If you want to apply to UC San Diego, the regular decision application deadline is November 30 and the application fee costs $70. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for an application fee waiver.
Students who apply for Fall should hear back from UC San Diego by March 31.
University of California, San Diego does not offer early decision or early action..
Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.
UC San Diego is avery difficult school to get into. UC San Diego evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.
In 2021, UC San Diego accepted 38% of all applicants., around 38,325 of the 100,073 students who applied.
Schools that are very difficult to get into, like UC San Diego, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.
Transfer student admissions is very difficult. For applicants who are not residents of California, getting into University of California, San Diego is extremely difficult. In 2021, UC San Diego waitlisted 19,714 students. Of those, 14265 eventually got in.
Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you stand out.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Alumni/ae Relations||Not Considered|
|Class Rank||Not Considered|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Not Considered|
|Application Essay||Very Important|
|Racial/Ethnic Status||Not Considered|
|Religious Affiliation/Commitment||Not Considered|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Not Considered|
To apply, all applicants to UC San Diego must submit the following items. Double check with UC San Diego's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for some||Details (if any)|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement||√|
|Minimum High School Gpa (On 4.0 Scale)||3||3.4|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Students admitted to UC San Diego have an average unweighted GPA of 4.1. At UC San Diego 100% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 100% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.
Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.
|At University of California, San Diego, students GPAs fall in the following ranges|
|3.75 and 3.99||16.7%|
|3.50 and 3.74||5.6%|
|3.25 and 3.49||1%|
|3.00 and 3.24||0.1%|
|2.50 and 2.9||0%|
|2.00 and 2.49||0%|
|UC San Diego doesn't consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.|
UC San Diego does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to UC San Diego.
For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is November 30. Applicants should hear back by April 28.
Transfer students can enroll in UC San Diego during the following terms: Fall Term
Can I defer my acceptance to UC San Diego?
Students who are admitted to UC San Diego must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..
Does UC San Diego accept transfer credits?
UC San Diego accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.
Does UC San Diego accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
UC San Diego accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to UC San Diego?
UC San Diego. is not test optional. Test scores are will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.
How hard is it to get into UC San Diego? UC San Diego is a very selective institution. The UC San Diego acceptance rate is 38%. This means that the institution accepts 38 out of every 100 applicants.
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First-Year Applications are Due
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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Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At UC San Diego, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 4.09. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.
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