University of California - San Diego

2,993 reviews
  1. La Jolla, CA
  2. 4 Year
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B-
University of California - San Diego is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Division II Independents
Address
9500 Gilman Dr
La Jolla, CA 92093
Website

University of California - San Diego Rankings

Niche ranks over 1,000 colleges based on more than 50 statistics and nearly 12 million opinions from college students.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
33%
SAT Range
1190-1430
ACT Range
27-32
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$13,693/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,362/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,832/ year
  • $49-75k
    $12,831/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,286/ year
  • $110k+
    $26,932/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.136 responses
44%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.132 responses
45%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.133 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
24,159Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
32%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 73 responses
Report
  • Asian
    47%
  • From SoCal, Asian, Bio Major, PreMed
    27%
  • Intellectual
    12%
  • Brilliant
    3%
  • Cool
    3%
  • Smart
    3%
  • STEM
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
57%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.201 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.243 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 67 responses
Report
  • Can be Amazing or disappointing
    24%
  • Great undergraduate experience
    24%
  • If you don't get involved, you're doing it wrong
    19%
  • Love it or hate it
    13%
  • Engineers
    12%
  • Awesome
    4%
  • Sad
    3%

After University of California - San Diego

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$59,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
86%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
87%
National
83%
65%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.66 responses

Reviews

2,993 reviews
  • Excellent
    325
  • Very Good
    1104
  • Average
    1205
  • Poor
    235
  • Terrible
    89
I love the overall look of the campus. The Geisel library is very large with lots of places to study. It has reserved the first two floors for collaborative study, floors three through seven for quiet study, and the top floor for silent study. Each floor has many windows so you are able to view the beautiful campus while studying. Some of these floors include large individual desks and group study rooms. This school also includes a wellness zone called "The Zone" where they offer methods to destress such as free massages, visiting puppies on Thursdays, and craft activities. There are also many tutoring rooms with free tutors for various subjects such as Chemistry, Math, Physics, and Computer Science. There are plentiful opportunities to improve your skills and get help in your studies at University of California, San Diego. Professors are also constantly trying to reveal internship opportunities to students and try to help them in their application process.
  • Sophomore
  • 12 hours ago
The University of California, San Diego provides a great education as well as a wonderful environment for students around the world. The courses are both challenging and intriguing. The separation of colleges within the university is a good way of forming communities on campus and making the overall experience at UCSD more personal without secluding any student. The campus promotes and practices acceptance to people no matter their race, beliefs, gender, etc.
  • Freshman
  • 17 days ago
UCSD has been an absolutely incredible experience. Even though some of the classes are incredibly difficult and time consuming, there are so many reasons to attend this amazing school. Not only is the campus in an amazing location with beautiful views and weather, but it also home to some of the most amazing opportunities imaginable.
  • Junior
  • 17 days ago