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University of California - San Diego is a public institution situated in La Jolla, California. La Jolla is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

412 Undergraduate Degrees
320 Graduate Degrees
$44,929 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
34% Acceptance Rate

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University of California - San Diego Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, UCSD is ranked #52 out of 408 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #5 out of 28 schools in California.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

UCSD has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#21 Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Most Popular Computer Science Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Most Popular Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Most Popular Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UCSD.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#8 Most Popular Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Value Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Computer Information Systems Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UCSD has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#30 Highest Paid Computer Science Graduates College Factual
#38 Highest Paid Computer & Information Sciences Graduates College Factual
#57 Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual

Where Is University of California - San Diego?

Location of University of California - San Diego

Contact details for UCSD are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093
Phone: 858-534-2230
Website: www.ucsd.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCSanDiegoLife
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ucsandiego

How Do I Get Into UCSD?

You can apply to UCSD online at: admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply-now.html

Admission Requirements for UCSD

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UCSD?

34% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
84% Submit SAT Scores
UCSD has a fairly low acceptance rate of 34%, which makes it more selective than most schools. Take time to make sure you submit all the requested materials and you prepare the application in full. You don't want to get denied right off the bat due to an incomplete application!

Approximately 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 33%, and the acceptance rate for women is 35%.

Average Test Scores

About 84% of students accepted to UCSD submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 680. Math scores were between 610 and 730.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of California - San Diego  ( 600 to 680 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of California - San Diego  ( 610 to 730 )
200
800
UCSD received ACT scores from 52% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 25 and 33. Math scores were between 27 and 33. Composite scores were between 27 and 33.

ACT English Scores for University of California - San Diego  ( 25 to 33 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for University of California - San Diego  ( 27 to 33 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of California - San Diego  ( 27 to 33 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of California - San Diego?

$44,929 Net Price
39% Take Out Loans
1.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UCSD is $44,929. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UCSD, approximately 39% of students took out student loans averaging $5,491 a year. That adds up to $21,964 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UCSD is 1.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of California - San Diego Undergraduate Student Diversity

29,966 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 30,794 undergraduate students at UCSD, with 29,966 being full-time and 828 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UCSD

There are also 7,942 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 29,966 full-time undergraduates at UCSD, 50% are male and 50% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UCSD

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of California - San Diego students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UCSD Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 9,908
Black or African American 504
Hispanic or Latino 6,559
White 5,776
International Students 5,245
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,974

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at University of California - San Diego. At this time, 42 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 101 countries are represented at UCSD. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

University of California - San Diego Computer Science Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Computer Science 412 267 25 704
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 28 0 28
TOTAL 412 295 25 732

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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