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Best Value Public College

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- Princeton Review, 2022

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As one of the world’s leading public universities, UC San Diego has a reputation for making waves with our cutting-edge innovation, top notch academics, vibrant student life, location and expressive arts scene. Proud Tritons spend their days pushing boundaries to uncover solutions to today’s most pressing world issues, including climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and more. To aid their goals, our students enjoy access to stateof-the-art facilities and resources in both the sciences and arts, and are able to connect with research and internship opportunities as early as their first year on campus. Curious? We invite you to dive into our campus and discover all the outstanding opportunities open to UC San Diego students.


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HANDS-ON ACADEMICS Student Experience UC San Diego invests significant resources in undergraduate services, including career and professional development, innovative technological facilities and advanced academic support. In addition, we’re establishing real and virtual nextgeneration classrooms and laboratories that offer interactive and immersive experiences.

Experiential Learning We’re focused on linking classroom instruction with relevant, real-world experiences by placing students in cutting-edge laboratories, research facilities and public service programs at home and abroad. Undergraduates who practice in the field what they learn in the classroom have higher retention, faster graduation rates and better job prospects. 4



UC San Diego’s exceptional scholars aren’t afraid to push boundaries and challenge conventional wisdom to make the world a better place. Here, you will work closely with distinguished faculty, engage in a field that meets your life’s passions and begin living the academic journey you have always envisioned.


Student-to-Faculty Ratio


Nobel Laureates have taught at UC San Diego


Pulitzer Prize, Nobel Prize, Academy Award, Tony Award, Fields Medal

Mary she/her 3rd year Hometown: Shanghai, China Major: Theatre Activities: First-generation student, Chinese Students and Scholars Association WHY DID YOU CHOOSE UC SAN DIEGO?

A big reason I decided on UC San Diego was because of the quality of the Theatre program. UC San Diego is famous for STEM and Cognitive Science programs, but the Theatre program at UC San Diego is also top notch. With the La Jolla Playhouse right here on campus, the UC San Diego drama community is able to be involved with many wellknown scholars and artists. The undergraduate Theatre program is designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of all aspects involved in Theatre production, which has helped me explore my options for the future. admissions.ucsd.edu



HUNDREDS OF MINORS At UC San Diego, we take a distinctive and experimental approach to our programs of study. Our academic programs, taught by leading experts, prepare students to stand out and lead change. Forge your unique learning pathway today. Anthropology

Cognitive Science

Environmental Systems

Anthropology Specializations available: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Climate Change and Human Solutions, Sociocultural Anthropology Biological Anthropology

Cognitive Science Specializations available: Clinical Aspects of Cognition, Design and Interaction, Language and Culture, Machine Learning and Neural Computation, Neuroscience Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience (joint major)

Ecology, Behavior and Evolution Environmental Chemistry Environmental Policy

Bioengineering Bioengineering Specializations available: Bioinformatics, BioSystems, Bioengineering: Biotechnology

Biological Sciences Biology with a Specialization in Bioinformatics Ecology, Behavior and Evolution General Biology Human Biology Microbiology Molecular and Cell Biology Neurobiology

Chemistry and Biochemistry Biochemistry Chemistry Environmental Chemistry Molecular Synthesis Pharmacological Chemistry 6


Communication Communication

Computer Science and Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Science Computer Science with a specialization in Bioinformatics

Economics Business Economics Economics Economics and Mathematics (joint major)

Electrical and Computer Engineering Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering Electrical Engineering and Society Engineering Physics

Ethnic Studies Ethnic Studies

Global Health Global Health

History History

Interdisciplinary Majors Black Diaspora and African American Studies Chinese Studies Classical Studies Critical Gender Studies Data Science German Studies Human Developmental Sciences Specializations available: Equity and Diversity, Healthy Aging Italian Studies Japanese Studies Jewish Studies

Visit ucsd.edu/catalog for the most complete information on all of UC San Diego’s undergraduate programs.

Latin American Studies Concentrations available: Mexico, Migration and Border Studies Real Estate and Development Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Study of Religion Global South Studies Urban Studies and Planning

International Studies International Studies Specializations available: Anthropology, Economics, History, International Business, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology

Linguistics Cognition and Language Language and Society Language Studies Linguistics Speech and Language Sciences

Literature Literatures in English Literatures in Spanish Literature/Writing World Literature and Culture

Mathematics Applied Mathematics Mathematics Specializations available: Applied Science, Computer Science, Secondary Education Probability and Statistics

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Aerospace Engineering Mechanical Engineering Specializations available: Controls and Robotics, Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Systems, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanics of Materials, Renewable Energy and Environmental Flows


Public Health

Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts Music Music/Humanities

Public Health Specializations available: Biostatistics, Climate and Environmental Sciences, Community Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management Sciences, Medicine Sciences

Nanoengineering Chemical Engineering NanoEngineering

Philosophy Philosophy

Physics General Physics General Physics/Secondary Education Physics Specializations available: Astrophysics, Biophysics, Computational Physics, Earth Sciences, Materials Physics

Political Science Political Science Specializations available: American Politics; Comparative Politics; Data Analytics; International Relations; Political Theory; Public Law; Public Policy; Race, Ethnicity, and Politics

Psychology Business Psychology Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience (joint major) Psychology Specializations available: Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Human Health, Sensation and Perception, Social Psychology

Scripps Institution of Oceanography Geosciences Marine Biology Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences

Sociology Sociology Specializations available: American Studies, Culture and Communication, Economy and Society, International Studies, Law and Society, Science and Medicine, Social Inequality

Structural Engineering Structural Engineering

Theatre Dance Theatre

Visual Arts Art History/Criticism Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts Media Speculative Design Studio

Interested in a Law, Medical or Business career? UC San Diego offers many academic and pre-professional programs, mentorships, resources and support to ensure your success in graduate school and beyond! career.ucsd.edu/undergrads







Everyone’s journey to success is unique. Whether you already have your heart set on a certain career or are still exploring your options, there are many different ways to help you achieve your goals. UC San Diego will be by your side to make sure you’re on the right track. Looking for a career in: BUSINESS?

Consider a major in Economics, Political Science, Communications, Psychology


Consider a major in Cognitive Science, Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts, Speculative Design


Explore majors in Structural and NanoEngineering, Math/Physics, Economics


Consider a major in Political Science, Economics, Biological Sciences, Sociology


Consider a major in Humanities, Communications, Visual Arts, Political Science


Consider a major in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Engineering

Luyanda Mdanda he/him Class of 2020 Major: Cognitive Science Occupation: Machine Learning Engineer, Office of the Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft During his time studying cognitive science at UC San Diego, Luyanda made connections with faculty in the School of Social Sciences and took advantage of oncampus research opportunities, including working as an undergraduate in professor Brad Voytek’s Cognitive and Neural Dynamics Lab. As an undergrad, Luyanda also landed internships with companies like Microsoft and Tesla. After graduating in 2020, he returned to Microsoft full time as a Machine Learning Engineer. admissions.ucsd.edu


Our unique college system is one of many things that makes UC San Diego such a special place. UC San Diego is a large campus with an international reputation, but the college system allows our undergraduates to experience more personalized advising, student support and leadership opportunities within their smaller college community. Each college has their own general education requirements and college assignment is not based on major. Students may study any major regardless of college affiliation. Get to know our colleges before ranking them on your UC application. Compare general education requirements at compare.ucsd.edu.

Robbie he/him 4th Year Hometown: Buffalo, NY Major: Aerospace Engineering major, Mathematics minor HOW HAS THE COLLEGE SYSTEM BENEFITED YOUR TIME AT UC SAN DIEGO?

So much of my experience here at UC San Diego has revolved around my college (Sixth). The college system has created such an incredible community within UC San Diego and allowed me to form connections with staff and students that would otherwise not have been possible at such a large institution. I have been heavily involved with Sixth College through Sixth College Orientation, Sixth College Student Council and the Sixth College Technology Committee. All of these positions are where I have met some of my closest friends here at UC San Diego and developed my leadership and communication skills (as well as my Sixth Spirit!).



ONE UNIVERSITY EIGHT COLLEGES A Community of Neighborhoods Think of UC San Diego as a living and learning community made up of different neighborhoods. Each undergraduate college is a neighborhood. They each have their own philosophy and general education requirements. Additionally, each undergraduate college has its own staff, traditions, and residence facilities–first-year students typically live at their college, while new transfers have the option to live on campus in a transfer-centered living learning community. Every college provides access to personalized academic advising, support services, and opportunities to get involved.

Meet the Colleges REVELLE COLLEGE | EST. 1964

revelle.ucsd.edu Where the sciences, arts, and humanities join to educate and inspire multidisciplinary scholars. JOHN MUIR COLLEGE | EST. 1967

muir.ucsd.edu Recognized for individuality and independent spirit.


warren.ucsd.edu Fostering responsible citizenship in a global society. ELEANOR ROOSEVELT COLLEGE | EST. 1988

roosevelt.ucsd.edu Developing world citizens through scholarship, leadership, and service. SIXTH COLLEGE | EST. 2001

sixth.ucsd.edu An experience that is innovative, interconnected, and aware. SEVENTH COLLEGE | EST. 2019

seventh.ucsd.edu Equipping the next generation of scholars, leaders, and innovators with the tools to confront our changing planet. EIGHTH COLLEGE | EST. 2022

eighth.ucsd.edu Engagement and community. First-year applicants can begin ranking Eighth on their UC application beginning Fall 2023. Transfers can rank beginning in Fall 2025.


marshall.ucsd.edu Shaping us as scholars and citizens.



RENOWNED FACULTY Connect Outside the Classroom • The Dine/Coffee with a Prof programs allow students to meet up with their professors, share a meal or cup of coffee, and learn more about their course or area of study. • Campus resources like the Academic Internship Program (AIP) connect students with internship opportunities and faculty advisors who can assist with research papers or projects relevant to the student’s internship. 12


Olivia Graeve, Ph.D.

Luis Alvarez

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Associate Professor of History

Director, Graduate Program in Material Science and Engineering Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics, Engineering and Science Mentoring

Inaugural director, Institute of Arts and Humanities and Chicanx/ Latinx Arts and Humanities program Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award


UC San Diego has earned a world-class reputation for having faculty of the highest caliber. They guide students along educational and career pathways; they reshape our concepts of the world around us; and they advance creative solutions to address social disparity. Gentry Patrick Professor of Neurobiology Director of Mentorship and Diversity Division of Biological Sciences Gentry Patrick grew up in South Central Los Angeles. MY INSPIRATION

“For me, growing up in that neighborhood was not only interesting and special, but posed a lot of different challenges. One of those challenges was access to a quality education and what inspired me to be a scientist were mentors that I had along the way.” MY ADVICE TO UNDERGRADUATES

“Don’t be afraid to seek out mentorship. You should have a faculty mentor and perhaps a graduate student or upperclassman mentor. A great mentor can be the difference between a mediocre undergraduate experience and a great one that sets you on a path for success at all stages of your career.”

Rodrigo he/him 4th year Hometown: Ontario, CA Major: Urban Studies and Planning, Political Science: Data Analytics double major Activities: Urban Changemakers, Alpha Alpha Alpha fraternity, Raza Living and Learning Community WHAT IS THE BEST PART ABOUT BEING A TRITON?

The best part about being a Triton is the amazing education you receive while getting to live so close to the beach and in such a beautiful city like San Diego. The excellent professors and the amazing Urban Studies and Planning department have all made my experience at UC San Diego that much better.



UNCOVER THE UNKNOWN As a $1.54 billion research enterprise, the university provides undergraduates with valuable hands-on experience and training, no matter what your field of study or major. UC San Diego is a unique place where fresh ideas are translated into solutions to benefit society. Our research themes include: • Understanding and protecting the planet. • Enriching human life and society. • Exploring the basis of human knowledge, learning and creativity. • Understanding cultures and addressing disparities in society. 14


Labs and Libraries Next-generation chemistry, biological sciences, communications and engineering labs fill our campus, as well as 18 research institutes. UC San Diego’s Geisel Library provides access to more than 7 million items. It was the first academic library in Southern California to partner with Google in building a global digital library.

Arts and Expression • Our professional theatre district is home to the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse and our nationally-ranked Theatre and Dance departments. The Department of Music offers highly sophisticated concert halls and recording, editing and mastering studios. • Art is all around us at UC San Diego, thanks to the Stuart Art Collection, which features more than 20 art pieces throughout our 1,200-acre campus. Some of the most famous pieces in the collection include the Sun God statue and Fallen Star. • Our Structural and Materials Engineering building houses 12 visual arts studios, a gallery, performance space and a state-of-the-art paint booth.



LIVING IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA UC San Diego’s location in the coastal community of La Jolla, just north of downtown San Diego, means our students can enjoy the outdoors almost every day of the year, connect with industry leaders for jobs and internships, experience the unique cultures and cuisines of Southern California and nearby Mexico, and make unforgettable memories in one of the most beautiful cities in the country.



Discover San Diego CULTURAL HUB

San Diego’s world-famous Balboa Park is a hot spot for museums, live music, theater performances, unique crafts and other must-sees like the San Diego Zoo. SPICE UP YOUR LIFE

From award-winning restaurants to casual dining eateries, irresistible flavors can be found around every corner in San Diego. Being in close proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border means it’s also easy to find some of the best Mexican cuisine in the nation. THE WORLD’S A STAGE

Live theater and music are at the heart of San Diego’s entertainment. With Broadway San Diego at the downtown Civic Theater, the La Jolla Playhouse on campus, and the San Diego Symphony playing up classic compositions, there is something for all interests. ROOT FOR THE HOME TEAM

San Diego is home to millions of sports fans who root on our home teams, including the San Diego Padres (baseball) and San Diego Gulls (ice hockey). The Padres play at the downtown Petco Park stadium, providing the perfect outing for some fun with friends. EASY ACCESS

Transportation in San Diego is easy and affordable. The new Blue Line Trolley connects UC San Diego’s campus to iconic neighborhoods, downtown activities, entertainment, and internship opportunities. The trolley also allows easy access to the San Diego International Airport, while the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner provides access to nearby areas including Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.




Developed and hosted by Marshall College, all current UC San Diego undergraduate students can participate in exchanges with three Historically Black Colleges–Morehouse College and Spelman College in Georgia and Xavier University of Louisiana. CULTURAL STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

• Academic: Black Pre-Med Society, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanola de Aztlan (MEChA), National Society of Black Engineers, Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance (NAISA), Society for Latinos in Physical Sciences • Greek Life: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., National Pan-Hellenic Council, Multicultural Greek Council • Transfers: Umoja Club LIVING LEARNING COMMUNITIES

• African Black Diaspora Living Learning Community • LGBTQIA+ Living Learning Community • Multi-Cultural Living Learning Community • Raza Living Learning Community



O At UC San Diego, excellence is achieved by intentionally weaving inclusivity and support into the fabric of your academic, social and professional experience. We encourage you to bring your whole self into all spaces, and we provide equitable opportunities to fulfill your aspirations in order to ensure success at UC San Diego and beyond. Campus Community Centers ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER MIDDLE EASTERN DESI AMERICAN PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

APIMEDA helps students—especially from the Asian American, Pacific Islander and Southwest Asian North African American populations—find community at UC San Diego. apimeda.ucsd.edu BLACK RESOURCE CENTER

The BRC serves the entire population of UC San Diego while emphasizing the Black experience. brc.ucsd.edu


The ITRC is dedicated to creating a welcoming space on campus and a supportive community for Native American students, faculty and staff by offering academic support, cultural awareness programs and social activities. itrc.ucsd.edu LESBIAN GAY BISEXUAL TRANSGENDER RESOURCE CENTER

The LGBT Resource Center is a diverse and inclusive public space for all members of the campus community to explore issues relating to sexual and gender identities, practices and politics. lgbt.ucsd.edu RAZA RESOURCE CENTRO

A space for all to converse and connect around intersectional Chicanx Latinx identities, Latinidad and cultura. raza.ucsd.edu WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER

The WRC serves as a resource for the entire campus community while focusing on the experiences of diverse women. women.ucsd.edu


The CCC provides a place of belonging and validation for underrepresented and underserved students, staff, and faculty. ccc.ucsd.edu admissions.ucsd.edu







Life at UC San Diego is about activating your passions. Students who participate in student organizations, community service, athletics and recreation report a more well-rounded college experience and personal growth. And it’s fun! GET ACTIVE!

Triton athletics is comprised of 23 Division I teams, including basketball, baseball, soccer, softball, swimming and more. UC San Diego Recreation also offers sports clubs and intramural teams for all students to enjoy some friendly competition and meet new friends. FOCUS ON WELLNESS

UC San Diego Recreation offers a variety of resources for students to take care of their physical and mental health, including nutrition and health coaching, classes on meditation, yoga and pilates, and even tools that focus on financial wellness. A LIFE OF ADVENTURE

Being outdoors is a huge part of San Diego life, and UC San Diego’s Adventure Trips allow students to take advantage of all the city and surrounding areas have to offer, including backpacking, hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, horseback riding and more. JOIN AN ORG

With 500+ student organizations available at UC San Diego, there is something for every interest! You’ll find orgs focused on academics, community service, arts and music, Greek Life and more.

Abi she/her 4th Year transfer Hometown: San Bernardino, CA Major: Psychology Activities: Umoja Club, Young Invincibles WHAT ORGANIZATIONS ARE YOU INVOLVED IN ON CAMPUS?

I am involved with our campus's Umoja club, which promotes unity among a community of transfer students. I also became involved with a virtual internship known as Young Invincibles, which gave me the opportunity to develop my advocacy and leadership skills. In this cohort of students, we worked on promoting COVID-19 safety and led workshops providing tips on how to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and how to access the appropriate resources to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe throughout the pandemic. admissions.ucsd.edu admissions.ucsd.edu 2121




E Thousands of UC San Diego students intern on campus and for companies and organizations locally, nationally and globally. Internships are paid, unpaid or for academic credit, and typically last anywhere from four to 12 weeks. Internships ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Students choose from hundreds of internships across the Arts & Humanities, Engineering, Sciences and Social Sciences. All AIP students are paired with a faculty advisor for a well-rounded experience. UCDC AT UC SAN DIEGO

Open to all majors, students live and take classes at the UC Washington Center near Dupont Circle. Internship opportunities include working for congress people, house caucuses, federal departments, the NAACP, the National Immigration Forum and many more. UC San Diego also offers the summer Science Policy Internship Program in D.C. UC CENTER SACRAMENTO

Students interested in state-level policymaking or journalism can participate in this year-round program open to all majors. Take classes and intern at UC’s teaching, research and public service site, located one block from the State Capitol Building.

Global Perspectives Through the Study Abroad Office, UC San Diego students study and work in 70+ countries. Programs like Global Seminars, Alternative Breaks, and Mexican Migration Field Research Training allow hands-on experience for students traveling abroad with the university. admissions.ucsd.edu




Nick Woodman

Alicia Garza

Milana Vayntrub

Class of 1997 Visual Arts major Founder, GoPro

Class of 2002 Anthropology and Sociology majors Civil rights activist and co-founder of Black Lives Matter

Class of 2008 Communications Actress, comedian, writer and producer. Founder of cantdonothing.org



Our community of Triton alumni is 226,000+ strong and growing! Worldwide, UC San Diego graduates are working in the most sought-after industries, finding success as innovators and entrepreneurs, making a splash in the arts, and changing the world.

$32.4 billion


in annual sales by alumni start-up companies


of UC San Diego graduates report working in an industry that makes the world a better place


- Payscale.com

Start-Ups Created by UC San Diego Graduates


UC San Diego Graduates Average 20-Year Net ROI - Payscale.com


Nobel Prize Emmy Award Tony Award Nebula Award

Deniz Burnham Class of 2007 Major: Chemical Engineering Occupation: Selected by NASA to join the 2021 Astronaut Candidate Class PATH TO SUCCESS

After graduating from UC San Diego with a bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering, Deniz worked in the energy industry, managing drilling optimization projects and emission reduction strategies for drilling rigs. She was raised in a military family and is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. She serves in the Navy Reserve as the executive officer of SurgeMain Alameda. She was selected by NASA to join the 2021 Astronaut Candidate Class and began reporting for duty in January 2022. admissions.ucsd.edu


ADMISSION Every qualified student, regardless of income, should be able to enroll, thrive and graduate from UC San Diego. The UC system has one of the most generous and progressive financial aid programs in the nation. A UC San Diego education is within reach. When To Apply • The UC Application is open for submission October 1-November 30. • apply.universityofcalifornia.edu

Fall 2022 Admitted Student Overview • Applications: 131,200 (first-year), 19,700 (transfer) • Admits: 31,200 (first-year), 11,600 (transfer) • Admit rate: 24% (first-year) 59% (transfer) • Middle 50% GPA: 4.12 - 4.30 (first-year), 3.48-3.91 (transfer)

Minimum Requirements • Minimum GPA: 3.0 (CA residents) and 3.4 (non-residents) • Average middle 50% GPA of 2022 admitted students is 4.12 - 4.30 (side by side) • Competition for admission to UC San Diego is high, so meeting these requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Students admitted to UC San Diego exceed minimum UC admission requirements. • UC San Diego does not consider SAT or ACT test scores as a factor in admissions decisions.

Tuition Stability Plan • The UC Tuition Stability Plan means your systemwide tuition rate will stay the same for up to six years (not including campus fees), allowing you to plan financially without any surprises along the way. 26


NS AND AID Financing Your Education You can apply for aid via the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application starting October 1. Submit the application that is right for you before March 2 to receive the best possible funding. Estimated Cost of Attendance for the 2022-2023 Academic Year COST OF ATTENDANCE




























*Students from outside of California, add $31,026 to the total above for supplemental out-of-state tuition.



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