Salt air and sunshine. Renowned faculty. The finest labs and resources.

As one of the world's leading public research universities, UC San Diego attracts bold thinkers and creative achievers — those who look deeper to discover remarkable new ways of making a difference in the world. Our culture of collaboration sparks discoveries that advance society and drive economic impact. Everything we do is dedicated to ensuring our students have the opportunity to become changemakers, equipped with the multidisciplinary tools needed to accelerate answers to our world’s most pressing issues.


Basic details

  • Region: West
  • Location: San Diego, California
  • Campus setting: Suburban
  • Type of institution: Public

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 34%
  • Average ACT: 28-34
    Average SAT: 1300-1520
  • Test optional? Yes (Test Free)
  • Common Application Accepted? No
  • Areas of study offered include: Anthropology, Archaeology, Area Studies, Art History, Arts, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Dance, Design, Drama/Theatre Arts, Economics, Education, Ethnic/Cultural Studies, Engineering, English, Environmental Sciences, Gender Studies, Geology, History, Humanities, Information Sciences/Systems, International Relations, Languages, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Mathematics, Medical Sciences, Music, Neuroscience, Oceonography, Pharmacology, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Public Policy, Sociology, Urban Planning, Urban Studies
  • Full list of majors available:


  • International students are eligble for: Limited athletic scholarships
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $64,000


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division I
  • Varsity sports: Men's Athletics / Track and Field, Women's Athletics / Track and field, Men's Baseball, Women's Softball, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country, Men's Fencing, Men's Football / Soccer, Women's Football / Soccer, Men's Golf, Men's Rowing, Women's Rowing, Men's Swimming and Diving, Women''s Swimming and Diving, Men's Tennis, Women's Tennis, Men's Volleyball, Women's Volleyball, Men's Water Polo, Women's Water Polo

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