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Triton Talks: Counselor's Corner

Join the Office of Admissions Staff for a Counselor specific Triton Talk series! Learn about updates to the UC Application, and other important tips for the 2021 application cycle, and get your questions answered by knowledgeable Admissions staff! Register using the links below.

A Deep Dive

Friday, October 16

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Why UC San Diego?
Q&A with Staff & Students

Friday, November 13

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Digital Viewbook

Interested in learning more about life at UC San Diego? Get a glimpse into our top-notch academics, cutting-edge research, exciting student life and more in our viewbook. This digital version features videos, pop-out interviews and other interactive content.

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Please note: this digital viewbook is optimized for viewing on a laptop or desktop.

A non-interactive version is available as well.

Interactive Content

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New & Capped Majors

New Majors

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.

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

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

College System

UC San Diego is excited to welcome Seventh College as the newest addition to our unique College System. The college's philosophy focuses 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. Incoming first-year students begin this fall (2020). Transfer students will begin enrolling Fall 2022.

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

UC San Diego's College System

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


Note: Ongoing litigation related to the University’s admissions processes may affect the content of these materials. However, no matter what happens in the litigation, nobody will be required to submit an SAT or ACT score for Fall 2021, and applications will not be viewed negatively based on the lack of a score.

UC San Diego currently plans to be test-optional for Fall 2021 admissions. Under UC San Diego’s test-optional admissions policy, nobody will be required to submit an SAT or ACT score for admission consideration, and applications will not be viewed negatively based on the lack of a score. Testing has always been only one of many factors considered in our review process. Moreover, UC San Diego recognizes that demand for SAT/ACT administrations this fall may be challenging due to COVID-related cancellations in recent months. We also understand that there are real safety concerns about gathering to take a standardized test. We want to reiterate that submission of a test score is NOT required. Your safety is more important to us than a test score. Optional means optional. We look forward to reading your application!

We are test-blind for Fall 2023 and 2024 applicants. For historical context, the ranges shown reflect the middle 50% of our Fall 2020 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.

Admit Rate
Admit Ranges (based on Fall 2020 admitted class)
SAT Composite
SAT Mathematics
SAT Evidence-Based Reading/Writing
Average Honors/AP/IB/College Courses
Average A-G Course Totals

Admissions Snapshot


The ranges shown reflect the middle 50% of our Fall 2020 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 2020 admitted class)

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