraduate Class Sizes
Student to Faculty Ratio
Student to Faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
Undergraduate Class Sizes Under 20: 35% 20 to 39: 24% 40 to 99: 17% 100+: 24%
In State: 76%
Out of State: 5%
University of California-San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr
La Jolla, CA 92093
Phone: (858) 534-2230
This page was last updated in January 2017.