University of California - San Diego

University of California - San Diego Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how University of California - San Diego ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is University of California - San Diego Ranked?

Quality Badge

2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

University of California - San Diego was awarded 736 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is health/medical psychology.

Overall Quality

UCSD landed the #129 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

UCSD is also ranked #24 out of 203 schools in California.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UCSD?

Acceptance Rate

University of California - San Diego has an acceptance rate of 34%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for UCSD.

Average Test Scores

About 84% of students accepted to UCSD submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 680. Math scores were between 610 and 730.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of California - San Diego  ( 600 to 680 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for University of California - San Diego  ( 610 to 730 )
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800
UCSD received ACT scores from 52% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 27 and 33.

ACT Composite Scores for University of California - San Diego  ( 27 to 33 )
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36

Learn more about University of California - San Diego admissions.

University of California - San Diego Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At University of California - San Diego, this rate is 19 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of California - San Diego is 85%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  85 out of 100
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100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of California - San Diego

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of California - San Diego has a freshmen retention rate of 93%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  93 out of 100
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100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at UCSD for first-time, full-time students is 58%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  58 out of 100
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100

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University of California - San Diego Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 30,794 undergraduates at UCSD with 29,966 being full-time and 828 being part-time.

How Much Does University of California - San Diego Cost?

The overall average net price of UCSD is $14,232. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UCSD

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,280 $9,974 $14,071 $20,205 $28,058

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UCSD, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UCSD, approximately 39% of students took out student loans averaging $5,491 a year. That adds up to $21,964 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UCSD is 1.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do UCSD Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from UCSD make around $59,900 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future UCSD graduates since it is 50% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.

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See which majors at University of California - San Diego make the most money.

Location of University of California - San Diego

University of California - San Diego is a public institution located in La Jolla, California. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for UCSD are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093
Phone: 858-534-2230
Website: www.ucsd.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCSanDiegoLife
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ucsandiego

University of California - San Diego Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 86 majors graduated from University of California - San Diego. Of these students, 8,393 received undergraduate degrees and 2,976 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Cognitive Science 632 $36,200
International Studies 631 $37,500
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 436 NA
Computer Science 435 $80,800
Economics 403 $42,000
Political Science & Government 390 $31,200
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 389 $36,900
Mathematics & Computer Science 306 NA
General Biology 302 $29,000
Chemistry 259 $37,500

Learn more about the majors offered at University of California - San Diego along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UCSD

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2018-2019, 398 students took at least one online class at University of California - San Diego. This is an increase from the 0 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 398 8
2017-2018 0 0
2016-2017 0 0
2015-2016 0 0
2013-2014 0 0

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

References

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