University Of California San Diego

University Of California San Diego

University Of California - San Diego, also known as UC San Diego or UCSD, is a public research university founded in 1955. It is located in San Diego, California. The university campus sits on 1,200 acres of land and has 694 buildings. UC San Diego grants admission to over 20,000 students every year. There are a number of undergraduate colleges and graduate divisions of the university offering over 100 undergraduate majors, more than 50 masters degrees, over 50 doctoral programs, and a few professional degrees. Various programs in mathematics, engineering, liberal arts, science, and art studies are available to the students of this university.

UC San Diego boasts of some eminent faculty members including eight Nobel Laureates, three National Medal of Science laureates, eight MacArthur fellows, and one Fields medalist.

The sports teams are known as the Tritons and King Triton, a trident-wielding merman, is the official mascot. Students of the institute participate in various sports such as swimming, water polo, volleyball, soccer, track and field, fencing, crew, basketball, golf, cross country, tennis, softball, and baseball.

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University of California-San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr
La Jolla , CA 92093
General Phone: (858) 534-2230

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UC San Diego Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,937Latin American studies, Chinese studies, Italian studies, Japanese studies, area studies, minority and gender studies, linguistics, comparative literature, Russian language, ...
Science1,724biology, biomedical sciences, biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, anatomy, microbiology, animal physiology, neurobiology, ...
Engineering932aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, structural engineering, electrical engineering, engineering physics, engineering science, environmental engineering, materials engineering, ...
Therapy and Counseling595cognitive science, psychology, clinical psychology, psychology courses
Business and Management400business management, management science
Computer Science and Engineering328computer science, computer engineering, computer engineering courses
Media254communication studies
Medicine204neuroscience, medicine, medical scientist, pharmacy
Mathematics157mathematics, math, applied mathematics, statistics, statistics courses, mathematics and computer science
Art Studies117visual and performing arts
Family and Social Work111family studies
Education and Teaching107education, educational administration, math teaching
Drama and Performing Arts66dance, drama, directing
Religion and Philosophy59philosophy, religion, Jewish studies
Fine Arts54fine arts, art history and criticism
Music45music, music performance
Conservation and Resource Management28environmental studies
Medical Support and Technology5audiology

Number of programs and degrees for UC San Diego in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree5,32873
Master's degree89449
Doctor's degree48849
Post-master's certificate25821
First-professional degree1552

UC San Diego Student Body

In 2007-2008, UC San Diego had a total enrollment of 27,020 students (27,806 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 44%
Women 56%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 82%
Graduate 16%
First Professional 2%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 32%
Black 1%
Hispanic 11%
Asian 41%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 9%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 32%
20-21 31%
22-24 18%
25-29 12%
30-34 4%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

UC San Diego Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 95 %
Part-Time 91 %

UC San Diego Room and Board (2007)

UC San Diego offers campus housing for 10,836 of its 27,806 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of San Diego, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

UC San Diego Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal540660
SAT Math590700
SAT Writing550670
ACT Verbal2229
ACT Math2531
ACT Composite2329

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT98%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT32%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

UC San Diego Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 8,062
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 28,673
Room and board $ 10,787
Books and supplies $ 1,523
Other expenses $ 3,388

Financial Aid:
UC San Diego participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 131700)

UC San Diego Faculty

UC San Diego has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track13871
Non-tenured and not on tenure track401224

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year35$145,9076$122,117
Associate professorcalendar year3$99,9363$92,001
Assistant professorcalendar year1*2*
Lecturercalendar year0*1*
No academic rankcalendar year4$33,2748$33,274
All faculty totalcalendar year43$130,45220$74,717

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year403$135,82876$118,391
Associate professoracademic year126$88,95757$78,276
Assistant professoracademic year123$79,97157$73,734
Lectureracademic year42$65,86763$64,584
All faculty totalacademic year694$113,185253$85,893

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

UC San Diego Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Division II Independents
Baseball Division II Independents
Track Division II Independents

UC San Diego Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Management Science, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Engineering, Other
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Directing and Theatrical Production
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Mathematics Teacher Education

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Physics
Engineering Science
Engineering, Other
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Structural Engineering
Systems Engineering

Family And Social Work
Human Development and Family Studies, General

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
American Government and Politics (United States)
Area Studies, Other
Chinese Studies
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies
Italian Studies
Japanese Studies
Latin American Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Political Science and Government, Other
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General
Mathematics, Other
Statistics, General
Statistics, Other

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences

Medical Scientist (MS, PhD)
Medicine (MD)
Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Religion/Religious Studies

Animal Physiology
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Chemical Physics
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Microbiology, General
Molecular Biology
Neurobiology and Neurophysiology
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Physical Sciences, Other
Physics, General
Physics, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Cognitive Science
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other

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