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University of California--San Diego

#34 in National Universities (tie)La Jolla, CA

La Jolla, CA

University of CaliforniaSan Diego is a public institution that was founded in 1960. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 31,842 (fall 2020), its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,976 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. University of CaliforniaSan Diego's ranking in the 2022 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #34. Its in-state tuition and fees are $14,733; out-of-state tuition and fees are $44,487.

The University of CaliforniaSan Diego lies alongside the Pacific Ocean in the La Jolla community of San Diego. The UCSD Tritons compete in more than 20 NCAA Division II sports, mainly in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. The school has hundreds of student organizations, and the university hosts a thriving Greek community. All freshmen are eligible for guaranteed on-campus housing for two years, but they are not required to live on campus. The campus has an aquarium and is home to the Large High Performance Outdoor Shake Table, which tests structures’ ability to withstand simulated earthquakes.

UCSD 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. One UCSD tradition is the Sun God Festival, which began in the 1980s and includes concerts featuring popular musicians, carnival activities, vendors and student booths. UCSD is also known for its International House, where approximately 350 students from more than 30 countries live and learn together. Notable UCSD alumni include Guy "Bud" Tribble and Bill Atkinson, who helped create the first Apple Macintosh computer, and Mike Judge, an actor, writer, director and producer who created the film "Office Space" and the TV series "King of the Hill."


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University of California--San Diego's 2022 Rankings

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University of California--San Diego Admissions

University of California--San Diego admissions is most selective with an acceptance rate of 38%. Half the applicants admitted to University of California--San Diego have an SAT score between 1260 and 1480 or an ACT score of 26 and 33. However, one quarter of admitted applicants achieved scores above these ranges and one quarter scored below these ranges. The application deadline is Nov. 30 and the application fee at University of California--San Diego is $70.

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Academic Life at University of California--San Diego

The student-faculty ratio at University of California--San Diego is 19:1, and the school has 46% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of California--San Diego include: Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Computer Science; International/Globalization Studies; Econometrics and Quantitative Economics; Biochemistry; Mathematics and Computer Science; Communication, General; Neurobiology and Anatomy; Electrical and Electronics Engineering; and Mechanical Engineering. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 94%.

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Student Life at University of California--San Diego

University of California--San Diego has a total undergraduate enrollment of 31,842 (fall 2020), with a gender distribution of 50% male students and 50% female students. At this school, 9% of the students live in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing and 90% of students live off campus. In sports, University of California--San Diego is part of the NCAA I.

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University of California--San Diego Tuition & Financial Aid

At University of California--San Diego, 51% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,857.

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University of California--San Diego offers a number of student services, including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, health insurance. University of California--San Diego also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc.). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of California--San Diego.

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