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About UC San Diego

UC San Diego Early Decision Results Release Date 2021

UC San Diego will release their Early Decision results on Wednesday December 15th. Share results and connect with other early applicants in the UC San Diego Community discussion.

Good luck to all early applicants!

University of California, San Diego Overview

University of California, San Diego is a public, state school in a suburban setting in La Jolla, California. UC San Diego was founded in 1959 and now enrolls around 39,037 students a year, including 31,842 undergrads. UC San Diego provides housing for up to 17,598 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 15% of students spend their weekends on campus .

There are many ways for students to get involved at UC San Diego! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of UC San Diego's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? UC San Diego students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? UC San Diego has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? UC San Diego has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at UC San Diego on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at UC San Diego on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! November 30, 2022 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should receive admissions decisions by March 31.

2021 UC San Diego Facts At-A-Glance
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Overall Acceptance Rate 38%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 0%
Average GPA 4.1
In-State Tuition $12,570
Out-of-State $42,324
Percent of Need Met 83.4%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $21,988

Is UC San Diego a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a closer look at each of these factors to get a better idea of what UC San Diego offers and if it sounds like the right college for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for University of California, San Diego

It is very difficult to get into UC San Diego. Around 38% of applicants get into UC San Diego each year. Out of 100,073 applications received in 2021, 38,325 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UC San Diego

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at UC San Diego, around 94% come back their sophomore year. Around 87% of students who started at UC San Diego earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for UC San Diego Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

UC San Diego's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $1.9 billion. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, UC San Diego spends about $29,069 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at UC San Diego

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. UC San Diego meets 83.4% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend UC San Diego full-time are awarded $21,988 a year in financial aid, on average.

Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $19,969 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at UC San Diego. Based on this information, how does UC San Diego sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is UC San Diego a good school for you?

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Where is University of California, San Diego Located?

UC San Diego is located in the suburban setting of La Jolla, California, less than an hour from San Diego.

If you want to see UC San Diego for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 5 to La Jolla, or book a flight to the nearest airport, San Diego International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what UC San Diego and La Jolla are like without leaving home.

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9500 Gilman Drive La Jolla, CA 92093

Campus Setting: Suburban

UC San Diego Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Nov 30

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UC San Diego is Nov 30.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UC San Diego is Nov 30.

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Wondering what life at UC San Diego is like? There are approximately 39,037 students enrolled at UC San Diego, including 31,842 undergraduate students and 7,195 graduate students. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 93% percent are from CA and 7% percent of students are from other states.


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