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University of California - San Diego Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about University of California - San Diego. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is University of California - San Diego Ranked?

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2021 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 172 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is chemistry.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked UCSD as #94 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 116 colleges in California, UCSD is ranked at #12.

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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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SAT Math Scores for University of California - San Diego  ( 610 to 730 )
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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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University of California - San Diego Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At University of California - San Diego, the student to faculty ratio is 19 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

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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Retention and Graduation Rates at University of California - San Diego

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of California - San Diego has a freshmen retention rate of 94%. 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  94 out of 100
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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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Excellent Overall Diversity at UCSD

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 28,587 undergraduates at UCSD with 27,880 being full-time and 707 being part-time.

UCSD Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 97.32 out of 100, UCSD is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  97.32 out of 100
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How Much Does University of California - San Diego Cost?

The overall average net price of UCSD is $13,318. 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 +
$8,452 $9,674 $12,898 $19,247 $27,508

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UCSD, approximately 37% of students took out student loans averaging $5,333 a year. That adds up to $21,332 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UCSD is 1.7%. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from UCSD with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $59,900 in their early years. 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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Location of University of California - San Diego

University of California - San Diego is a public institution located in La Jolla, California. The location of UCSD is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Location of University of California - San Diego

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, 8,037 received undergraduate degrees and 2,676 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
International Studies 500 $37,500
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 498 $36,900
Cognitive Science 479 $36,200
Economics 451 $42,000
Computer Science 412 $80,800
Mathematics & Computer Science 387 NA
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 376 NA
Political Science & Government 313 $31,200
Communication & Media Studies 305 $33,800
General Biology 268 $29,000

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

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