UCSD Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Geisel Library at UCSD
Geisel Library at UCSD ( more photos). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

UCSD Admissions Overview:

University of California San Diego is a selective school, with an acceptance rate of 36% in 2016. Students will need high test scores and grades in order to be considered for admission. To apply, interested students will need to submit an application, high school transcripts, and SAT or ACT scores. All applicants must also write four short personal insight essays. For complete application instructions, be sure to visit the school's website.

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UCSD Description:

One of the "Public Ivies," UCSD consistently ranks in top ten lists of best public universities. The school is particularly strong in the sciences, social sciences and engineering. With its coastal location in La Jolla, California, and with the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, UCSD gets top marks for oceanography and the biological sciences. The school has a system of six undergraduate residential colleges modeled after Oxford and Cambridge, and each college has its own curricular focus. On the athletic front, the UCSD Tritons compete in the NCAA Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 34,979 (28,127 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 52% Male / 48% Female
  • 97% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $13,645 (in-state); $40,327 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,541 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,545
  • Other Expenses: $4,508
  • Total Cost: $32,239 (in-state); $58,921 (out-of-state)

UCSD Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 56%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 49%
    • Loans: 33%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $17,303
    • Loans: $5,698

Academic Programs:

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 95%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 59%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 87%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Track and Field, Baseball, Rowing, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo, Fencing
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Fencing, Rowing, Tennis, Volleyball, Swimming, Water Polo, Soccer

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

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