Academics

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

Academics: A lot of research is done at this school and many professors are well known in their fields.

2 College Sophomore

Academics: very stressful. a lot of studying. a lot of hard classes.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors seam to really care about their students here and I find most of the curriculum to be good and despite the 10 week quarters it can be quite in depth. The 10 week quarter system is a downfall as far as learning and the kind of grades you can achieve with such a heavy and fast paced workload. The up side is that if you don't enjoy a class it is over before you know it. The study abroad through UCSD is amazing and the advisors are very helpful.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Very high standards with competitive students.

5 College Senior

Academics: Great school for academics with numerous Nobel Prize winners.

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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 11 responses

  • 17% Capt. Eleanor "Connie" Mariano - first female physician to the president
  • 17% Susumu Tonegawa - Nobel Prize winner in medicine
  • 12% Zachary Fisk - condensed matter physicist, award winner
  • 12% Al Zollar - President and CEO, Lotus Technologies
  • 8% Greg Papadopoulos - vice president, Sun Microsystems
  • 8% John Dobak - inventor of several medical devices
  • 4% John Shoven - dean, Stanford's School of Humanities & Sciences
  • 4% Carol Becker (Ph.D.) - dean, Columbia's School of the Arts
  • 4% Abby Leibman - co-founder, California Women's Law Center
  • 4% Guy "Bud" Tribble - principal architect of original Mac
  • 4% Ron Reedy - Peregrinne
  • 4% Roger Chen, isolated GFP
  • 0% John Slaughter - president emeritus, Occidental College
  • 0% Brian Druker - oncologist, developed drug for leukemia
  • 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

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 94 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 97 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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