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3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The workload was not too bad and the lecture halls are ok.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The curriculum is great which is why UCSD is one of the top schools

4 College Senior

Academics: I'm a computer science major here at UCSD. The courses are challenging and I really have to put a lot of effort and time to do well in my classes. I can always go to my professors, TAs and other students for help when I need to.

4 College Senior

Academics: The professors here are great. Most of them are easy to approach and I never have a problem with relating to my professors.

3 College Junior

Academics: I have recently changed majors from Pharmacological Chemistry to Human Biology. I would not advise you to choose a chemistry major here unless you have a strong passion for it. The requirements for chemistry and biology are very similar in their lower division classes, but only in chemistry you are required to take the more difficult course series.


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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
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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 3%
  • Communication Studies: 2%
  • 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

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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