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UCSD Demographics & Diversity

La Jolla, California

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity
Very High

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at UCSD are predominantly Asian with a sizeable White population. The school has very high racial diversity. 79% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of University of California San Diego students
Race Percent of Students
White 21%
Black 1%
Hispanic 16%
Asian 37%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 5%
International 17%
Race Unknown 2%

Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity
Very High

There are 6% more male students than female students enrolled at University of California San Diego with a gender ratio of 51% men to 49% women. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, UCSD has a higher gender diversity than other US colleges and is very inclusive of both genders.

Male to female gender ratio for University of California San Diego students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 51%
Women 49%
Enrollment by gender for University of California San Diego students
Gender Number of Students
Men 20,323
Women 19,253

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity
Very Low

UCSD serves a very low number of students outside of California, with 75 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for University of California San Diego students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 75%
Out of State 8%
Foreign 17%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$76,397 per year

32% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 5.7%
Part time Undergrads 2.5%

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