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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.


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

Application Requirements


Learn the important dates and deadlines in the first-year application process.

Application Timeline


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

Application Review

Fall 2022 Student Profile



Admit Rate


  • GPA range reflects the middle 50%.

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

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

International Students

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

International Students

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

Triton Talks

Triton Talks

Triton Talk webinars aim to give students planning to apply to UC San Diego the opportunity to virtually engage and learn more about what makes our university stand out.


View recordings of previous Triton Talks such as:

Financing Your Education

Financing Your Education
Learn about options and resources available to help pay for college.


Get to know UC San Diego by attending upcoming events. Check out what we have coming up and access recordings of past events.

Explore Events

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

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