Campus & Student Life at University of California - San Diego

Home to about 31,842 undergraduates in 2020, UCSD is a very large, public university located in La Jolla, California. This urban setting might be best suited for students who like the fast-paced city life. Should you tire of the campus however, UCSD offers a “study abroad” program. Please note, some classes/degrees offered by UCSD can be taken “online” so keep that in mind when reviewing this report. For more context, you might also check out our UCSD Guide to Distance and Online Learning.

UCSD Has a Disability Services Site

For more information on policies and accommodations that the university provides to ensure all students get the opportunity to participate, you can visit UCSD Disability Services.

UCSD for the Military

While not a "service academy", UCSD does offer support for veterans and those seeking a career in the armed forces. There is an active student veterans group on campus. For more information on policies related to veterans, you can visit UCSD Veteran Services . For more information, check out our UCSD for Veterans Guide.

UCSD offers On-Campus Day Care

For students with young families, UCSD does offer some day care. Programs like this are often in very high demand, so be sure to inquire as soon as you can.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at University of California - San Diego

UCSD offers on-campus housing, but freshmen are not required to take advantage of it. In the end though, most do choose to live in the dorms.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at University of California - San Diego

* Data compiled from students who received financial aid, including loans.

Full-time vs. Part-time Studies at University of California - San Diego

UCSD has a comparatively very large, student body. There were 31,842 undergraduates in 2020. Full-time attendance was 30,939 (97.2%). Part-time attendance was 903 (2.8%).

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30,93990331,842

University of California - San Diego is Ranked #87 for Overall Diversity

Compared to other colleges and universities across the nation, UCSD receives top marks for overall diversity. We rank UCSD #87 out of 3,451.

The chart below shows each element that we looked at to determine this ranking, and how that metric compares to the national average. 100 would indicate excellent diversity in each category, and 1 would mean poor diversity.

Overall Diversity at University of California - San Diego

You can learn more about the diversity of the student body at UCSD by looking closer at the ethnic,  genderage, and geographic diversity metrics from the UCSD Diversity Guide.

University of California - San Diego Competes in the NCAA

UCSD has a total of 612 student athletes, 301 men and 311 women who compete in inter-collegiate athletics.

For more information about athletics including per-team sizes, coaching and scholarships check out our Guide to University of California - San Diego Athletics

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