The perfect environment
to make a big impact
Salt air and sunshine. Renowned faculty. The finest labs and resources. As one of the world's leading public research universities, UC San Diego attracts bold thinkers and creative achievers — the disassemblers of the everyday who come here to "Break Things Better."Departments & Majors
Campus Statistics & Rankings
Set yourself up for success by embarking on a college adventure where you aren't just encouraged to study from a textbook, but to journey into the world and achieve exceptional things.
- 130+ undergraduate majors in a wide array of fields
- 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- Faculty honors include:
- Nobel Prize
- Pulitzer Prize
- National Medal of Science
- Academy Award
- Tony Award
- National Humanities Medal
- 600+ student organizations
- 1 in 3 undergraduates study abroad
- 30 NCAA Division II titles
- Ranked #2 in the nation for superior education at an affordable price. - Money Magazine
Public University#1 Research, Social Mobility & Service
Over One Billion$1 Annual Research Funding
Academic Programs29 Ranked Top 10
#2 Best College in the U.S. offering a superior education at an affordable price
#14 Top College in the West
#1 College in California
Money Magazine, 2018
Top 5 Best Undergraduate Theatre Major
The Hollywood Reporter
Ranked 5th best public university in the U.S. and the 17th-best university in the world
U.S. News and World Report 2018
UC San Diego was named 4th in the nation for providing access to low-income students
New York Times
9th best public university in the nation for LGBTQ+ students
#1 for Women in STEM
Top 10 best value colleges in the nation for alumni earnings, net price, net debt, school quality, timely graduation, and high number of Pell Grant recipients
#6 in the nation for earning potential of graduates
New York Times
#1 Top “Golden Age” University
Timers Higher Education
"UC San Diego scientists and physicians ranked among the world’s most influential scientific minds"
No.1 public university in the nation for its contributions to social mobility, research and public service.
Ranked 14th in the nation as the most generous university rewarding our high achieving students with over $280 million in grants.
The Chronicle of Higher Education 2019
Why the World Loves
UC SAN DIEGO
Hear from students who found their perfect academic match.
“My major is very interdisciplinary and I love having the chance to study many different perspectives and work with people from so many different fields of study.”
Maria | Human Development major
“The five-year master's really attracted me to the International Studies program. I thought it would be the best way to use all of my skills and my passion.”
Noble | International Studies and Political Sciences 5-year master's program
“I’ve had the chance to do so much here! I studied abroad in Italy and I’ve volunteered with patients in Nicaragua and Belize through Alternative Breaks and Global Medical Brigade.”
Crystal | Biochemistry/Cell Biology major
“UC San Diego does more research than most universities. The most important things to me were the quality of research being done here and my ability to impact the campus.”
Eddie | Bioengineering major
Campus life is not just about going to class or studying for exams. It’s about exploring, experimenting, taking risks and trying new things. And it might just involve the occasional watermelon smashing.
UC SAN DIEGO COLLEGES
Experience the support of close-knit learning and living communities nestled within a bustling world-class institution. Each College has as much personality as its students.