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The University of California, San Diego is part of the UC system in the state of California. UC San Diego includes six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions and five graduate and professional schools. Its School of Medicine and Jacobs School of Engineering are highly ranked.

Key Facts


  • #28 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2023-24
  • #8 in Top Public Schools
  • #16 Computer Science
  • #22 in Engineering Program

Year founded

  • 1960

School type

  • Public, coed, no religious affiliation

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 33,096

Latest graduate enrolment

  • 7,561

Student-faculty ratio

  • 19:1

Freshman acceptance rate

  • 30.2%

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  • SAT 1420 / ACT 33

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 4.02 – 4.28 (Weighted)

International student population

  • 5,628

Transfer GPA of Kings alumni

  • 3.7 – 3.9

Employment/ job placement rate

  • 85%

Median starting salary of alumni

  •  $60,200

Popular majors

  • Engineering, Biology, Economics, Arts

Tuition and Room & Board

  • $60,879


About the university

Different colleges/ schools within the university ex. College of Arts and Sciences:
Colleges: Revelle College, John Muir College, Thurgood Marshall College, Earl Warren College, Eleanor Roosevelt College, Sixth College.
Departments: Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Jacobs School of Engineering, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences.
Graduate and professional schools: Rady School of Management, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, School of Global Policy and Strategy, School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

  • UC San Diego offers 42 majors in 7 Academic Programs
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Over 500 student clubs and organizations
  • Famous alumni include Susumu Tonegawa, Immunologist and Molecular Biologist; Jef Raskin, Computer Scientist
"My Progression Advisor helped me write organized essays. Whenever I had any issues with my transfer applications, she helped me reach out to my target schools to resolve the problem. In general, she helped me navigate the transfer process."
UC San Diego

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