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University of California: San Diego

La Jolla, CA

At A Glance

Main Address

9500 Gilman Dr

La Jolla, CA 92093-5004

www.ucsd.edu

Admission Office

9500 Gilman Drive, 0021

La Jolla, CA 92093-0021

(858) 534-4831

Fax : (858) 534-5629

admissionsreply@ucsd.edu

Contact : Mara Affre

Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Admissions

Type of School

Public

university

4-year school

Coed

Regionally Accredited

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

College Board Member

College Board Code: 4836

Quick Facts

Total undergraduates : 28,587

In-State Tuition : $14,679.00

Out-of-State Tuition : $46,542.00

School Calendar

Quarter

Degrees Available

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

Setting

Large Town (10-50k)

Suburban

Residential campus

Other Characteristics

Includes 6 undergraduate colleges, each with different housing and general education requirements.

Deadlines

Admission

Regular application due: No Regular Application Deadline

Priority application due : --

College will notify student of admission : --

Student must reply to acceptance by : May 1

Housing deposit due : Jun 30

Tests

SAT Reasoning/ACT Score report due : Jan 15

SAT subject score report due : Jan 15

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application due : Jun 1

Financial Aid Priority Application due : Mar 2

College will notify student : --

Student must reply : --

Transfer Students

Transfer Application closing date : --

College will notify student of transfer decision by : --

Transfer priority application date : --

Transfer student must reply : --

Transfer deadline for filing financial aid forms : --

Transfer priority financial aid deadline : --

College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about : --

Student must reply to financial aid decision by : --

Major and Learning Environment

Learning Environment

Calendar type : Quarter

Degrees Offered in : Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral degrees

Accreditation and Associations

Regionally Accredited

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

College Board Member

Most Popular Majors

Bachelor's
Social Sciences : 32.0%
Biology : 17.0%
Engineering : 14.0%
Psychology : 8.0%
Communications/Journalism : 5.0%
Computer and Information Sciences : 5.0%

All Majors

Levels at which colleges offer undergraduate majors are designated by these letters :

A = Associate degree, B = Bachelor's degree, C = Certificate degree, D = Doctor degree, M = Master degree

Architecture & Related Programs
City/Urban, Community, and Regional Planning B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
Chinese Studies B
German Studies B
Italian Studies B
Japanese Studies B
Latin American Studies B M
Pacific Area/Pacific Rim Studies M
Russian Studies B
Women's Studies B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Animal Physiology B
Biochemistry B D
Bioinformatics B
Biology/Biological Sciences, General B D
Biomedical Sciences, General D M
Biophysics B D M
Biotechnology B
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology B
Ecology B
Evolutionary Biology B
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography D
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology B
Molecular Biology B
Neuroscience B D M

Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support
Management Science B

Communication, Journalism & Related Programs
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia B
Speech Communication and Rhetoric B D M

Computer & Information Sciences, Support Services
Computer Science B D M
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst B D M
Computer and Information Sciences, General B D M
Information Science/Studies B

Education
Bilingual and Multilingual Education M
Curriculum and Instruction M
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor M

Engineering
Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical/Space Engineering, General B D M
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering B D M
Chemical Engineering B D M
Computer Engineering, General B D M
Electrical and Electronics Engineering B D M
Engineering Mechanics B D M
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics B D M
Engineering Science B
Mechanical Engineering B D M
Ocean Engineering D M
Structural Engineering B D M
Systems Engineering B D M

Engineering Technologies/Technicians
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician B
Nanotechnology B D M
Robotics Technology/Technician D M

English Language, Literature & Letters
American Literature (United States) B D M
English Language and Literature, General B
English Literature (British and Commonwealth) B D M
Writing, General B

Family, Consumer & Human Sciences
Human Development and Family Studies, General B

Foreign Language, Literatures & Linguistics
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General B
Comparative Literature D M
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General B
French Language and Literature B M
German Language and Literature B M
Italian Language and Literature B
Japanese Language and Literature B
Linguistics B D M
Russian Language and Literature B
Spanish Language and Literature B M

History
History, General B D M

Mathematics & Statistics
Applied Mathematics B M
Mathematics, General B D M
Statistics, General M

Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies
Behavioral Sciences B
Cognitive Science, General B
Mathematics and Computer Science B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Science B
Environmental Studies B

Philosophy & Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies B M
Philosophy B D M
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Atomic/Molecular Physics B
Chemical Physics B
Chemistry, General B D
Materials Science D M
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical D
Physics, General B D M
Planetary Astronomy and Science B D

Psychology
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics D
Psychology, General B D M

Public Administration & Social Services
Public Policy Analysis B

Social Sciences
American Government and Politics (United States) B
Anthropology B D
Archeology B
Economics, General B D
International Relations and Affairs D
Political Science and Government, General B D M
Sociology B D M
Urban Studies/Affairs B

Visual & Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation B
Dance, General B
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts, General B M
Fine/Studio Arts, General B
Music, General B D M
Visual and Performing Arts, General M

Learning outside the classroom

Many colleges offer special programs like the opportunity to study abroad or participate in internships to get on-the-job training. Nearly all colleges provide extra academic help or tutoring to students who need it.

Special Study Options

Double Major

Visiting/Exchange Student Program

Honors Program

Independent Study

Internships

Student-Designed Major

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Dual Enrollment of High School Students

Cross-Registration

Liberal Arts/Career Combination

Teacher Certification

Off-Campus Study Options

Study Abroad

Washington Semester

Semester At Sea

Computer Services

1500 Public computers, available in: Computer Center, Libraries, Student Center

Dorms wired for access to campus-wide network

Dorms wired for high speed internet connections

Student web hosting available

Wireless network available

Computer repair service available on campus

Campus Life

Campus General Information

Unique Facilities : performing arts centers, student-run co-ops, supercomputer center, nature preserves, electron beam lithography facility, center for music experiment, structural engineering lab, aquarium, additional specialty research centers

Geographic Location : 12 miles from San Diego.

Large Town

Suburban

Residential Campus

Total undergraduates : 28,587

First-time degree-seeking freshmen : --

Degree-seeking undergrads : --

Graduate enrollment : --

Student General Information

All students average age : 21

Full time students average age : 21

In state students : 97.0%

Out of state students : 3.0%

Other Activities & Organizations

10.0% Men who Join Fraternities

10.0% Women who Join Sororities

Student Newspaper : UCSD Guardian

Student Newspaper URL : www.ucsdguardian.org

Housing Policies

First-year students living in college housing : 92.0%

All undergraduates living in college housing : 40.0%

Housing Options

Apartments For Married Students

Apartments For Single Students

Men's Housing

Women's Housing

Special Housing For Disabled Students

Special Housing For International Students

Coed Housing

Fraternity/Sorority Housing

Additional Housing Options

Housing deposit : $650.00

Housing deposit due : Jun 30

Housing deposit is refundable in full if student does not enroll.

Car is allowed for freshman

Pet is not allowed in the Dorm

General Athletics

Team Name : Tritons

Sport Member : NCAA

Sport's Levels Available

Intercollegiate

Club

Intramural

NCAA Division II

Counseling And Wellness

Alcohol/substance abuse counseling

Career counseling

Economically disadvantaged students services

Employment services for undergraduates

Financial aid counseling

Health services

Legal services

Minority students services

On-campus daycare

Personal counseling

Placement services for graduates

Veteran's counselor

Women's services

Additional Programs for Students with Disabilities

Comprehensive services for students with learning disabilities

Services and/or facilities for hearing impaired

Services and/or facilities for speech or communications disorders

Services and/or facilities for visually impaired

Wheelchair Accessibility

Academic Support Programs

Learning center

Pre-admission summer program

Reduced course load

Study skills assistance

Tutoring

Writing center

Activities

Y indicates available and N indicates not available

Activity Name

Available on Campus

Campus Ministries

Y

Choral Groups

Y

Concert Band

N

Dance Activity

Y

Drama/Theater

Y

Film Society

Y

Fraternities

Y

Government or Political Activity

Y

International Student Organization

Y

Jazz Band

Y

Literary Magazine

Y

Marching Band

N

Model United Nations

Y

Music Ensembles

Y

Musical Theater

Y

Opera

Y

Pep Band

Y

Radio Station

Y

Sororities

Y

Student Newspaper

Y

Symphony Orchestra

Y

Television Station

Y

Yearbook

Y

Sports

Sport Name

Levels Available

Badminton

Men's Club

Women's Club

Baseball

Men's Intercollegiate

Men's NCAA Division II

Basketball

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's NCAA Division II

Women's NCAA Division II

Bowling

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Cross-Country

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's NCAA Division II

Women's NCAA Division II

Diving

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Equestrian

Men's Club

Women's Club

Fencing

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Women's NCAA Division II

Football

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Football(non-tackle)

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Golf

Men's Intercollegiate

Men's NCAA Division II

Ice Hockey

Men's Club

Women's Club

Lacrosse

Men's Club

Women's Club

Rowing (Crew)

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Women's NCAA Division II

Rugby

Men's Club

Women's Club

Sailing

Men's Club

Women's Club

Skiing

Men's Club

Women's Club

Soccer

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Men's NCAA Division II

Women's NCAA Division II

Softball

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Women's NCAA Division II

Swimming

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's NCAA Division II

Women's NCAA Division II

Table tennis

Men's Club

Women's Club

Tennis

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's NCAA Division II

Women's NCAA Division II

Track and Field

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Track: Outdoor

Men's NCAA Division II

Women's NCAA Division II

Triathlon

Men's Club

Women's Club

Ultimate Frisbee

Men's Club

Women's Club

Volleyball

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Men's NCAA Division II

Women's NCAA Division II

Water Polo

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Men's NCAA Division II

Women's NCAA Division II

Other Sports : bodyboarding, juggling, rollerhockey, ballroom dancing, scuba diving, surfing, Triton stunt, cycling, dance team, dance sport, dodgeball, wiffleball, ping pong


Applying

General Applying Information

Application Fee: $70.00

Application fee notes: Paper/Online

Application Fee Waiver Available: Yes

Applied early admission : --

Admitted early admission : --

Applied early action : --

Admitted early action : --



Admission stats are based on first-time, degree seeking freshmen from Fall 2016 and Fall 2017.

Very Important

Academic GPA

Application Essay

Rigor of secondary school record

Standardized Test Scores

Important

Character/Personal Qualities

Extracurricular Activities

First generation college student

State Residency

Talent/Ability

Volunteer Work

Work Experience

Test Policies for Admission Decisions

Required: SAT or ACT

Test Policies for placement

SAT Reasoning Test

SAT Subject Tests

SAT score use policy

All SAT Scores Required for Review

Other Test Policies

If not native English speaker, one of following is required: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination (academic modules).

A note from the college

High school course pattern, GPA, essay and test scores most important. Admission for out-of-state applicants more selective than for residents.

High school class rank of incoming freshmen

Top Tenth : 100.0%

Top Quarter : 100.0%

Top Half : 100.0%

GPAs of incoming freshmen

3.5 - 3.74 : 16.0%

3.25 - 3.49 : 4.0%

Advanced Placement Program (AP) Information

Offers credit for AP Exams : Yes

Offers placement into higher-level courses for AP Exams : Yes

Offers sophomore standing for qualifying AP scores : Yes

AP credit policy depends on student’s major, school, or program : Yes

From the college: UC grants credit for all College Board Advanced Placement tests on which a student scores 3 or higher.

High school Coursework

High School diploma required, GED accepted

Course Name

Required

Recommended

Visual/Performing Arts

1

0

Science Lab

2

3

History

2

0

English

4

0

Math

3

4

Science

2

3

Foreign Language

2

3

Academic Electives

1

0

TEST Scores

Percent who submitted SAT scores : -- and Percent who submitted ACT scores : --

Test Subjects

Middle 50% of First-Year Students

SAT Math

*

SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing

*

ACT Composite

*


* The college did not report these requirements or does not have specific requirements.


AP & Admission Policy

Exam

Min Score Required

Number of Credits (By quarterly credits)

Equivalent Course(s)

Applicable Program

2-D Art and Design

3

8

--

All

3-D Art and Design

3

8

--

All

Art History

3

8

--

All

Biology

3

8

BILD 10

All

4

8

BILD 1, 2 & 3

All

Calculus AB

3

4

Math 10A

All

4

4

Math 20A or 10A

All

Calculus BC

3

8

Math 20A or 10A, 10B

All

4

8

Math 20A & 20B or 10A & 10B

All

Calculus BC: AB Subscore

3

4

Math 20A or 10A

All

Chemistry

3

8

Chem 4

All

4

8

exempts Chem 4; Chem 6AH, 6BH, 6CH recommended; may take Chem 6A, 6B, 6C for credit.

All

5

8

exempts Chem 6A, 6B, 6C; Chem 6AH, 6BH, 6CH encouraged for those continuing in chemistry or for professional school.

All

Chinese Language and Culture

3

8

LIFR/LIGM/LIIT/LISP 1C/ICX

All

4

8

LIFR/LIGM/LIIT/LISP 1D/1DX or LTFR/LTGM/LTSP/LTIT 2A

All

5

8

LTFR/LTGM/LIIT/LTSP 2B

All

Comparative Government and Politics

5

4

POLI 11

All

Computer Science A

4

8

CSE 8A

All

Computer Science Principles

4

8

CSE 3

All

Drawing

3

8

--

All

English Language and Composition

3

8

--

All

English Literature and Composition

3

8

--

All

Environmental Science

4

4

ESYS10

All

European History

3

8

--

All

French Language and Culture

3

8

LIFR/LIGM/LIIT/LISP 1C/ICX.

All

4

8

LIFR/LIGM/LIIT/LISP 1D/1DX or LTFR/LTGM/LTSP/LTIT 2A

All

5

8

LTFR/LTGM/LIIT/LTSP 2B

All

German Language and Culture

3

8

LIFR/LIGM/LIIT/LISP 1C/1CX

All

4

8

LIFR/LIGM/LIIT/LISP 1D/1DX or LTFR/LTGM/LTSP/LTIT 2A

All

5

8

LTFR/LTGM/LIIT/LTSP 2B

All

Human Geography

3

4

--

All

Italian Language and Culture

3

8

LIFR/LIGM/LIIT/LISP 1C/1CX

All

4

8

LIFR/LIGM/LIIT/LISP 1D/1DX or LTFR/LTGM/LTSP/LTIT 2A

All

5

8

LTFR/LTGM/LIIT/LTSP 2B

All

Japanese Language and Culture

3

8

LIFR/LIGM/LIIT/LISP 1C/1CX

All

4

8

LIFR/LIGM/LIIT/LISP 1D/1DX or LTFR/LTGM/LTSP/LTIT 2A

All

5

8

LTFR/LTGM/LIIT/LTSP 2B

All

Latin

3

4

LTLA 1, LTLA 2, LTLA 3

All

Macroeconomics

5

4

Econ 3

All

Microeconomics

5

4

Econ 1

All

Music Theory

3

8

--

All

Physics 1

3

8

PHYS 10 & Elective

All

Physics 2

3

8

PHYS 10 & Elective

All

Physics B

3

8

PHYS 10 & Elective

All

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

3

4

Phys 1B

All

4

4

Phys 1B or 2B

All

Physics C: Mechanics

3

4

Phys 1A

All

4

4

Phys 1A or 2A

All

Psychology

4

4

Psychology 1

All

Spanish Language and Culture

3

8

LIFR/LIGM/LIIT/LISP 1C/1CX

All

4

8

LIFR/LIGM/LIIT/LISP 1D/1DX or LTFR/LTGM/LTSP/LTIT 2A

All

5

8

LTFR/LTGM/LIIT/LTSP 2B

All

Spanish Literature and Culture

3

8

LISP 1D/1DX or LTSP 2A

All

4

8

LTSP 2B

All

5

8

LTSP 2C

All

Statistics

3

4

--

All

United States Government and Politics

3

4

--

All

5

4

POLI 10

All

United States History

3

8

--

All

World History: Modern

3

8

--

All

Paying

Financial Aid Distribution & Stats

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Priority Deadline : Mar 2

Regular Financial Aid Deadline : Jun 1

Contact Information

Financial aid contact name : Ann Klein

Financial aid office phone : (858) 534-4480

Financial Aid Forms

Domestic first-year financial aid applicants must submit the following forms, if applicable:

FAFSA

State aid form

Financial Aid Policies

This school practices need-blind admissions.

Need-based financial aid determined by

Academics

Art

Leadership

Minority Status

Music/Drama

Non need-based financial aid determined by

Academics

Art

Athletics

Leadership

Minority Status

Music/Drama

Work Study Programs

Nights

For part-time students

Weekends

Tuition payment plans

Installment payment

Annual College Costs

Cost Category

On Campus

Off Campus

At Home

In-state tuition and fees:

$14,679.00

$14,679.00

$14,679.00

Out-of-state tuition and fees:

$46,542.00

$46,542.00

$46,542.00

Room and board:

$15,336.00

$9,746.00

$4,470.00

Books and supplies:

$1,502.00

$1,502.00

$1,502.00

Estimated personal expenses:

$3,434.00

$3,724.00

$3,785.00

Transportation expenses:

$801.00

$1,606.00

$1,658.00

Estimated Total In-state:

$35,752.00

$31,257.00

$26,094.00

Estimated Total Out-of-state:

$67,615.00

$63,120.00

$57,957.00

The prices listed above are probably not what you and your family will pay. Most college students receive financial aid, which reduces the amount the family actually pays. For U.S. colleges, use the college's net price calculator to get the best estimate of what your family will pay.


For Transfer Students

Credit Information

Minimum number of credits: 60

Minimum college GPA (on a 4.0 scale): 2.4

Lowest grade earned for course that may be transferred for credit (on a 4.0 scale): 1

Maximum credits/courses from a 2-year institution: 70

Maximum credits/courses from a 4-year institution: 90

Minimum credits transfers must complete to earn bachelor's degree: --

Admission Requirements (Required)

College Transcript(s)

Essay or Personal Statement

Statement of good standing from Prior Institution(s)

Students who applied for transfer

Students who applied for transfer from 2 year schools: 94.0%

Students who applied for transfer from 4 year schools: 6.0%

Terms in which transfer students may enroll

Fall

Transfers accepted as

Junior

Services for students transferring IN from another school

Advisor

Orientation

Services for students transferring OUT of this school

Transfer advisor

Special Requirements

Students encouraged to complete as many major-prep courses as possible.

For International Students

Admission for International Students

Application fee: $70.00

Annual College Costs

Tuition and Fees: $46,542.00

Room & Board(on-campus): $15,336.00

Room & Board(off-campus): $9,746.00

Additional estimated expenses: --

Costs per credit hour: --

Financial Aid

International students eligible for non-need based aid

Tests for International Students

TOEFL Required of non-resident alien applicants

TOEFL (internet-based test) average score: --

TOEFL (internet-based test) minimum score: 83

TOEFL (paper) average score: --

TOEFL (paper) minimum score: --

Services for International Students

English as a Second Language Program On Campus for International Students

Special International Student Orientation Program

International Student Adviser