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

  • 140+ 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
  • Joining NCAA Division I Big West Conference in Fall 2020
  • 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 Programs

    29 Ranked Top 10

See why
we’re special

#2 Best College in the U.S. offering a superior education at an affordable price

Money Magazine

#14 Top College in the West


UC San Diego ranks among the top 10 institutions worldwide in biomedical research

Nature Index, 2019

#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

College Choice

#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"

Thomson Reuters

No.1 public university in the nation for its contributions to social mobility, research and public service.

Washington Monthly

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

Hear from students who found their perfect academic match.

Maria | Human Development major Testimonial
“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

Noble | International Studies and Political Sciences 5-year master's program Testimonial
“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

Crystal | Biochemistry/Cell Biology major Testimonial
“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

Eddie | Bioengineering major Testimonial
“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

Show us
your #TritonPride

Even when we can't be together on campus, we are connected by #TritonPride. Here's how our community is showing off their Triton spirit from home.


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.

Things to Do


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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School Group Tours

Explore UC San Diego as a group. Tours are led by UC San Diego students via Zoom and include a Q&A student panel.

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Self-Guided Tour

Explore central campus through our self-guided tour map.

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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.

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