Academics

Location
La Jolla, CA
Undergrads
21,983
Tuition (in-state)
$36,095 ($13,217)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Some professors are bad at what they do because they do not know how to teach. But you just have to pray to God that you do not get one of those professors. The workload is hard compared to high school which is expected.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: My major is human biology. Biology or engineering is mostly everyone's major here. It is very very competitive and hard. Some teachers are very bad, but some are great. You just have to be lucky to get the right teacher. It sucks because you might fail a class and it was not because you are not smart enough, its because the teacher did not explain things right and didn't care enough.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are top notch but you really have to work hard to shine in big classrooms.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The workload is heavy but very rewarding. Our library, Geisel, is always packed with people studying and using the library's resources.

3 College Junior

Academics: Being a biology major means 350+ kids in your classes, less attention, and less open opportunities, but at the same time, since it's such a science-focused school, there are still a lot of opportunities

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 31st
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 86th
    Best Course Variety
  • 518th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 563rd
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 739th
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Juan Ramirez
Hometown
El Monte, Calif.
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At UCSD, there are intelligent people doing amazing things everywhere you look. UCSD has some of the top programs in the nation for sciences, social sciences, theater, and dance. The faculty is made up of world-class professors who rank at the top of their fields. Freshmen who are often at the top of their classes in high school are surprised to be just one of the masses at UCSD, where everyone is just as smart as they are. Academics at UCSD are taken very seriously by the majority of students, and on any Friday night, you can find just as many students in the library studying as you can out partying.

Although many students are upset they have had professors—especially science professors—who were more concerned with their own research than teaching, most agree that the good professors and TAs outweigh the bad. One way to find the best professors in your area of study is to read CAPE—a Web site put together by students that ranks professors and classes. Standing for Course and Professor Evaluations, it is a great way to get word-of-mouth advice without having to know anyone who already took the class. Overall, UCSD students agree that professors are always willing to help if they are approached. All professors have office hours, and they are there to help you.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
19:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,496
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
341
Total FT Faculty
3,405
Faculty with Terminal Degree
98%
Average Faculty Salary
$103,200
Full-Time Retention Rate
94%
Part-Time Retention Rate
0%
Graduation Rate
86%
Programs/Majors Offered
106
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 44%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 26%
  • 50 or More Students: 30%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Marshall College
  • Muir College
  • Revelle College
  • Roosevelt College
  • Sixth College
  • Warren College
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Anatomy: 2%
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 3%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 3%
  • Psychology: 3%
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Best Places to Study
  • CafĂ© Roma
  • Center for Library and Instructional Computing Services (CLICS)
  • Giesel library
  • The grass hump by the Old Student Center
Tips to Succeed
  • Be flexible.
  • Be ready to meet new and different people.
  • Bring earplugs.
  • Learn how to use the public buses.
  • Try to remember you are at school not just to have fun, but to study, too (at least occasionally).
  • Use the study help centers.
Did You Know?
  • Numerous UCSD faculty members have won Nobel Prizes including Francis Crick, Paul Crutzen, Renato Dulbecco, Harry Markowitz, and George Palade.
  • Studying abroad can greatly enhance your four years at UCSD. Programs are available for every major around the world. Most programs are the same price as attending UCSD and vary from a year to just a few weeks. Check out the Programs Abroad Office or visit http://orpheus.ucsd.edu/icenter/pao/index.html.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 14 responses

  • 17% Susumu Tonegawa - Nobel Prize winner in medicine
  • 14% Capt. Eleanor "Connie" Mariano - first female physician to the president
  • 11% Zachary Fisk - condensed matter physicist, award winner
  • 9% Abby Leibman - co-founder, California Women's Law Center
  • 9% Guy "Bud" Tribble - principal architect of original Mac
  • 9% Al Zollar - President and CEO, Lotus Technologies
  • 6% John Shoven - dean, Stanford's School of Humanities & Sciences
  • 6% Brian Druker - oncologist, developed drug for leukemia
  • 6% Greg Papadopoulos - vice president, Sun Microsystems
  • 6% John Dobak - inventor of several medical devices
  • 3% Carol Becker (Ph.D.) - dean, Columbia's School of the Arts
  • 3% Ron Reedy - Peregrinne
  • 3% Roger Chen, isolated GFP
  • 0% John Slaughter - president emeritus, Occidental College
  • 0% George DeVries - CEO, American Specialty Health
  • 0% Tim Roemer - former U.S. representative (D-IN)
  • 0% Nathan East - bassist in the Eric Clapton Band
  • 0% Mark Allen - Ironman, triathlon world champion
  • 0% David Shaw - founder of Juno Online Services
  • 0% Craig Venter - president of Celera Genomics

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 95 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 98 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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