La Jolla, CA
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$36,095 ($13,217)
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5 College Sophomore

Academics: For science majors, there are numerous opportunities to work or volunteer in a lab either on or off campus. (The off-campus labs are as close as a five minute bus ride). You just have to be proactive about applying for these opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are both bad and good professors in any school. In this college, however, I think that the amount of good, veteran professors that teach the material well and memorably outweigh the amount of new, inexperienced professors (who, I'm sure, will get better over time). Also, there is tutoring and student notes (available for purchase) to assist in studying. Furthermore, there are many study lounges throughout the campus.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The Theatre/Dance department is a close-knit community or very interesting and talented people. This means there's always someone available to collaborate with, and the facilities are easy to access.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Study resources are plentiful and easy to use. The class registration process, on the other hand, is very difficult to use the first few times.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Being a political science major is amazing! We have the best professors (most of them wrote the book they teach out of and are at the forefront of their field). But know that you will be one of the very few social science majors on campus. A majority of our students are STEM majors.

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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
  • 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

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 94 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 97 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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