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38,000 enrollment

30,600 undergraduate students graduate and professional students

Students come from

68% freshmen transfers 32%

45 U.S. states and more than

100 countries


more than

undergraduate majors in a wide array of fields



student-to-faculty ratio

$58,893 $120,000 avg starting salary 2017 UC San Diego graduates

the best sungod music festival weather in the country of 300+ days sunshine

past performers include: Khalid, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and JhenĂŠ Aiko to name a few.

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national, regional and conference championships

top employers of UC San Diego graduates


ACADEMICS GENTRY PATRICK Professor of Neurobiology Director of Mentorship and Diversity Division of Biological Sciences B.S., UC Berkeley Ph.D., Harvard University Gentry Patrick grew up in South Central Los Angeles. “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."


17 NOBEL LAUREATES Fields Medal ▪ Balzan Prize ▪ Pulitzer Prize Kyoto Prize ▪ MacArthur Foundation Award National Medal of Science ▪ Academy Award Tony Award ▪ National Humanities Medal

CHALLENGE TRADITION UC San Diego’s exceptional scholars aren’t afraid to push boundaries and challenge conventional wisdom to make the world better. UC San Diego • Develops students who solve problems, lead and innovate • Cultivates an inclusive community that encourages respectful, open dialogue • Nurtures and supports collaborative and interdisciplinary research • Promotes just and sustainable economic development, locally and globally Student Experience UC San Diego has invested $3 million in undergraduate resources and services, such as tutoring, advising and teaching assistants. In addition, we’re establishing real and virtual next-generation classrooms and laboratories that offer interactive and immersive experiences. Experiential Learning We’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.

MARIO MOLINA, PH.D. Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Nobel Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom Science and Technology Presidential Advisor

OLIVIA GRAEVE, PH.D. Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Internationally renowned for nanomaterials research Tijuana Walk of Fame inductee

CAROL PADDEN, PH.D. Dean of Social Sciences Professor of Communication MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow Center for Research in Language4


BIRTHPLACE OF CALIFORNIA Historically, San Diego was home to the Kumeyaay Native American people. Today, San Diego County is home to 3.3 million people, making it the second-largest city in California and the eighth-largest city in the U.S. It's also one of the most economically and culturally diverse cities in Southern California. Endless Summer San Diego is widely recognized as having the best weather in the U.S. thanks to abundant sunshine and moderate temperatures. More than Beaches San Diego boasts the arts and culture of other major metropolitan cities with dozens of museums and performing arts venues, but with a laid back SoCal approach. Students can enjoy an abundant nightlife in places like the Gaslamp District, Pacific Beach and beautiful Balboa Park, home to the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Safe Surroundings San Diego is a very safe city. Based on rates across six crime categories, San Diego is the 4th safest city in the U.S. with a population of over 500,000. Biotechnology Hub The Torrey Pines Mesa, upon which UC San Diego sits, is one of the top 3 biotechnology hubs in the country. Within a two-mile radius of our campus, 24,000 scientists and researchers work on the world’s most vexing problems.





Welcome Week Beach Party

Favorite weekend student spot

Home to the famous San Diego Zoo

6 beach 70 miles communities with

of pristine coastline

OUTBACK ADVENTURES backpacking ▪ caving ▪ hiking ▪ yoga snow sports ▪ rock climbing ▪ surfing ▪ sea kayaking ▪ horseback riding ▪ snorkeling

average summer temp

77 62 o


average winter temp

LOCATION LUYANDA 3rd year Johannesburg, South Africa Cognitive Science Microsoft intern, Data Science Students Association Why did you choose UC San Diego? "San Diego is a beautiful place and there is so much to do here. My favorite thing has to be the weather. There are no bad days here. Even when it rains, it's still great! I'm able to spend time outside every day, going to the beach, learning to surf or scuba dive, and having bonfires and barbecues with my friends. I'm from South Africa, and it's been great diving into the culture here in San Diego. The people here are so friendly and welcoming. I feel like this is home."



BREAK FROM THE ORDINARY UC San Diego faculty and students drive innovation far beyond our campus. UC San Diego research themes: • 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 Academic Enrichment Programs (AEP) AEP initiatives are designed to encourage undergraduates in any academic major to pursue post-baccalaureate Ph.D.s, MDs and other degrees. AEP conducts research under the guidance of UC San Diego faculty mentors and presenting research findings at undergraduate research conferences in the company of peers and established scientists. BIOLOGY/LOWER DIVISION 4 BILD 4 is a required course for all biological sciences majors. More than just a class, BILD 4 introduces students to biological research through an ongoing research project on soil microbiomes at the Scripps Coastal Reserve. Every student who takes the course collects and contributes original data to the project, which has no fixed outcomes. Few universities in the world provide access to such an exciting, largescale research project as BILD 4.

SHANE 3rd year Molecular and Cell Biology/Real Estate and Development double major, Business minor What research experiences have you enjoyed at UC San Diego?


"As a freshman, I worked in an antibiotics lab, where we were researching new ways to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria. So much of education is learning things people already know and reading things in a text book, but when you're in the lab, you get to learn things that are brand new and no one has seen before. I have friends who were even developing their own projects during their first year, because they were curious about things that even Google doesn't have the answers to, since no one has researched it before. So, they talked to their professors about setting up new projects later down the road. It's great to have the opportunity and support to do those things."

$1.16 billion 2017 research funding UC San Diego is in the Top 5 most-funded U.S. universities

3,000+ inventions 2nd in the UC system




Sensory motor intelligence research

Early childhood cognition research

Marine biodiversity and conservation research


GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES In addition to the programs abroad office most universities have, UC San Diego academic departments develop global concentrations in undergraduate majors that foster cross-cultural competencies. These experiences help students grow personally and professionally, making them more attractive to graduate schools and employers. UC San Diego Global Seminars Five-week summer experiences with class sizes between 15–28 students. Excellent opportunities for one-on-one interaction with some of the best faculty at UC San Diego. Current course offerings in: Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Korea, Scotland, Spain and Tokyo. UC San Diego Alternative Breaks National and international service and learning trips over spring and summer breaks. UC San Diego Extension Language Programs Take courses from two days to five weeks in Mexico; and from two to 12 weeks in Spain. Host family options are available. UC San Diego PRIME Overseas Research Program Research and intern in Australia, China, Japan, Taiwan and Thailand. Mexican Migration Field Research Training Program Collect field data using standardized questionnaires (survey research), as well as unstructured interviews and participant observation. Perform in-depth reading and write papers on the region and the communities.



KAMEE 4th year Biochemistry/Cell Biology Study Abroad: China Air Force ROTC Program, Newman Center How was studying abroad beneficial to you? "One of the things I always wanted to do as part of my college experience was study abroad, but I didn't know if I would be able to afford it and I worried about graduating on time. The Study Abroad Office helped me find different scholarships to meet my needs. I'm so thankful that I got to study abroad in China with their help. Last summer, I studied Chinese for two months in Shanghai. We went on different excursions to Beijing and Zhujiajiao. It was so much fun and I highly recommend studying abroad, because it's amazing to be fully immersed in another country. I learned a year's worth of Chinese in only two months and was conversational within about six weeks. I couldn't believe it and the whole experience was so rewarding!"


scholarship money UC San Diego students received for study abroad during 20172018

AUSTRALIA UC Education Abroad Program


of UC San Diego undergrads study, research & volunteer in 56 countries

JORDAN Global Health major field work

ITALY Global Seminars Revelle in Rome





SUMMER THEATRE PROGRAM British Academy of the Dramatic Arts, London, England


of UC San Diego undergrads pursue advanced degrees directly after graduation


Student Exchange Programs open to UC San Diego undergrads Spelman and Morehouse in Atlanta, GA Xavier in New Orleans, LA


REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE 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. Academic Internship Program Students choose from more than 500 internships across the Arts & Humanities, Engineering, Sciences and Social Sciences minors and majors. 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 DC. Students experience the critical role scientists and engineers play in national policymaking. UC Center Sacramento Students interested in state-level policymaking or journalism 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. The Basement The Basement offers 3,000 square-feet of creative space for all students interested in creating new inventions, products, services or solving societal challenges. Student offerings include mentorships, open access programs including workshops, co-work space and incubation programs. To date, Basement students have raised $2.3+ million in capital, formed 20 companies and created 143 jobs and internships.


4th year Palm Springs, CA Communication Internship: Social Media Brand Ambassador for Shelf Cosmetics How beneficial was the Career Center in assisting you in finding an internship? "There are so many internship opportunities to get connected with at UC San Diego. As a Communication major, I knew that I wanted to go into social media work, so I used our Career Services online database, Handshake. I just entered what I was interested in and it f iltered the results. It connects you to jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities. I’m doing a remote internship with Shelf Cosmetics, a start-up company in San Francisco. From campus, I help with all of their social media."


AMAZING ACCESS UC San Diego’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. Graduate schools with undergraduate programs • Rady School of Management offers accounting, business, and entrepreneurship & innovation minors. • School of Global Policy and Strategy offers a BA/Masters program in International Studies. • School of Medicine offers a Public Health major. • Scripps Institution of Oceanography offers, Earth Sciences, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences and Marine Biology majors. Labs and Libraries Next gen chemistry, biological sciences, communications and engineering labs fill our campus, as well as 18 research institutes. The UC San Diego Library, voted one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, provides access to more than 7 million items. It was the first academic library in Southern California to partner with Google to build a global digital library. Arts and Expression Our Structural and Materials Engineering building houses 12 visual arts studios, a gallery and performance space, 11 visual arts research initiatives, and a state-of-the-art paint booth. The Hollywood Reporter named the Theatre program at UC San Diego among the top five in the nation. Our professional theatre district is home to the Tony award-winning La Jolla Playhouse & our nationally ranked Theatre & Dance departments. The Department of Music offers highly sophisticated concert halls and recording, editing and mastering studios.


Stuart Collection public art pieces on campus 13


THE hub of student activity

10 restaurants, Sunshine Market, bookstore, Amazon@UC San Diego, game room, study lounges, computer labs, theater, performing arts spaces, beauty salon, bank, postal center.

Photo: Bear (2005), Stuart Art Collection

CYDNEE 4th year San Diego, CA Ethnic Studies major What are your favorite campus resources at UC San Diego? "The three campus resources I rely on most are the Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services (OASIS), the Black Resource Center and the Women's Center. OASIS provides me with the tutoring services that I need, while the Black Resource Center and Women's Center are both places where I'm very comfortable and can relax and hang out with other students in between classes. When I visit one of these centers, I know I will be surrounded with people who make me laugh or check in on me to see how I'm doing. Plus, there are always people who are willing to help me with my studies, if I need it."

RESOURCES CHICANO LEGACY 40 AĂ‘OS MOSAIC 17-by-54-foot glass mural on campus

LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE Without Walls Festival



One of the most valuable aspects of a UC San Diego education is our Six-College system. It is a benefit students can’t get at any other university of our size. Instead of 30,600 undergraduates accessing the same academic advising and student support, at 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 Tier 1 research institution.

SUPPORTIVE SPACES UC San Diego has many centers across campus dedicated to building community. Students utilize the centers for meetings, to study, take a nap, eat lunch and hang out. Most centers offer student internships, jobs and educational workshops and support. • • • • • • • • • •

Black Resource Center Cross–Cultural Center Intertribal Resource Center International Student Center Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center Office for Students with Disabilities Raza Resource Centro Student Veterans Resource Center Women’s Center Undocumented Student Services

Popular Resources Bike and Skate Shop ▪ Food Co-op ▪ Surf Shop ▪ Thrift Store ▪ Lecture podcasts and A.S. Lecture notes ▪ Outback Adventures Rental Shop ▪ The Zone well-being lounge


Photo: Triton Statue at the Price Center

Top 20

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning friendly university in the nation

JOANIE 4th year San Diego, CA U.S. Latino/Latin American Literatures major MEChA de UC San Diego, Chancellor's Associates Scholarship Program Why did you choose UC San Diego? "I'm from San Diego and I wanted to continue to be an activist in this community. I knew that I would have a lot of great opportunities at UC San Diego that will help me grow as a person, student and as an activist. I really enjoy mentoring younger students through MEChA and helping to organize community events. I think having a community that supports you is essential in order to have a great experience in a place that is new to you, and I've definitely found a great level of support here at UC San Diego."


Student Promoted Access Center for Education and Service



Tutoring and writing center

The Zone well-being lounge



Division I UC San Diego to join NCAA Division I Big West Conference. #tritonsrising

30 NCAA Division II Titles baseball ▪ basketball ▪ cross country ▪ fencing golf ▪ rowing ▪ soccer ▪ softball ▪ swimming & diving ▪ tennis ▪ track & field ▪ volleyball ▪ water polo

Student-Run Media

KSDTcollege radio station TritonTV TV station & film studio The Guardian newspaper



ALEX G. SPANOS ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE CENTER $4.3 million, state-of-the-art center on the northwest side of campus

MEN’S SOCCER TEAM One of 24 sport teams

ABUNDANT ACTIVITIES Students who participate in student organizations, community service and athletics and recreation report a more well-rounded college experience and personal growth. And it’s fun! Student Organizations UC San Diego has more than 600 organizations ranging from pre-professional and academic organizations to social, spiritual, service, political and cultural clubs. Greek Life With 23 fraternities and 20 sororities, including 18 culturallybased Greek letter organizations, Greek Life values leadership, service, intellect and friendship. Communication and Leadership UC San Diego offers several programs to help students build confidence and develop skills in leadership, public speaking, interpersonal, intergroup and professional communication. Student Government Associated Students is a campus-wide council that provides student programming and services, from concerts and events to wellness and local affairs.

EARL EDWARDS Athletic Director How will the move to Division I help the university? "Elevation to NCAA Division I athletics is a reflection of UC San Diego’s culture of risk-taking, collaboration and innovation. Aligning with peer institutions and competing at the highest levels in all endeavors is one of the reasons for the transition to Division I. We are extremely excited to be joining the Big West Conference with their strong history of success in a broad base of sports."



Sun God College Magazine’s Top 10 festivals

For UC San Diego students only

Every April we celebrate our newly admitted Tritons at the biggest and baddest admit day of any university.

167 feet 4 inches

Splat record of the longest running UC San Diego tradition, the Watermelon Drop





Welcome Week competition

Celebrating Triton athletics

Promoting fun, healthy living

COUNTLESS CELEBRATIONS Fall Quarter • Welcome Week: Cross-Cultural Center Block Party, College UnOlympics, beach party & much more! • California Native American Day • Campus Black Forum • International Education Week • Kwanzaa • MEChA Statewide Conference • Native American Heritage Month • Students of Color Conference • Veterans Day Commemorations • Hullabaloo • Parent & Family Weekend • Marshallpalooza

Winter Quarter • Afrikan Black Coalition Conference • Black History Month activities • César E. Chávez Celebrations & Parade • Chicano Park Day Cultural Celebration • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade & breakfasts • Enero Zapatista • BSU, MEChA & NASA High School Conference • Triton Spirit Night • Winter GameFest • Siblings Day Spring Quarter • Admitted Student Overnight Programs • Black Family Get Together • Chocolate Festival • The Good Life Festival • Kuncocshun • Gathering of Nations • Raza Awareness Week • Sun God Festival • Muirstock • UC San Diego Powwow • Watermelon Drop

JOCELYN 3rd year San Diego, CA Applied Mathematics major Involvement: Raza Resource Centro, OASIS, Peer Advising & Tutoring Why did you choose UC San Diego? "It was really important to me to choose a school where I knew I would receive a great education, but also have an opportunity to be involved in clubs and organizations that relate to my interests. I love attending different events and workshops on campus to determine what I would like to be involved in. Being active on campus has allowed me to build a sense of community and belonging. Through the clubs I'm invloved in, I'm provided with the resources I need to achieve my goals for the future."





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POWERFUL PREPARATION UC San Diego prepares students for admission to professional and graduate schools and meaningful careers. Triton Alumni • 170,000 worldwide • 760+ have created start-up companies, totaling $32.4 billion in annual sales • Professional fields of graduates: 33% Technology 25% Life/Health Sciences 20% Business 19% Human Services 4% Arts/Communication • Top international hiring locations of graduates: Hong Kong Japan South Korea Spain Taiwan • Top graduate schools admitting UC San Dieo graduates: UC San Diego San Diego State University UC Berkeley University of Southern California Stanford UC Irvine Columbia Northwestern University UC Davis


MOHAMUD QADI Class of 2012 Biochemistry and Cell Biology majors Medical Student, Johns Hopkins University

BRINA LEE Class of 2008 & 2013 Communications & Computer Science majors First female engineer at Instagram

MILANA VAYNTRUB Class of 2008 Communications Actress, comedienne, writer and producer. Founder of

SUCCESS DANIEL “EWOK” LEE Class of 2014 Mechanical Engineer Cofounded and sold Hush Technology, Inc. to Bose Corporation Honored as one of Forbes 30 under 30 for Consumer Tech Path to success Daniel, a mechanical engineering major, dreamed up the idea for Hush earplugs— which also double as a sound machine that plays white noise and ocean wave sounds—during Engineering professor Nathan Delson’s class. The class also provided him the tools to take his professional destiny in his own hands and start his own company, first at the Basement creative incubator at UC San Diego and then at San Diego’s EvoNexus. Now a systems engineer at Bose, the company will soon launch his revolutionary noise-masking Bose sleep buds.



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