UC San Diego Triton Admission Guide

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TRITON ADMISSION GUIDE

A world-class education taught by awardwinning faculty with an ocean backdrop. We are here to launch you on your journey.

THE UC SAN DIEGO COLLEGE SYSTEM

What is the college system?

UC San Diego’s unique college system provides students with individual advising, support, and resources. Each college has its own theme and general education requirements. You will be required to rank the colleges on the UC application, and you can pursue any major in any college.

MEET THE COLLEGES

REVELLE

Est. 1964 | revelle.ucsd.edu

Where the sciences, arts, and humanities join to educate and inspire multidisciplinary scholars.

JOHN MUIR

Est. 1967 | muir.ucsd.edu

Recognized for individuality and independent spirit.

THURGOOD MARSHALL

Est. 1970 | marshall.ucsd.edu

Shaping us as scholars and citizens.

EARL WARREN

Est. 1974 | warren.ucsd.edu

Fostering responsible citizenship in a global society.

LAMBERTO He/Him

Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts (ICAM)

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ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

Est. 1988 | roosevelt.ucsd.edu

Developing world citizens through scholarship, leadership, and service.

SIXTH

Est. 2001 | sixth.ucsd.edu

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

SEVENTH

Est. 2019 | seventh.ucsd.edu

Equipping the next generation of scholars, leaders, and innovators with the tools to confront our changing planet.

EIGHTH

Est. 2022 | eighth.ucsd.edu

Committed to engagement and community in an effort to tackle worldwide challenges.

STUDENT

What do you love about the college system?

I come from a small community college and I love the idea of having smaller communities within this large university. It allows us to build smaller networks. Through my college, I’ve met people from different majors, backgrounds, races, and religions. I love that the college system brings us all together as students, regardless of where we’re from or what we’re studying.

2-YEAR HOUSING GUARANTEE

Live on-campus in your college neighborhood or transfer community.

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THE TRITON EDGE

UC San Diego scholars are among the best in the world.

Here, you’ll be joining a community of fearless innovators and artists who are working to make global change.

TIME TO DEGREE

4 YEARS First-Year (12.0 quarters)

2.2 YEARS Transfers (6.7 quarters)

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

$1.76 BILLION in Annual Research Funding Arts, sciences, and engineering labs and studios fill our campus, as well as 18 research institutes.

FACULTY HONORS

Nobel Prize • Fields Medal • Balzan Prize • Pulitzer Prize • Kyoto Prize • MacArthur Foundation Award • National Medal of Science • Tony Award • Academy Award • National Humanities Medal

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

3,000 SQ. FT. of work and incubation space for student entrepreneurs offered in The Basement. Earn academic credit and gain valuable work experience through the Academic Internship Program.

TRAINING AND INTERNSHIPS

Thousands of hands-on experiences available on campus as well as at companies, nonprofits and in government–locally, nationally and globally.

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160+ 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.

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 & Eurasia Studies

Study of Religion

Theatre

Visual Arts

• Art History/Criticism

• Interdisciplinary

Computing & the Arts

• Media

• Speculative Design

• Studio

World

Literature & Culture

Visit UCSD.EDU/CATALOG for the most complete information on all of UC San Diego’s undergraduate programs.

Please note: this list of majors may be organized differently on the UC application.

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

- Artificial Intelligence

- 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 a 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 a 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)

Media Industries & Communication

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

For selective majors, visit admissions.ucsd.edu/selective

The most competitive applicants to UC San Diego present an academic profile stronger than the minimum UC admission requirements below.

First-year applicants are in high school or graduated from high school and have not enrolled in or attended fall, winter or spring sessions at a college or university.

Apply as a first-year even if you’ve completed college courses during high school (including dual enrollment) and/or through the summer immediately after graduation.

COURSEWORK

3.0 OR BETTER IN THESE COURSES

The A–G subject requirements represent the 15 minimum academic preparatory courses that first-year applicants must have to meet UC admission requirements. Complete 11 of the 15 A–G requirements by the end of the junior year.

GPA IN A-G COURSES

10TH & 11TH GRADE

3.0 OR BETTER CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS 3.4 OR BETTER NON-CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS

EXAMS

• Demonstration of English proficiency is required for international students.

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

Please note: The GPAs listed above are the minimum recommended requirements to be eligible for admission to the UC system, but students who are competitive for admission to our campus far exceed the minimum requirements for GPA.

PERSONAL INSIGHT QUESTIONS

• The personal insight questions are about getting to know you better— your life experience, interests, ambitions and inspirations.

• You must answer 4 out of 8 questions.

• Each answer is limited to 350 words

For more details, visit admissions.ucsd.edu/first-year-piqs

COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW

UC San Diego conducts a holistic review to consider these factors for each application.

• Overall GPA.

• Achievement in high school and college coursework including performance in honors, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses offered at your school.

• Academic accomplishments.

• Special talents, achievements and awards.

• Personal qualities.

• Quality of senior year course schedule.

PORTFOLIO REVIEW

Applicants to Arts majors have the option to submit a portfolio or audition for faculty review. For more information visit artsandhumanities.ucsd.edu/students/undergraduate.html and click on Jump to the Admissions and Portfolio section.

TRANSFER

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

The most competitive applicants to UC San Diego present an academic profile much stronger than the minimum UC admission requirements below.

Transfer students are enrolled in fall, winter or spring session at a college or university after finishing high school.

Enrolling in dual enrollment programs (with or without completion of an Associate’s Degree) while in high school or taking classes during summer term immediately after high school does not make you a transfer student.

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TRANSFER SUPPORT

UC TRANSFER ADMISSION PLANNER

UC TAP is a free online tool to help prospective UC transfer students track and plan their coursework. For more details, visit uctap.universityofcalifornia.edu.

TRITON TRANSFER HUB

Staff and peer mentors at the Triton Transfer Hub support our diverse transfer population in connecting with the community and ensuring a successful pathway to graduation and beyond. For more details, visit transferstudents.ucsd.edu.

COURSEWORK AND UNITS

COMPLETE A MINIMUM OF 60 UC-TRANSFERABLE SEMESTER (90 QUARTER) UNITS

COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING 7-COURSE PATTERN

• 2 English composition

• 1 mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning

• 4 courses from at least 2 of the following:

– Arts and humanities

– Social and behavioral sciences

– Physical and biological sciences

GPA

3.0 OR BETTER RECOMMENDED IN UC-TRANSFERABLE COURSES

Please note: The GPA listed above is the minimum recommended requirement to be eligible for admission to the UC system, but students admitted to UC san Diego have GPAs that exceed the minimum. admissions.ucsd.edu/transfer

PORTFOLIO REVIEW

Applicants to Arts majors have the option to submit a portfolio or audition for faculty review. For more information visit artsandhumanities.ucsd.edu/students/undergraduate.html and click on Jump to the Admissions and Portfolio section.

MAJOR PREPARATION

We strongly encourage all applicants to complete the major preparation coursework outlined for your major on assist.org to help ease your transition to campus and accelerate your time-to-degree.

Applicants to all majors within the departments listed below are required to complete minimum coursework to be admitted into the major. You will be screened for the number of courses completed, the grades earned in those courses and your cumulative GPA.

• Astronomy & Astrophysics

• Biological Anthropology

• Biological Sciences

• Chemistry & Biochemistry

• Data Science

• Economics

• Engineering

• Environmental Systems

• Geosciences

• Marine Biology

• Mathematics

• Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences

• Physics

• Public Health

• Real Estate & Development

Visit admissions.ucsd.edu/MajorPrep for full details.

PERSONAL INSIGHT QUESTIONS

The personal insight questions are about getting to know you better — your life experience, interests, ambitions and inspirations.

• You must answer 1 required question.

• You must also answer three out of seven additional questions.

• Each answer is limited to a maximum of 350 words. For more details, visit admissions.ucsd.edu/transfer-piqs.

TRANSFERABILITY

• California Community College students: View UC-transferable courses at assist.org.

• UC campus students: Courses completed during a regular or summer session and UC Extension courses 1–199 are transferable.

• Other applicants: Courses from regionally accredited postsecondary institutions similar in content to those offered in the UC system may be transferable.

GENERAL EDUCATION

Although not required for admission, the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is a series of California Community College courses that fulfill lower-division general education requirements at every UC San Diego college, except Revelle College. Revelle requires transfer students with IGETC to complete three courses in math and five courses in science before transfer or while enrolled at UC San Diego. compare.ucsd.edu

International applicants must meet English Language Proficiency requirements.

Learn more at admissions.ucsd.edu/international .

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.

• 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.

Learn more at fas.ucsd.edu.

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TRITON SUCCESS

There are more than 245,000 TRITON ALUMNI worldwide… and growing!

TOP EMPLOYERS

TOP CAREER PATHS FOR TRITON ALUMNI

Engineering, Business, Education, Research, Community and Social Services, Media and Communications

$90,000 Average Base Salary of UC San Diego Graduates

$161,000 Average Mid-Career Salary of UC San Diego Graduates

#6 BEST VALUE Public College - Princeton Review, 2024

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!

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ALUMNI STORY

EM BEIHOLD she/her BA ‘20

Singer/Songwriter

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Em Beihold began playing piano at the age of seven. She released her first EP in 2017 while still in high school and enrolled at UC San Diego the same year. She graduated in 2020 with a degree in Communication and went on to release her debut single “Numb Little Bug” in 2022. The song immediately hit the Billboard Hot 100 charts and has reached more than 362 million streams on Spotify.

Em told UC San Diego Today: “What’s happening now is what I’ve wanted my whole life, but nothing prepares you for when your music goes viral. When I graduated and looked back, I realized how incredible an experience [UC San Diego] was. I really missed being around my friends all the time, the routine of being in La Jolla.”

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IMPORTANT DATES

AUG. 1 | UC application opens

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

OCT. 1-MAR. 2 | FAFSA or California Dream Act Application priority submission period (subject to change) 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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