UC San Diego is excited you and your student are interested in joining the Triton community! Whether your student is applying right out of high school or will seek to join us from a Community College or other 4-year institution, we are happy to share what makes our university stand out from the rest to help your student discover why UC San Diego is the best place for them. Get to know our prestigious academics, student support services and vibrant campus life. Stay up-to-date on important application and financial aid deadlines and connect with our parent resources for support.

Applying and Finances


Help your student understand our admissions requirements to ensure they are on track to be a competitive applicant to UC San Diego.

Application Information


Learn about expected costs and how to finance your students education. Find helpful financial resources including how to apply for financial aid.

Cost and Financial Aid

Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing the ideal university brings up lots of questions. Luckily, we’ve got lots of answers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Important Dates & Deadlines

Is your student ready to apply to UC San Diego? Review the important dates below to make sure your student is prepared to meet application and financial aid deadlines.

August 1 The University of California (UC) application opens for editing
October 1 The FAFSA and CA Dream Act applications open for submission
October 1-November 30 UC application filing period, submit the application during this time
Late January Transfer Academic Update (TAU) deadline
By March 31 First-year application decisions are released
By April 30 Transfer application decisions released
May 8

Future Triton Parents Webinar - AVC Jim Rawlins and Executive Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships Silvia Marquez
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May 15 Deadline for first-year admits to accept UC San Diego's offer of admission
June 1 Deadline for transfer admits to accept UC San Diego's offer of admission

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Paying for College

Tuition Stability Plan

We know how important it is for you and your family to plan for the cost of attendance at UC San Diego. We are excited to share details of the new Tuition Stability Plan, a University of California-wide plan that sets each student’s tuition at the time they first enroll and holds that tuition flat until they graduate (for up to 6 academic years).

Frequently Asked Questions

Financial Aid Estimator

Use the UC San Diego financial aid calculator to find an early estimate of your full-time cost of attendance and financial aid.

Cost of Attendance

Student Support and Success

Our campus offers various programs and resources to help students find undergraduate research opportunities, tutoring services, transition programs including those for students who are the first in their family to attend a four-year university, and more.

Health and Wellness on Campus

Students have access to services that help to support their physical and mental well-being, including our on-campus Student Health Services and opportunities for relaxation and self-care.

Student Health ServicesStudent Health Services

We provide a wide range of services, from urgent care to wellness, including a number of specialties to help you be your best you.

The ZoneThe Zone

The Zone is a lounge for student well-being designed to promote healthy, balanced living to UC San Diego students.

Connect with Campus

The dedicated staff in Parent & Family Programs provide resources, services and programs throughout the year to help parents and families stay connected with campus and their student’s success.

Meet Parent & Family Programs

Campus Safety

UC San Diego is committed to ensuring every member of our community can thrive in a safe campus environment. With a dedicated police department, 60 emergency call boxes, and informative resources like the Triton Alert system, students can stay safe and find support on campus.

Campus Safety

Housing, Dining, Hospitality

Our campus will become a home away from home for your student. Living on campus allows students to make fast friends with their suitemates, share healthy meals (including Halal and Kosher options) with their fellow Tritons in dozens of our delicious dining halls/restaurants and begin making memories that will last a lifetime.

On Campus LivingOn Campus Living

Explore the options for living within the residence halls or apartments at UC San Diego.

Dining Plan OptionsDining Plan Options

Students who live on campus have access to dozens of dining halls and restaurants through our flexible Dining Plan.

Living Learning CommunitiesLiving Learning Communities

Our Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) have been developed to strengthen learning by helping residents to connect academically and socially.

Student Organizations

Your student can find a place among hundreds of registered student organizations, including academic, cultural, and Greek Life orgs.

Current Organizations

Associated Students

This student government organization allows interested students to develop their leadership skills, advocate for their peers, and promote engagement among all Tritons.

Associated Students

Getting Involved

The Center for Student Involvement supports opportunities in community service, Greek Life, student organizations and more.

Center for Student Involvement

Sorority & Fraternity Life

Greek Life organizations provide a rewarding environment to cultivate bonds among students with similar values, serve the community, and develop leadership skills.

Sorority & Fraternity Life

Arts and Culture

From music and dance to theatre and film, there’s always a creative buzz on campus. Students can find new ways to create and exchange with emerging and well-known art makers.


UC San Diego athletes compete at the Division I level. Our campus has 23 intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports teams that currently compete in the Big West Conference, Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, Western Water Polo Association, Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association, and Western Fencing Conference.

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Beyond the Classroom

Our interdisciplinary approach to academics and experiential learning means that our students can take their education beyond the classroom through a variety of programs and opportunities.

Happy, Healthy Tritons

The health and safety of every Triton is the top priority for UC San Diego, which is why we developed our comprehensive Return to Learn plan to ensure our students, staff and faculty are equipped to be on campus in a safe environment during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Our success in returning to in-person learning is unrivaled, and we’re proud to share our Return to Learn plan with you and your student before welcoming you to campus this fall.

Return to Learn

Discover Triton Life

Want an inside look at life as a Triton? Follow along on our social media (@ucsdadmissions) or YouTube channel to hear from current students, faculty and staff and stay up-to-date on important deadlines leading up to your student’s enrollment this fall.

Explore UC San Diego

San Diego Living

Located in the second-largest city in California, UC San Diego is a land of opportunity. Students are connected to downtown San Diego, the San Diego International Airport and nearby cities through our on-campus trolley line and nearby Amtrak train station.

Land of Opportunity