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A freshman 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 freshman 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.

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Application Information


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

Application Requirements


Learn about the important dates that you'll encounter throughout the freshman application process.

Application Timeline


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

Application Review

International Students

International applicants must meet the same freshman requirements for admission as any other freshman applicant in addition to the 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

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Six-College System

General Education Requirements of UC San Diego’s six colleges

Requirements and Majors

Minimum requirements for applying to UC San Diego

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