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University of California San Diego

La Jolla, California

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Overview

Student Population
37,887
University of California San Diego overview
Location La Jolla, California
Online ucsd.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large City
University of California San Diego overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Located in La Jolla, California, University of California San Diego is a large four year public college offering both undergrad and graduate programs. In the most recent statistical year 97,894 prospective students applied, and 29,428 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 6,707 enrolled in the school.  36,590 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,297 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2018/2019, excluding room and board, is $11,442 plus fees of $2,725. UCSD is ranked 77 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Ratings

9/10
Overall
10/10
Academics
7/10
Resources
9/10
Outcomes

UCSD is rated within the top 18% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 9 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated

Rankings

Rankings for University of California San Diego within the 2020 CollegeSimply Best Colleges Lists.

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Getting In

Admission Standards
Elite
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SAT 1260/1470
ACT 27/33
GPA 3.82
Applications Accepted
30.1% 
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Applications Due Nov 30, 2020
Applicant Competition High

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Annual Cost to Attend

California Resident Tuition
$11,442
In State Costs for University of California San Diego
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,102
Other Fees$2,725
Room and Board $13,651
Budget for Other Expenses$3,918
Total One Year Cost$32,838
Out of State Resident Tuition
$40,434
Out of State Costs for University of California San Diego
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,102
Other Fees$2,725
Room and Board $13,651
Budget for Other Expenses$3,918
Total One Year Cost$61,830

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Outcomes

Average Salary After 10 Years
$67,900 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
85% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of California San Diego students
Subject Percent of Class
Biology 23%
Social Sciences 21%
Engineering 10%
Psychology 8%
General Studies 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110680 IPEDS survey data for University of California San Diego.

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