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DIEGO UC SAN MEET

TOP 10 Best Value Public College - Princeton Review, 2023 #3 Public University - Forbes, 2023

41,900 Total Campus Enrollment

33,350 Undergraduate Students $87,000 Average Base Salary of UC San Diego Graduates

$143,500 Average Mid-Career Salary of UC San Diego Graduates

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 public health pandemic and more. To aid their goals, our students enjoy access to state-of-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.

admissions.ucsd.edu 3 CONTENTS 2 Meet UC San Diego 4 Academics 6 Majors 8 Paths to Success 10 College System 12 UC San Diego Faculty 14 Research 16 Location 18 Community 20 Student Life 22 Internships 24 Alumni Success 26 Admissions and Aid 28 Connect with UC San Diego

HANDS-ON

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.

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.

26:1

Student-to-Faculty Ratio

16

Nobel Laureates have taught at UC San Diego

FACULTY AWARDS INCLUDE: Pulitzer Prize, Nobel Prize, Academy Award, Tony Award, Fields Medal

Mary she/her

4th 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.

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HUNDREDS OF MINORS 150+ MAJORS

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.

ARTS AND HUMANITIES

Black Diaspora & African

American Studies

Chinese Studies

Classical Studies

Dance

German Studies

Global South Studies

History

Italian Studies

Japanese Studies

Jewish Studies

Literature/Writing

Literatures in:

• English

• Spanish Music

Music/Humanities

Music - Interdisciplinary Computing & the Arts

Philosophy

Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies

Study of Religion

Theatre

Visual Arts

• Art History/Criticism

• Interdisciplinary Computing & the Arts

• Media

• Speculative Design

• Studio

World Literature & Culture

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Biology with Specialization in Bioinformatics

Ecology, Behavior & Evolution

General Biology

Human Biology

Microbiology

Molecular & Cell Biology

Neurobiology

DATA SCIENCE

Data Science

ENGINEERING

Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace Engineering with a Specialization in:

• Aerothermodynamics

• Astrodynamics & Space Applications

• Flight Dynamics & Controls

Bioengineering

Bioengineering

• Bioinformatics

• BioSystems

• Biotechnology

Chemical Engineering

Computer Science

Computer Science & Engineering

- Computer Engineering

Computer Science with a Specialization in Bioinformatics

Electrical & Computer Engineering

- Computer Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering & Society

Engineering Physics

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering with a Specialization in:

• Controls & Robotics

• Fluid Mechanics & Thermal Systems

• Materials Science & Engineering

• Mechanics of Materials

• Renewable Energy & Environmental Flows

NanoEngineering

Structural Engineering

HEALTH SCIENCES

Public Health

Public Health with Concentrations in:

• Biostatistics

• Climate & Environmental Sciences

• Community Health Sciences

• Epidemiology

• Health Policy & Management Sciences

• Medicine Sciences

PHYSICAL SCIENCES

Applied Mathematics

Astronomy & Astrophysics

Biochemistry

Chemistry

Environmental Chemistry

General Physics

General Physics/Secondary

Education

Mathematical Biology

Mathematics

Mathematics & Economics (Joint Major)

Mathematics

• Applied Science

• Computer Science

• Secondary Education

Molecular Synthesis

Pharmacological Chemistry

Physics

Physics with Specialization in:

• Astrophysics

• Computational Physics

• Earth Sciences

• Materials Physics

Physics - Biophysics

Probability & Statistics

SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY

Environmental Systems

• Earth Sciences

• Ecology, Behavior & Evolution

• Environmental Chemistry

• Environmental Policy

Geosciences

Marine Biology

Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences

SOCIAL SCIENCES

Anthropology with Concentration in:

• Archaeology

• Biological Anthropology

• Climate Change & Human Solutions

• Sociocultural Anthropology

Biological Anthropology

Business Economics

Business Psychology

Cognitive & Behavioral

Neuroscience

Cognitive Science

Cognitive Sciences with a Specialization in:

• Clinical Aspects of Cognition

• Design & Interaction

• Language &Culture

• Machine Learning & Neural Computation

• Neuroscience

Communication

Critical Gender Studies

Economics

Education Sciences

Ethnic Studies

Global Health

Human Developmental Sciences

Human Developmental Sciences with Specialization in:

• Equity and Diversity

• Healthy Aging

International Studies

• Anthropology

• Economics

• History

• International Business

• Linguistics

• Literature

• Philosophy

• Political Science

• Sociology

Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies with a Concentration in:

• Mexico

• Migration & Border Studies

Linguistics

Linguistics - Language Studies

Linguistics with a Specialization in:

• Cognition & Language

• Language & Society

• Speech & Language

Sciences

Mathematics & Economics (Joint Major)

Political Science

Political Science

• American Politics

• Comparative Politics

• Data Analytics

• International Relations

• Political Theory

• Public Law

• Public Policy

• Race, Ethnicity & Politics

Psychology

Psychology with Specialization in:

• Clinical Psychology

• Cognitive Psychology

• Developmental Psychology

• Human Health

• Sensation & Perception

• Social Psychology

Real Estate & Development

Sociology

Sociology

• American Studies

• Culture & Communication

• Economy & Society

• International Studies

• Law & Society

• Science & Medicine

• Social Inequalities

Urban Studies & Planning

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

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

PATHS TO

Luyanda Mdanda he/him

Class of 2020

Major: Cognitive Science

Occupation: Software Engineer, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Specialization 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.

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. View the First-Year and Transfer General Education Requirements PDFs on the Admissions site at admissions.ucsd.edu/colleges.

Class of 2023

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!).

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EIGHT COLLEGES ONE UNIVERSITY

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–firstyear 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.

THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE | EST. 1970 marshall.ucsd.edu

Shaping us as scholars and citizens.

EARL WARREN COLLEGE | EST. 1974 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

Innovative - Interconnected - Aware: Cultivating curious minds to tackle the complex challenges of our time.

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

Committed to engagement and community in an effort to tackle worldwide challenges. Transfers can rank beginning in Fall 2025.

FACULTY RENOWNED

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.

Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics, Engineering and Science Mentoring

Associate Professor of History

Inaugural director, Institute of Arts and Humanities and Chicanx/ Latinx Arts and Humanities program

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award

Olivia Graeve, Ph.D. Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Director, Graduate Program in Material Science and Engineering Luis Alvarez

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.”

Jesús

4th Year

he/him

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Major: Music

WHY

DID YOU CHOOSE UC SAN DIEGO?

Being a music major, the department really emphasizes a lot of experimental and avant garde techniques to music making, which is different to most schools for music which are very conservatory and focus on classical. We still have that here, but we also focus on jazz and more atonal, broader aspects of music. So, that's one of the biggest things I wanted out of my music career.

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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.

UNKNOWN UNCOVER THE

As a $1.64 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.

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. And big name performers provide exciting live entertainment on stage at the Epstein Family Amphitheater.

• Art is all around us at UC San Diego, thanks to the Stuart 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, a small cottage which sits atop the edge of Jacobs Hall.

• Our Structural and Materials Engineering building houses 12 visual arts studios, a gallery, performance space and a state-ofthe-art paint booth.

SOUTHERN LIVING IN CALIFORNIA

UC San Diego's location 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.

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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), San Diego Gulls (ice hockey) and San Diego Wave (soccer). 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 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.

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

CROSS CULTURAL CENTER

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

INTERTRIBAL RESOURCE CENTER

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

TRITON TRANSFER HUB

Supporting the success of the diverse transfer population in order to ensure their pathways to graduation and beyond. transferstudents.ucsd.edu

WOMEN’S CENTER

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

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TRITON LIFE THE THRILL OF

REAL WORLD

FUTURE

FUTURE

Our community of Triton alumni is 234,000+ 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.

TOP EMPLOYERS:

760+ Start-Ups Created by UC San Diego Graduates

$691,000

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

$32.4 billion in annual sales by alumni start-up companies

56% of UC San Diego graduates report working in an industry that makes the world a better place - Payscale.com

UC

Deniz Burnham

Class of 2007

Major: Chemical Engineering

HONORS INCLUDE: Nobel Prize Emmy Award Tony Award Nebula Award

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.

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SAN DIEGO ALUMNI

ADMISSIONS

AND

When To Apply

The UC Application is open for submission October 1-November 30. apply.universityofcalifornia.edu

Fall 2023 Admitted Student Overview

FIRST-YEAR

• Applications: 130,800

• Admits: 32,300

• Admit rate: 25%

• Middle 50% GPA: 4.11 - 4.29

Minimum Requirements

FIRST-YEAR APPLICANTS

• Complete UC A-G college preparatory subjects

• Earn a minimum GPA: 3.0 (CA residents) and 3.4 (non-residents)

• UC San Diego does not consider SAT or ACT test scores as a factor in admissions decisions

TRANSFER

• Applications: 19,900

• Admits: 12,400

• Admit rate: 62%

• Middle 50% GPA: 3.44-3.91

TRANSFER APPLICANTS

• Complete the UC 7-course pattern and major preparation, if applicable

• Earn a competitive GPA in UC-transferable courses

• Complete a minimum of 60 UC-transferable semester (90 quarter) units

Competitive applicants to UC San Diego present an academic profile stronger than the minimum requirements. International Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency.

Tuition Stability Plan

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.

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.

AND AID

Financing Your Education

You can apply for aid via the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application starting in December 2023. Submit the application that is right for you before March 2 priority deadline to receive the best possible funding.

Estimated Cost of Attendance for the 2023-2024 Academic Year

*Students from outside of California, add $32,574 to the total above for supplemental out-of-state tuition.

Cost of attendance
On Campus Off Campus Components of CA Resident Tuition and Fees UC Systemwide Tuition and Fees: $13,752 UC San Diego Campus Fees: $2,304 UC San Diego Health Fee: $2,259 UC San Diego One-time Document Fee: $165 $18,480 $18,480 $18,480 Food & Housing $7,716 $17,325 $15,567 Books, course materials, supplies, and equipment $1,308 $1,308 $1,308 Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $2,049 $1,620 $1,791 Transportation Expenses $2,277 $858 $1,500 Estimated CA Resident Cost Totals $31,830 $39,591 $39,591
Living with Parents

9500 Gilman Dr., MC 0021

La Jolla, CA 92093-0021

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IMPORTANT DATES

APPLY OCTOBER 1 - NOVEMBER 30 apply.universityofcalifornia.edu

AUG. 1 | UC application opens OCT. 1-NOV. 30 | UC application submission period

DEC. 2023-MAR. 2, 2024 | FAFSA or California Dream Act Application priority submission period BY MAR. 31 | First-year application decisions released BY APR. 30 | Transfer application decisions released MAY 1 | First-year deadline to accept offer of admission

JUNE 1 | Transfer deadline to accept offer of admission

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