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Colleges / University of California, San Diego

University of California, San Diego

La Jolla, CA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate24%

About UC San Diego

University of California, San Diego is a public research university known for its collaborative culture and emphasis on innovation. UCSD has a laid-back atmosphere and students who love to take advantage of the campus’s green spaces and the close proximity to the beautiful beaches in La Jolla, CA.  

One of the biggest draws for students interested in UC San Diego is the university’s focus on undergraduate research. UC San Diego offers several research opportunities for students through the faculty mentor program, the UC scholars program, and the academic internship program. 

While the UC San Diego sports teams and sports culture on campus are not as prominent as at other UC campuses, the UCSD teams do compete at the highest collegiate level. In 2020 UC San Diego transitioned from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I by joining the Big West Conference. The transition signifies the schools commitment to growing and supporting the athletic programs and athletic opportunities.

Did You Know? 

Surfing culture is huge at UC San Diego. In fact, UC San Diego is considered the most surf-friendly school in the country. The UCSD Surf Team is nationally ranked and has won many national championships. Additionally, the university offers year-round surf classes, has a surf club, and the surf community has also participated in surf-related research and inventions

See What the CC Community is Saying About UC San Diego.

University of California, San Diego is a public, state university in the suburb of La Jolla, California. UC San Diego was founded in 1959. The college currently enrolls around 41,482 students per year, including 33,096 undergraduate students.

UC San Diego Acceptance Rate

It is very difficult to get into UC San Diego. Around 24% of applicants get into UC San Diego each year. In 2022, 131,254 students applied to UC San Diego and 31,274 were admitted.

University of California, San Diego Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 24%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 4.0
Test Optional May require tests

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University of California, San Diego is located in the town of La Jolla, California, near San Diego.

If you would like 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 University of California, San Diego and La Jolla are like without leaving home.

College Info

9500 Gilman Drive La Jolla, CA 92093-0021

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.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

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Wondering what life at UC San Diego is like? There are approximately 41,482 students enrolled at UC San Diego, including 33,096 undergraduate students and 8,386 graduate students. 95% percent of students attend school full-time, 90% percent are from CA and 10% percent of students are from other states.


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