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16th best research university in the world for scientific impact

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UC San Diego scientists and physicians ranked among the world’s most influential scientific minds

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15th best university in the world for research and global reputation

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1st in the nation for positive impact

Washington Monthly

No. 1 for women graduates in science, technology, engineering and math

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4th in the nation for economic diversity

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Top 10 public university in the nation for more than a decade

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14th best university in the world

Center for World-Class Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong

13th in the world for total research output

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14th best among research-intensive medical school programs

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15th best public university for return on investment

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16th best research university in the world for scientific impact

Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University

"UC San Diego scientists and physicians ranked among the world’s most influential scientific minds"

Thomson Reuters

15th best university in the world for research and global reputation

U.S. News and World Report

1st in the nation for positive impact

Washington Monthly

No. 1 for women graduates in science, technology, engineering and math

BestColleges.com

4th in the nation for economic diversity

New York Times

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UC SAN DIEGO

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Maria | Human Development major Testimonial
“My major is very interdisciplinary and I love having the chance to study many different perspectives and work with people from so many different fields of study.”

Maria | Human Development major

Noble | International Studies and Political Sciences 5-year master's program Testimonial
“The five-year master's really attracted me to the International Studies program. I thought it would be the best way to use all of my skills and my passion.”

Noble | International Studies and Political Sciences 5-year master's program

Crystal | Biochemistry/Cell Biology major Testimonial
“I’ve had the chance to do so much here! I studied abroad in Italy and I’ve volunteered with patients in Nicaragua and Belize through Alternative Breaks and Global Medical Brigade.”

Crystal | Biochemistry/Cell Biology major

Eddie | Bioengineering major Testimonial
“UC San Diego does more research than most universities. The most important things to me were the quality of research being done here and my ability to impact the campus.”

Eddie | Bioengineering major

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