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.
Top Ranking University
- 150+ undergraduate majors in a wide array of fields
- 26:1 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 #3 best public college value in the nation.- Money Magazine
Public College#4 In the West
Over One Billion$1 Annual Research Funding
Academic Programs29 Ranked Top 10
#3 Best Public College
#6 Best Public University in the World
U.S. News and World Report, 2022
#5 best drama school in the world
The Hollywood Reporter, 2022
#3 Best Public College Value
Money Magazine, 2021
"UC San Diego scientists and physicians ranked among the world’s most influential scientific minds"
#4 public college in the west.
Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education, 2021
Ranked 15th in the nation among best colleges for veterans.
U.S. News and World Report, 2021
UC San Diego alumni make an average mid-career salary of $128,900.
UC San Diego received the 2021 American Council of Education/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation for our campus response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ranked 5th in the nation for best career placement among public colleges.
Princeton Review, 2021
Ranked 11th among top best public schools for financial aid.
Princeton review, 2021
Why the World Loves
UC SAN DIEGO
Hear from students who found their perfect academic match.
“UC San Diego has one of the best environments for women in STEM. Some of my best professors and mentors on campus have been incredible women.”
Liliana | Microbiology & Sociology: Medicine & Science major
“The art scene in San Diego is really diverse with a lot of local galleries exhibiting young artists' works. You can also experience the art scene across the border.”
Zimri | Visual Arts major
“Professor Gentry Patrick has been an inspiration for me not only because we are both Black identifying, but because of his work with marginalized communities.”
Rachel | Biochemistry and Cell Biology major, Psychology minor
“I really enjoy the atmosphere and the College System, where you have an instant sense of community within the university.”
Christian | Education Sciences major, Mathematics minor
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.
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