Explore these snapshots of the admitted freshman and transfer class for fall 2017. Register for an Application Workshop webinar here.

2017 Admission Snapshots Freshman

  • Applications: 88,427
  • Admits: 30,210
  • Admit Rate: 34%
Home Location Applicants Admits
California Residents 67% 61%
Non-California Residents 13% 19%
International 20% 20%
first generation 28% 23%

Admit Ranges & Averages

*based on Fall 2017 admitted class

  • GPA avg: 4.14
  • ACT avg: 31
  • SAT Reading avg: 641
  • SAT Mathematics avg: 683
  • SAT Writing avg: 642

2017 Admission Snapshots Transfer

  • Applications: 17,803
  • Admits: 9,648
  • Admit Rate: 54%
Home Location Applicants Admits
California Residents 77% 83%
Non-California Residents 3% 1%
International 20% 16%
first generation 41% 42%

Admit Ranges & Averages

*based on Fall 2017 admitted class

  • GPA avg: 3.56

New & Capped Majors

New Major

  • Real Estate and Development
  • Data Science

Capped Majors

On the UC Application, students should indicate their desired major. If it is on this list, they should also indicate an alternate major.

  • Biological Sciences (all majors)
  • Economics
  • Engineering (all majors)
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Public Health

Visit catalog.ucsd.edu to see the complete list of majors.

Application Personal Insight Questions


  • Must answer 4 out of 8 questions
  • Each answer limited to 350 word maximum


  • Must answer 1 required question
  • Must also answer 3 out of 7 additional questions
  • Each answer limited to 350 word maximum

For full details, visit: Personal insight questions

Application Portfolio Review

Freshman and Transfer applicants may be asked to submit an optional supplemental application and/or a portfolio/audition video for faculty review, when applying to these majors:

  • Music
    • Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts
    • Music
    • Music Humanities
  • Theatre & Dance
    • Dance
    • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
    • Art History
    • Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts
    • Media
    • Speculative Design
    • Studio

Visit Freshman Requirements or Transfer Requirements for full details.

Application Transfer Major Prep

Applicants to the following departments and the Jacobs School of Engineering must complete minimum coursework to be admitted into the major. Students will be screened for the number of courses completed, the grades earned in those courses and cumulative GPA.

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Cognitive Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

Visit Transfer Major Preparation for full details.

New Leadership

Executive Vice Chancellor Elizabeth H. Simmons starts in September. She is a physicist and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Campus Growth

Campus approved plans for the largest building project to date: 10-acre North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood will include academic, residential, commercial and cultural spaces.

The new OceanView dining hall opened in Thurgood Marshall College, offering kosher and halal dining options.

First Year Experience

Each UC San Diego college offers 2-unit First Year Experience courses for freshmen and transfers. These courses address challenges students often face transitioning from high school and community college to a large research university. Faculty lead weekly lectures and undergraduate leaders host smaller discussions. Students gain: effective research and study skills, stronger time management skills, enhanced communication skills, more confidence interacting with faculty, and much more.

Co-Curricular Record

UC San Diego’s Co-Curricular Record (CCR) is the first tool of its kind in higher education, highlighting student achievements in opportunities beyond the classroom. The CCR provides students with a brief description of their accomplishments and the skills they developed during their undergraduate years. It is validated by the registrar and helps students with their job search by making connections between academic skills learned and marketable competencies, “soft skills,” which students have developed and demonstrated in and out of the classroom.