The University of California, San Diego (“UC San Diego”) is a public research university. This school was founded in 1960 and is one of 10 campuses that form the University of California. It is well known for its research activities and received $714 million in funding for 2006-2007. The campus is located in a suburban area (La Jolla).
UC San Diego has a large student body made up of approximately 22,700 undergraduates and 4,800 graduate students. There are 1,470 faculty members and the student-to-teacher ratio is 26:1. The University is known for its Biochemistry, Biology, Economics, Management, and Psychology programs.
Majors & Programs
Courses offered at UC San Diego are divided into four divisions:
• Arts and Humanities
• Biological Sciences
• Physical Sciences
• Social Sciences
There are 125 different majors available to students at UC San Diego. Here are some examples:
• Biological Sciences
• Chinese Studies
• Classical Studies
• International Studies
• Italian Studies
• Political Science
• Visual Arts
The graduate and professional schools at UC San Diego are as follows:
• Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies
• Jacobs School of Engineering
• Rady School of Management
• School of Medicine
• Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Prospective students can apply any time from November 1-30. The University will acknowledge receipt of your application by e-mail in January. Freshman decisions are posted online starting in mid-March.
You will need to submit an official transcript, the results of your SAT or ACT to the University for consideration. The majority of those admitted to UC San Diego (89 percent) scored at least 500 on the Reading portion of the SAT and 97 percent of admitted students scored 97 percent or higher on the Math component.
Tuition & Financial Aid
UC San Diego allows state residents to attend the University without having to pay tuition. Non-residents pay $20,021 per academic year. Room and board adds another $10,820 to the cost of education, and fees to attend UC San Diego come in at $8,062.
Sports at UCSD
The varsity teams at UC San Diego are called the Tridents. They compete in the NCAA’s Division II (DII) level in the California Collegiate Athletic Association in several sports, including:
• Water Polo
There are over 30 intramural sports that UC San Diego students can participate in. Basketball, bowling, football, soccer, and volleyball are all available. Several sports clubs operate at the University, and students can also participate in aquatics, fitness classes (non-credit), sailing, rowing, and windsurfing.
Outback adventures, where groups of participants spend time participating in activities like backpacking, caving, hiking, horseback riding, and rock climbing, are another recreation option offered to UC San Diego students. These excursions may be for a day, a weekend, or for a week at a time.
Reviews of UCSD
The University of California at San Diego has a lot to offer and that is why it has been included on several lists of the top 10 research universities and graduate schools in the nation for a variety of disciplines. Several online reviews had positive things to say about UC San Diego and you can see some of them here: