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66% First-Year Transfers 34%
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140 MAJORS in a Wide Array of Fields
Days of Sunshine The Best Weather in the Country
23 NCAA Division I Teams
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Chart Your Own Path
UC San Diegoâ€™s exceptional scholars arenâ€™t afraid to push boundaries and challenge conventional wisdom to make the world better. Here, you will work closely with distinguished faculty, engage in a field you are passionate about and begin shaping the academic journey you have always envisioned.
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UC San Diego has invested significant resources in undergraduate services, such as career and professional development, innovative technological facilities and advanced academic support. In addition, weâ€™re establishing real and virtual next-generation classrooms and laboratories that offer interactive and immersive experiences.
Weâ€™re focused on linking classroom instruction with relevant, real-world experiences, 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.
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140+ MAJORS 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
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)
Earth Sciences Ecology, Behavior and Evolution Environmental Chemistry Environmental Policy
BIOENGINEERING Bioengineering Bioengineering: Bioinformatics Bioengineering: 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
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COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING Computer Engineering Computer Science Computer Science with a specialization in Bioinformatics
ECONOMICS Economics Economics and Mathematics (joint major) Management Science
ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering Electrical Engineering and Society Engineering Physics
ETHNIC STUDIES Ethnic Studies
GLOBAL HEALTH HISTORY History
INTERDISCIPLINARY MAJORS Chinese Studies Classical Studies Critical Gender Studies Data Science German Studies Human Developmental Sciences Specializations available: Equity & Diversity, Healthy Aging Italian Studies Japanese Studies Jewish Studies Latin American Studies Concentrations available: Mexico, Migration and Border Studies
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Real Estate and Development Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies Study of Religion Global South Studies Urban Studies and Planning
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
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
PHYSICS General Physics General Physics /Secondary Education Physics Specializations available: Astrophysics, Biophysics, Computational Physics, Earth Sciences, Materials Physics
Literatures in English Literatures in Spanish Literature/Writing World Literature and Culture
Political Science Specializations available: American Politics, Comparative Politics, Data Analytics, International Affairs, International Relations, Political Theory, Public Law, Public Policy, Race, Ethnicity, and Politics
MATHEMATICS Applied Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics—Applied Science Mathematics—Computer Science Mathematics—Scientific Computation Mathematics—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
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 Earth Sciences 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.
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RENOWNED FACULTY 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.
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.”
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Mario Molina, Ph.D.
Olivia Graeve, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Nobel Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom
Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics, Engineering and Science Mentoring
Science and Technology Presidential Advisor
Carol Padden, Ph.D. Dean of Social Sciences
Professor of Communication MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow Center for Research in Language
Tijuana Walk of Fame inductee
Faculty Honors 17 Nobel Laureates
Fields Medal w Balzan Prize w Pulitzer Prize w Kyoto Prize w MacArthur Foundation Award w National Medal of Science w Academy Award w Tony Award w National Humanities Medal Sun God (1983), Stuart Art Collection
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Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, UC San Diego has maintained a position on the front line of the outbreak. Our top clinical disease specialists continue working closely with our scientists to launch clinical research projects, improve efficiency of the global response and develop new diagnostics, therapies and methodologies to track the virus and its progression. 10 | admissions.ucsd.edu
UC San Diego archaeologist Geoffrey Braswell
Break from the Ordinary As a 1.35 billion-dollar 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. admissions.ucsd.edu | 11
RESOURCES Amazing Access
UC San Diegoâ€™s 1,200-acre campus is home to five graduate and professional schools, hundreds of labs, dozens of sports facilities, arts and entertainment venues and one of the largest collegiate public art collections in the world. Every student also has exclusive access to personalized academic advising and support services through one of our undergraduate colleges.
Bear (2005), Stuart Art Collection
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The College System
One of the most valuable aspects of a UC San Diego education is our unique College System. Instead of 30,800 undergraduates accessing the same academic advising and student support, UC San Diego students are supported by the caring staff and robust resources shared by around 5,000 students in their college. A student’s college is a home community offering the support of a small, liberal arts school, but with access to the dynamic opportunities of a top research institution. Learn more at mycompass.ucsd.edu/public.
Seventh College Est. 2019 Confronting the challenges of a changing planet.
Sixth College Est. 2001 Innovative — Interconnected — Aware.
Roosevelt College Est. 1988 Developing world citizens through scholarship, leadership and service.
Warren College Est. 1974 Toward a life in balance.
Muir College Est. 1967 Celebrating the independent spirit.
Revelle College Est. 1964 Where the sciences, arts and humanities join to educate and inspire multidisciplinary scholars.
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 Structural and Materials Engineering building houses 12 visual arts studios, a gallery, performance space and a stateof-the-art paint booth. Our professional theatre district is home to the Tony Awardwinning La Jolla Playhouse & our nationally-ranked Theatre & Dance departments. The Department of Music offers highly sophisticated concert halls and recording, editing and mastering studios.
Est. 1970 The Student as scholar and citizen.
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STUDENT STORIES Isabella
4th year Oakdale, CA Marine Biology major Navy ROTC Midshipman
What is the best part of being a Triton? I love all the opportunities that we have here at UC San Diego. There are a lot of great resources, clubs and activities that really bring the campus to life and make it special. For me, those things were a big part in helping me adjust to university life and living away from home. Having a sense of belonging and community has been important to me. I spend a lot of time at the Student Veterans Resource Center. I also play club volleyball and volunteer at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, so all of those things have helped in making UC San Diego feel like home for me.
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4th year Los Angeles, CA Environmental Engineering major President, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS)
Why did you want to study engineering at UC San Diego? UC San Diego is a wonderful environment for women in STEM fields and I am able to take advantage of so many wonderful resources on campus. During my first few days, I picked up an internship with a company on campus that builds 3D rocket engines. From there, I was able to find so many other opportunities that fit my interests. One really nice thing about UC San Diego is that organizations on campus are very interdisciplinary, so an engineering major can still get involved with the arts or music clubs. And if there is someone on the humanities side, there is plenty of room for you in STEM, so I think thatâ€™s a nice benefit that is unique to this university.
4th year Johannesburg, South Africa Cognitive Science major Microsoft intern Data Science Students Association
3rd year San Diego, CA Mathematics/Chemistry double major
What has been your most memorable experience as a UC San Diego student? I studied abroad last summer with a Global Seminar in Granada, Spain. I feel like that shaped my whole experience at UC San Diego. I made friends from campus and it was kind of a moment for me to rediscover myself and reinforce my Mexican culture by going to another Hispanic country.
Why did you choose UC San Diego? I chose UC San Diego because of the Cognitive Science department. It is one of the best in the world and really provided the opportunity for me to get hands-on experience and insight from leaders in the industry. We have amazing professors who welcomed me into lab meetings and, as a result, I even got an undergraduate research position in my first year. That experience also helped me get my first internship with Microsoft, so it is really an honor being able to work with the incredible faculty and researchers on campus.
The Study Abroad Office was very supportive during the process of applying for the program. They were great in helping with financial support since they have a financial aid advisor who helps you with scholarships. They helped me draft my essays for scholarships, and I actually received scholarships that paid for half of my program!
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Veterans Day at UC San Diego
UC San Diego offers numerous opportunities and centers to get engaged including: • Campus Community Centers • International Students & Programs Office • Living and Learning Communities • Student Veterans Resource Center • Teaching + Learning Commons • Triton Transfer Hub • Undocumented Student Services Center • And more!
Triton Firsts: UC San Diego’s first-generation community
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UC San Diego’s Teaching + Learning Commons
UC San Diegoâ€™s Annual Powwow
COMMUNITY Thrive at UC San Diego
At UC San Diego, excellence is achieved by intentionally weaving inclusivity 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.
San Diego Pride Parade
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CAMPUS LIFE Living and Learning
Life at UC San Diego is about activating your passions. Students who participate in student organizations, community service and athletics and recreation report a more well-rounded college experience and personal growth. And itâ€™s fun!
Hullabaloo at UC San Diego
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Throughout the academic year, the Triton Community comes together to celebrate and let loose through exciting annual events and fun UC San Diego traditions.
Sun God College Magazineâ€™s Top 10 music festivals. For UC San Diego Students Only.
UnOlympics Traditional Welcome Week competition for all incoming students.
Spirit Night Celebrating Triton athletics with plenty of blue and gold spirit.
Hullabaloo Annual campus festival featuring live music, free food, carnival rides and more.
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TRITONS MOVE UP NCAA Division I
Fall 2020 marked a new era for UC San Diego, as the first full slate of Triton Athletics teams began competing in NCAA Division I. This move into the highest levels of competition in athletics fulfilled the wishes of the student body, and aligned with UC San Diegoâ€™s tradition of academic excellence. This added level of national exposure will continue to enhance our sense of community pride and overall student experience. admissions.ucsd.edu | 21
NBC Universal internship
Destination: UC San Diego
UC San Diegoâ€™s founders had one criterion for our campus: it must be distinctive. The universityâ€™s origins begin at the turn of the 20th century with the creation of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, then in 1960, UC San Diego was officially established. Today, our campus is situated in one of the most vibrant innovation hubs in the nation. We connect students with opportunities to explore careers, engage in the community and enrich their education through experiential learning. Thousands of UC San Diego students intern on campus and for companies and organizations locally, nationally and globally. 22 | admissions.ucsd.edu
Computer Science and Engineering students at UC San Diego
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SUCCESS Powerful Preparation
Every professional path has a unique set of opportunities and requirements for success. At UC San Diego, you’ll learn what you can do today to prepare for a prosperous future. Whether it’s preparation for professional or graduate school or setting off on a meaningful career after graduation, you’ll have access to a vast network of resources to turn your dream into a reality.
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Biochemistry and Cell Biology majors
Anthropology and Sociology majors
Resident, Yale Department of Internal Medicine
Civil rights activist and cofounder of Black Lives Matter
Class of 2012
Class of 2002
Class of 2008
Actress, comedienne, writer and producer. Founder of cantdonothing.org
of UC San Diego Alumni
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