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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.

Student profile

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.

GPA

4.07-4.28

Admit Rate

38%

Updated November 3, 2020:

  • UC San Diego will not consider SAT or ACT test scores as a factor in admissions decisions for Fall 2021.

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

Application Information

Requirements

As a first-year applicant, you must earn a high school diploma (or equivalent) and satisfy these requirements.

Application Requirements

Timeline

Learn about the important dates that you'll encounter throughout the first-year application process.

Application Timeline

Review

Our goal is to identify and admit students who are fully prepared to excel in our challenging academic environment.

Application Review

Triton Talks

Triton Talks

From academics to student life, learn about the various resources, programs, and opportunities you’ll have at your fingertips at UC San Diego.

Triton Talk Recordings

Watch the recordings of previous Triton Talks such as:

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Presenting Yourself on the UC Application
Learn tips for filling out the UC Application, including a brief walkthrough of the application and a chance for Q&A with UC San Diego Admission Officers!

Live Virtual Tour

Virtually transport yourself to UC San Diego! Join current students as they guide you, in real time, across the UC San Diego campus.

Live Virtual Tours are an hour long and are offered at various times. Please see the calendar to find available dates and times.

Schedule a Live Virtual Tour

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.

Explore Digital Viewbook

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

A non-interactive version is available as well.

Interactive Content

Look for these items for additional content:

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Planning Ahead

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

Planning Ahead

International Students

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

International Students