University of California-San Diego

La Jolla, CA

University of California-San Diego

9500 Gilman Dr
La Jolla, CA 92093
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University of California-San Diego Summary

What makes University of California-San Diego unique?

The University of California San Diego (UCSD) is a public institution founded in 1960, and the total undergraduate enrollment for the class of 2021 was just over 35,000 students. UCSD is situated in urban San Diego and is the only campus in the United States that is located on the beach. Students at UCSD take classes on a semester-based academic calendar, and tuition for in-state students is roughly a quarter of the cost that out-of-state students pay, making it a very attractive option for California residents. UCSD tends to offer large, lecture-style undergraduate classes and boasts a graduation rate that exceeds 90%. 

UCSD has a variety of student organizations and clubs for current attendees to choose from, and many of the activities are hosted in the centrally-located Price Center, where students can shop for books at the university bookstore, or watch movies at the student movie theatre. 

The university is split into seven undergraduate colleges and organizes its scholastic departments into four distinct academic divisions. The school also has over 15 research units or ORU’s that specialize in fields like medicine, computer science, and oceanography. UCSD has many modern buildings on campus compared to its older counterparts in Berkeley and Los Angeles, including the noteworthy Geisel Library. Notable alumni include jazz musician Nathan East, scientist Susumu Tonegawa, and political activist Angela Davis.

University of California-San Diego Review

B+ Great
3.69445 Based on 9 Reviews
Career Preparation
B+
Students and Culture
A-
Facilities
A-
Activities and Groups
B+

Degree Overview

Check out the most popular majors and specific degrees students have earned at University of California-San Diego.

*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.

3617 Mathematics and Science Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Anatomy
 
376
 
 
 
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, Other
 
2
 
 
 
Biochemistry
 
884
 
 
 
Bioinformatics
 
67
0
 
10
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
 
268
128
 
31
Biophysics
 
16
 
 
4
Biostatistics
 
 
0
 
 
Chemical Physics
 
0
 
 
 
Chemistry, General
 
58
61
 
30
Chemistry, Other
 
189
 
 
2
Computational Mathematics
 
 
 
 
2
Computational Science
 
 
36
 
 
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other
 
52
 
 
 
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
 
3
5
 
6
Epidemiology
 
 
 
 
6
Financial Mathematics
 
 
135
 
 
Geochemistry
 
0
 
 
 
Geology/Earth Science, General
 
17
9
 
9
Geophysics and Seismology
 
0
 
 
0
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other
 
 
54
 
 
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
 
65
41
 
15
Mathematics and Computer Science
 
387
 
 
 
Mathematics, General
 
72
6
 
17
Mathematics, Other
 
170
 
 
4
Microbiology, General
 
40
 
 
 
Molecular Biology
 
48
 
 
 
Neurobiology and Neurosciences, Other
 
 
 
 
1
Neuroscience
 
 
0
 
26
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
 
 
18
 
18
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
 
 
0
 
0
Physical Sciences, Other
 
15
 
 
3
Physics, General
 
50
9
 
22
Physics, Other
 
35
 
 
0
Statistics, General
 
 
14
 
 
Statistics, Other
 
81
 
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

3116 Human and Social Sciences Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
American Government and Politics (United States)
 
28
 
 
 
Anthropology
 
51
9
 
5
Anthropology, Other
 
 
 
 
0
Area Studies, Other
 
1
 
 
 
Chinese Studies
 
5
 
 
 
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
 
5
 
 
 
Clinical Psychology
 
73
 
 
10
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
 
16
 
 
 
Cognitive Science
 
479
1
 
5
Developmental and Child Psychology
 
19
 
 
 
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
 
30
5
 
6
Experimental Psychology
 
 
 
 
4
German Studies
 
0
 
 
 
Health/Medical Psychology
 
18
 
 
 
History, General
 
62
6
 
12
Human Development and Family Studies, General
 
59
 
 
 
International Relations and Affairs
 
 
254
 
 
International/Global Studies
 
1000
 
 
 
Italian Studies
 
3
 
 
 
Japanese Studies
 
7
 
 
 
Jewish/Judaic Studies
 
1
 
 
 
Latin American Studies
 
4
6
 
 
Linguistics
 
43
1
 
0
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
 
21
 
 
 
Philosophy
 
22
1
 
4
Political Science and Government, General
 
100
13
 
14
Political Science and Government, Other
 
185
 
 
1
Psychology, General
 
242
0
 
1
Psychology, Other
 
10
 
 
2
Public Policy Analysis, General
 
 
45
 
 
Religion/Religious Studies
 
4
 
 
 
Russian Studies
 
0
 
 
 
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies
 
1
 
 
 
Social Psychology
 
40
 
 
 
Social Sciences, Other
 
28
 
 
 
Sociology
 
105
4
 
5
Urban Studies/Affairs
 
40
 
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

2014 Engineering Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
 
95
6
 
1
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
 
204
302
 
58
Biological/Biosystems Engineering
 
15
 
 
 
Biomedical Sciences, General
 
 
3
 
24
Chemical Engineering
 
104
22
 
1
Computer Engineering, General
 
117
23
 
4
Computer Engineering, Other
 
 
0
 
 
Computer Hardware Engineering
 
 
21
 
 
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
 
173
78
 
31
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Other
 
 
43
 
 
Engineering Science
 
1
 
 
2
Engineering, Other
 
53
54
 
17
Environmental Studies
 
52
 
 
 
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
 
48
 
 
 
Materials Engineering
 
 
46
 
23
Materials Sciences, Other
 
 
 
 
1
Mechanical Engineering
 
134
67
 
18
Real Estate Development
 
3
 
 
 
Structural Engineering
 
93
65
 
12

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

944 Healthcare Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Animal Physiology
 
42
 
 
 
Audiology/Audiologist
 
 
 
 
18
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
 
 
24
 
 
International Public Health/International Health
 
130
 
 
2
Medical Scientist
 
 
159
 
 
Medicine
 
 
 
 
112
Neurobiology and Anatomy
 
223
 
 
 
Pharmacy
 
 
 
 
62
Public Health, General
 
170
 
 
 
Public Health, Other
 
 
 
 
2

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

824 Business Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Business Administration and Management, General
 
 
121
 
0
Development Economics and International Development
 
 
 
 
0
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
 
299
6
 
15
Economics, General
 
152
4
 
2
Economics, Other
 
 
 
 
0
Finance, General
 
 
0
 
 
International Economics
 
 
10
 
 
Management Science
 
215
 
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

759 Computer Technology Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Computer and Information Sciences, Other
 
 
28
 
 
Computer Science
 
412
267
 
25
Systems Engineering
 
 
24
 
3

378 Education and Liberal Arts Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Applied Mathematics, General
 
177
5
 
 
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
 
10
1
 
3
Education, General
 
 
73
 
12
English Language and Literature, General
 
24
0
 
 
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
 
41
8
 
6
French Language and Literature
 
1
 
 
 
Italian Language and Literature
 
1
 
 
 
Literature, Other
 
 
 
 
0
Mathematics Teacher Education
 
7
 
 
 
Russian Language and Literature
 
0
 
 
 
Spanish Language and Literature
 
9
 
 
 

339 Communication and Media Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Communication, General
 
305
5
 
2
Design and Visual Communications, General
 
27
 
 
 

289 Art and Design Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Acting
 
 
7
 
 
Dance, General
 
8
 
 
 
Directing and Theatrical Production
 
 
10
 
 
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
 
44
 
 
3
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
 
 
2
 
 
Fine/Studio Arts, General
 
38
 
 
 
Music Performance, General
 
 
 
 
5
Music, General
 
15
6
 
10
Music, Other
 
 
 
 
0
Playwriting and Screenwriting
 
 
2
 
 
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
 
 
3
 
 
Visual and Performing Arts, General
 
117
16
 
2
Visual and Performing Arts, Other
 
 
 
 
1

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Accreditation Information

This institution is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission
Specialized Institution Accreditations
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship (UC San Diego Medical Center)
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
  • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
  • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
  • English Language (English Language English Language Institute 10 week and 4-week/short Term Programs)
Liaison Committee on Medical Education
  • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree

* Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)

Alumni & Student Reviews

B+ Great
Career Preparation

What letter grade would you give your school on how well it prepares students for a career in the real world?

3.5555555555556 Based on 9 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Biology, Class of 1992

    It's changed too much since left for me to comment

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    B.S. Biology, minor in History, Class of 1993

    not sure.....it has been a long time since I graduated

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Management Science, Class of 2009

    UCSD has a career center where students can get some information and also has job fairs.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Microbiology, Class of 2007

    internship listings, working with professors

    4 Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Students and Culture

What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?

3.7777777777778 Based on 9 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Psychology, Class of 1990

    It was a long time ago, but lots of Asians and not much of a party school.

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Pharmacological Chemistry, Class of 2011

    Lots of people who are completely focused on school.

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Management Science, Class of 2009

    Every individual is different, but overall fairly easy going.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Microbiology, Class of 2007

    laid back, easy going, quiet campus

    4 Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Facilities

What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.

4 Based on 9 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Biology, Class of 1992

    Great library but Classes of 3-400 students, no personal connection with profs, labs etc have changd a lot since then

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    B.S. Biology, minor in History, Class of 1993

    all good, building new stuff all the time

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Psychology, Class of 1990

    If you asked me what they WERE like 25 years ago I might be able to answer, but if you ask me what they ARE like then I have to say I don't know.

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Pharmacological Chemistry, Class of 2011

    Some were new and in great condition, others were a bit older but still clean.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Management Science, Class of 2009

    There are two big libraries, which provides a very useful place for students to study while in between classes.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Economics, Class of 2006

    Generally pretty new and maintained

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Microbiology, Class of 2007

    dorms dated, food and dorms scattered throughout campus, library is good, new construction means new classrooms

    4 Rated January 2016
B+ Great
Activities and Groups

What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?

3.4444444444444 Based on 9 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Biology, Class of 1992

    Good intramural sports and hobby classes like pottery, great theater

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Management Science, Class of 2009

    I am not very familiar with them.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    economics, Class of 1995

    intramural sports, surf team and clubs were unique

    4 Rated January 2016

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