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University of California-San Diego

University of California-San Diego Rating: 3.8/5 (20 votes)

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Introduction

The University of California (UC) is one of the world’s largest centers for higher education with a total enrollment of approximately 220,000 students spanning 10 different campuses, namely: Irvine, Santa Barbara, Berkeley, San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, Davis, Merced, San Francisco, and Riverside.

The University of California-San Diego traces its roots to the year 1960 when the university was established with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography being the nucleus of the campus. The university comprises six undergraduate colleges, namely: Revelle, John Muir, Thurgood Marshall, Earl Warren, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Sixth College. The University of California-San Diego has been recognized as one of the top ten public universities by the U.S. News & World Report 2012. The faculty comprises a rich mix of Nobel Prize, MacArthur Fellowship, Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, and Academy Award winners. The university is located on the cliffs of La Jolla with beautiful beaches and excellent surfing spots.

UC San Diego is a member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is fully accredited by the Senior College Commission of WASC.

Academics

The University of California-San Diego offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs.

h3>Undergraduate Degrees The undergraduate degree programs offered at University of California-San Diego are Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree programs. The Bachelor of Arts degree program is available in different areas of study such as Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Electrical Engineering and Society, History, Linguistics, Language Studies, and Mathematics—Applied Science.The students opting for the Bachelor of Science degree program can specialize in areas such as Bioengineering, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Physiology and Neuroscience, Bioinformatics, and Electrical Engineering.

Graduate and Doctoral Degree Programs

The graduate degree programs offered at University of California-San Diego are: Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Advanced Study (M.A.S.), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), and Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.). The doctoral programs available at University of California-San Diego are Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.), Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.), Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), and Doctor of Medicine (M.D.).

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Admissions

Admissions in the University of California-San Diego are primarily granted on the basis of academic excellence, number of college preparatory courses completed, the level of achievement in these courses, Advanced Placement, and college courses completed. Other factors influencing the chances of admission include the high school grade point average for the specified subjects and the standardized test scores. Another important evaluation criterion is the student’s personal achievement outside the classroom.

The application procedure involves submitting the admission application form, official high school transcripts, and ACT/SAT (Reasoning Test) test scores. Students are required to rank the undergraduate colleges at University of California-San Diego as per their preference. After the applications are screened, candidates are intimated about their status. Students are then required to return a Statement of Intent to Register.

International Applicants

International students are required to submit the international application form, original secondary school transcripts/national exam score report, and certificates/provisional diplomas. They are also required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL/IELTS scores. Students are supposed to provide a certificate of finances to demonstrate availability of funds to finance the education and living expenses for a year.

Financial Aid

University of California-San Diego provides financial aid to students to help them meet their educational expenses. The basic objective of providing financial aid is to bridge the gap between family resources and annual educational expenses of the students enrolled for various programs at University of California-San Diego. Different financial aid programs available for the students are: grants, work-study opportunities, scholarships, and student loans.

Scholarships, Grants, and Loans

The need-based grant options include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Cal Grant A, Cal Grant B, Academic Competitiveness Grant, National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant, and UC Grant. Students can avail various loan options such as Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Student Loan (subsidized or unsubsidized), Federal Direct PLUS loan, Graduate PLUS Loans, and University Loan. Students can also apply for work-study programs wherein they can seek in-campus and off-campus work-study positions. The merit-based and need-based scholarships offered to the students of University of California-San Diego include Regents Scholarships, Ellen and Roger Revelle Scholarship, James Avery Scholarship, Chancellor’s Freshman Scholarship, Sheila Owens-Collins Scholarship, and Rose Foundation Scholarship.

FAFSA

To apply for financial aid from University of California-San Diego, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. To be eligible for financial aid, students must be U.S citizens or eligible non-citizens. University of California-San Diego recommends a priority deadline of March 2 to apply for the financial aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4642nd for the average student loan amount.
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Students

University of California-San Diego encourages the development of a well-rounded personality and therefore provides numerous options to students to get involved in extracurricular activities. The academic advisors assist students in selecting courses, monitoring academic progress, and pinpointing academic deficiencies. The University of California-San Diego offers various Academic Enrichment Programs (AEP) to encourage students to pursue master’s and doctoral degrees and get involved in research. The Career Services Center encourages students to get involved in self-evaluation and provides guidance related to experiential learning, career exploration, and job search activities. The campus has an Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) which provides child care facilities for the children of the students, staff, and faculty of the university.

University of California-San Diego: Housing and Dining

All the new first year students of the University of California-San Diego are offered guaranteed housing space for three years. On-campus housing facility is provided to the students in the heart of each of the six colleges of University of California-San Diego. The housing options include residence halls and apartment-style housing and there are single, double, and triple occupancy rooms.

Dining facilities are available for the students of University of California-San Diego throughout the campus. The restaurants include The Bistro, Café Ventanas, Canyon Vista, Club Med, Fairbanks Coffee, Foodworx, Goody’s Place and Market, and Pines.

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Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

University of California-San Diego athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division II and California Collegiate Athletic Association. There are 23 athletic teams including men’s baseball, basketball, crew, cross country, fencing, soccer, golf, swimming and diving, track and field, tennis, volleyball, and water polo. The women’s teams compete in basketball, crew, cross country, fencing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, track and field, tennis, volleyball, and water polo. The intercollegiate athletic teams are known as the Tritons. The school colors are blue and gold.

Athletic facilities are available for the students at RIMAC Arena, Triton Ballpark, Canyonview Pool, Northview Tennis Courts, and Triton Track and Field Stadium.

Bibliography

  • University of California-San Diego. UC San Diego Facts & Campus Profile. Web. 16 December 2011.
  • University of California-San Diego. Undergraduate Admissions. Web. 16 December 2011.
  • University of California-San Diego. UC San Diego Campus Profile. 2011. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 27th in California and 332nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in California and 477th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 6 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 6 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 4 0.01
Burglary 31 0.11
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 38 0.13
Arrest 23 0.08

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateArts & sciences focus, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District649

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 193rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $11,220 $11,220 $34,098
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,051 $2,051 $2,051
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Tuition $11,220 $11,220 $26,322
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,559 $1,559 $1,559
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $30,470 $30,470 $53,348
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $29,475 $29,475 $52,353
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $24,197 $24,197 $47,075

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Medical Degree — Tuition $31,134 $43,379
Medical Degree — Required Fees $1,559 $1,559
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $30,858 $43,103
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $1,559 $1,559

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $13,200 $13,217 $13,200 $13,217 $36,078(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,456 $1,474
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,684 $11,923
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,166 $3,414
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,669 $9,764
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,259 $4,517
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $8,760 $9,056

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$70
Graduate Application Fee$80
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 60,832 (28,725 male / 32,107 female)
Admitted 22,812 (10,815 male / 11,997 female)
Admission rate 38%
First-time Enrollment 4,575 (2,329 male / 2,246 female)
FT Enrollment 4,570 (2,326 male / 2,244 female)
PT Enrollment 5 (3 male / 2 female)
Total Enrollment29,517

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Division II Independents
NCAA Baseball Conference Division II Independents
NCAA Track & Field Conference Division II Independents

ACT Test Admission

85th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 39%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 31
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 26 / 33
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 25 / 31

SAT Test Admission

91st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 93%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 550 / 660
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 620 / 730
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1170 / 1390

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity13,018
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 631 95 945 3,091 21 2,175 390 7,542
Acting 2 6 8
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 3 2 17 27 24 3 76
American Government and Politics (United States) 2 11 9 12 3 37
Anatomy 6 6 29 195 2 72 17 339
Animal Physiology 1 4 3 8
Anthropology 4 21 16 50 4 97
Applied Mathematics, General 4 4 9 11 1 29
Area Studies, Other 2 1 3
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 5 5 16 1 27
Biochemistry 6 1 15 174 1 52 12 268
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 23 1 16 119 43 3 211
Bioinformatics 1 10 6 1 19
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 6 6 45 259 119 28 479
Biomedical Sciences, General
Biophysics 1 4 5
Business Administration and Management, General 27 9 21 41 10 111
Chemical Engineering 7 1 8 33 1 28 7 87
Chemical Physics
Chemistry, General 7 8 36 1 39 4 100
Chemistry, Other 10 5 9 142 33 17 221
Chinese Studies 1 6 1 8
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 2 2 1 5
Cognitive Science 3 2 21 68 58 9 163
Communication, General 27 5 43 129 103 8 329
Computational Science 1 1
Computer Engineering, General 18 1 25 15 3 63
Computer Engineering, Other 1 1
Computer Hardware Engineering 2 2 4 7 15
Computer Science 47 1 21 129 1 63 21 286
Dance, General 3 1 3 1 8
Directing and Theatrical Production 3 3
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 4 3 1 19 2 31
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other 1 1
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other 1 9 12 17 41
Economics, General 127 1 32 244 2 79 23 517
Education, General 10 21 38 3 78
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 26 9 65 43 6 154
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 1 1 2
Engineering Science 1 2 4 6 2 15
Engineering, Other 6 2 10 19 41 9 91
English Language and Literature, General 1 1 5 8 6 2 24
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other 1 3 9 22 30 10 76
Environmental Studies 1 1 10 37 32 4 88
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 5 1 12 1 9 2 30
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 1 3 22 5 1 2 34
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 7 8 12 3 32
French Language and Literature 1 1
Geochemistry
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 5 18 1 25
Geophysics and Seismology 1 1
German Studies
Health Law 2 1 4 7
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 2 1 1 1 2 9
History, General 3 4 29 16 60 5 123
Human Development and Family Studies, General 3 1 24 58 23 10 123
International Relations and Affairs 49 12 26 55 4 152
International/Global Studies 11 3 35 105 1 73 13 246
Italian Language and Literature 1 1
Italian Studies 1 1 2
Japanese Studies 6 3 10
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Latin American Studies 2 7 9
Linguistics 1 2 8 16 20 4 51
Management Science 39 2 17 158 1 47 17 283
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 1 2 3 6
Materials Engineering 2 2 5 10 19
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 4 1 6
Mathematics and Computer Science 1 2 2 5
Mathematics, General 2 10 12 29 3 58
Mathematics, Other 12 5 33 13 3 66
Mechanical Engineering 28 2 26 72 1 72 11 219
Medical Scientist 5 4 11 9 30
Microbiology, General 1 1 5 17 3 29
Molecular Biology 5 14 9 1 30
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 5 9 11 1 27
Music, General 1 8 8 9 2 28
Neurobiology and Anatomy 2 2 5 61 1 39 7 122
Neuroscience 1 2 1 5
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical 1 10 1 12
Philosophy 12 5 21 1 40
Physical Sciences, Other 2 2
Physics, General 3 1 3 8 32 4 52
Physics, Other 2 3 5 1 11
Playwriting and Screenwriting 1 1
Political Science and Government, General 4 36 72 2 70 10 198
Political Science and Government, Other 7 4 42 55 1 51 13 181
Psychology, General 19 7 96 230 3 140 27 534
Religion/Religious Studies 1 1 1 1 2 6
Russian Studies 1 1
Social Sciences, Other 1 11 7 4 2 25
Sociology 7 5 42 43 52 10 163
Spanish Language and Literature 5 1 1 7
Statistics, General 13 1 14
Statistics, Other 1 4 4 10
Structural Engineering 9 2 34 58 48 8 162
Systems Engineering 21 1 1 23
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 1 5 6
Urban Studies/Affairs 2 1 9 27 25 2 67
Visual and Performing Arts, General 8 3 15 39 41 5 113

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 61st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $120,481 ($128,013 male / $88,901 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,042 (743 male / 299 female)
Number of PT Faculty 2,557
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $115,721,000

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