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New & Capped Majors

New Majors

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

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)
  • Data Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering (all majors)
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Public Health

Visit 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

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

Visit First-Year 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.

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.

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.

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.

2018 Admission Snapshots First-Year

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2018 Admission Snapshots Transfer

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