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Students at UC San Diego

Admissions: Getting Started

You're a
First-Year Applicant

  • If you are active duty using Tuition Assistance, please consult with your Education Services Officer (ESO) on base prior to enrolling at UC San Diego.

  • You graduated from high school but have not enrolled in a regular (non-summer) session at a college or university.

  • You've completed college courses during high school (through summer after graduation).

Good to Know

  • ROTC cadets may qualify for scholarships

  • UC campuses support leave of absence for deployment and training

First-Year Admission Information

You're a
Transfer Applicant

  • If you are active duty using Tuition Assistance, please consult with your Education Services Officer (ESO) on base prior to enrolling at UC San Diego.

  • You enrolled in a regular session (fall, winter or spring) at a college or university after high school. (Taking a class or two during the summer term immediately following high school graduation doesn’t make you a transfer student.)

Good to know

  • Most of our student veterans started out at a California community college

  • Depending on your situation, you may want to consider postponing the use of your Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits

Transfer Admission Information

Financial Aid Benefits

We offer many benefits specifically for military connected students, including financial aid for you and your dependents, priority class registration for veterans, active duty, and eligible reservists (after the first quarter), a welcome week orientation, active student veterans organizations and a student veterans resource center.

Visit Financial Aid

Student Veterans Resource Center

The Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC) provides social and study space, computers and printing, a pool table, refrigerator, microwave, lockers and meditation room.

The center provides military-connected students orientation, special graduation ceremony, peer mentors, workshops, career development activities and community outreach.

Visit SVRC

ROTC Programs

ROTC programs at San Diego State University and the University of San Diego handle UC San Diego's ROTC process.

Visit ROTC Funds


The University of California Office of the President (UCOP) website is dedicated to active duty or veteran military personnel. This website contains information about applying for admission and resources and services available to you once you enroll at UC.

Visit UCOP

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.

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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