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Important updates from UC San Diego, including new majors, campus news, recruitment events and more! Learn about UC San Diego's newest addition: Seventh College which will begin enrolling first-year students for the fall 2020 term.

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Previous Issues: Summer 2019

New & Capped Majors

New Majors

  • Education Science
  • World Literature and Culture
  • Business Psychology
  • International Studies: Philosophy
  • Political Science: Data Analytics

Majors with Capped Status – For All Students

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

Note: A capped major is not the same as a major requiring pre-major status.

catalog.ucsd.edu

Personal Insight Questions

First-Year

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

First-Year Personal Insight Questions

Transfers

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

Transfer Personal Insight Questions

Portfolio Review

First-Year 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

First-Year Requirements

Transfer Requirements

Transfer Major Preparation

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

Transfer Major Preparation

Seventh College

UC San Diego is excited to welcome Seventh College as the newest addition to our unique College System. The college's philosophy will focus on Interdisciplinary explorations of our changing planet. At Seventh College, students will develop skills for impactful, responsible engagement and will use this breadth of knowledge to augment their studies and offer real-world solutions.

Seventh College will begin enrolling first-year students for the fall 2020 term and will begin enrolling transfer students during the fall 2022 term.

seventh.ucsd.edu

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.

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First Year Experience

Each UC San Diego college offers 2-unit First Year Experience courses for first-year and transfer students. 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.

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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.

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Admissions Snapshot

First-Year

The ranges shown reflect the middle 50% of our fall 2019 admitted students. Among this pool of admitted students, 25% also had a GPA or test scores higher than the range posted here, and 25% had lower.

99,100
Applications
32,000
Admits
32%
Admit Rate
Admit Ranges (based on Fall 2019 admitted class)
GPA
4.03-4.28
ACT
28-34
SAT Composite
1320-1510
SAT Mathematics
660 - 790
SAT Evidence-Based Reading/Writing
640 - 740

Admissions Snapshot

Transfer

The ranges shown reflect the middle 50% of our fall 2019 admitted transfer students. Among this pool of admitted transfer students, 25% also had a GPA higher than the range posted here, and 25% had lower.

19,300
Applications
10,800
Admits
56%
Admit Rate
Admit Ranges (based on Fall 2019 admitted class)
GPA
3.43-3.86

Counselor Contact List

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