University of California - San Diego

University of California - San Diego Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is University of California - San Diego Ranked?

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2023 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 2,091 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is bioinformatics.

Overall Quality

UCSD is ranked #49 out of 2,241 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2023 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. This is an improvement over the previous year, when UCSD held the #129 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

UCSD is also ranked #9 out of 170 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 37%, 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 89% 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 620 and 710. Math scores were between 650 and 770.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of California - San Diego  ( 620 to 710 )
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SAT Math Scores for University of California - San Diego  ( 650 to 770 )
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UCSD received ACT scores from 34% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 28 and 34.

ACT Composite Scores for University of California - San Diego  ( 28 to 34 )
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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 86%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  86 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 62%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  62 out of 100
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University of California - San Diego Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 31,842 undergraduates at UCSD with 30,939 being full-time and 903 being part-time.

How Much Does University of California - San Diego Cost?

The overall average net price of UCSD is $15,240. 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 +
$9,823 $11,176 $14,310 $20,906 $29,132

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 33% of students took out student loans averaging $6,268 a year. That adds up to $25,072 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UCSD is 1.0%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from UCSD make about $74,771 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for UCSD students since it is 76% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 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 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 88 majors graduated from University of California - San Diego. Of these students, 9,086 received undergraduate degrees and 2,850 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 699 $39,060
International Studies 585 $41,542
Computer Science 537 $87,738
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 530 NA
Political Science & Government 453 $28,579
Economics 436 $42,370
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 347 $33,915
Public Health 313 $30,159
Chemistry 311 $38,643
General Biology 268 $26,086

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 2019-2020, 36,854 students took at least one online class at University of California - San Diego. This is an increase from the 398 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 36,854 26,615
2018-2019 398 8
2017-2018 0 0
2016-2017 0 0
2015-2016 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.

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