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UC San Diego has an Admissions Officer assigned to each California Community College.

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Learn about our 140+ majors, unique college system, admissions requirements, research and internship opportunities, exciting student life, financing your education, and more!

Capped Majors

Majors with Capped Status – For All Students

A capped major is a major that limits enrollment. Students should indicate their desired first choice major on the UC Application. As interest for these programs sometimes exceeds capacity we strongly encourage those who select one of the majors below to also indicate an alternate major choice on the UC Application.

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

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 and Biochemistry
  • Data Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Systems
  • Geosciences
  • Marine Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Rady School of Management (for Business Economics)
  • Urban Studies & Planning

Transfer Major Preparation

College System

UC San Diego is excited to welcome Eighth College as the newest addition to our unique college system. The college’s theme of Engagement and Community is at the heart of some of the world’s most pressing issues. An Eighth college education will focus on interdisciplinary approaches to solving issues within the local community and beyond. Eighth College opens Fall 2023 for first-year students and Fall 2025 for transfers

UC San Diego's College System

Personal Insight Questions


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

First-Year Personal Insight Questions


  • 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

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.

First Year Experience

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.

Co-Curricular Record Portal

Admissions Snapshot


UC San Diego will not consider SAT or ACT test scores as a factor in admissions decisions.

Admit Rate
Admit Ranges (based on Fall 2022 admitted class)
Average Honors/AP/IB/College Courses
Average A-G Course Totals

Testing Update

UC San Diego will not consider SAT or ACT test scores as a factor in admissions decisions.

Admissions Snapshot


The ranges shown reflect the middle 50% of our Fall 2022 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.

Admit Rate
Admit Ranges (based on Fall 2022 admitted class)

UC is committed to ensuring that COVID-19-related academic disruptions don’t threaten any students’ ability to strive for and attain a UC education.