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A first-year applicant is currently in high school or has graduated from high school but has not enrolled in a regular (non-summer) session at a college or university. If you've completed college courses during high school (through summer after graduation), you're still considered a first-year applicant.

Admissions Information

We're looking for fearless innovators. Bold risk-takers. Those with a compulsive urge to take things apart, discover what makes them tick and put them back together in surprising new ways. People who are eager to swap ideas, share experiences and explore the world with a fresh perspective. If that sounds like you, start building your future at UC San Diego.

Fall 2023 Student Profile



Admit Rate


  • GPA range reflects the middle 50%.

  • Demonstration of English proficiency is required for international students, please visit our webpage to learn more.

  • UC San Diego is test free and will not consider SAT or ACT test scores for admissions purposes.

International Students

International applicants must meet the same first-year requirements for admission as other applicants in addition to specifica international requirements.

International Students

Planning Ahead

It’s never too early to start planning for college! Start preparing with a year-by-year roadmap to help ensure you are on the right path for university.

Planning Ahead


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.

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