University of California at San Diego

School Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

La Jolla, CA

$14,648

Avg in-state tuition

$44,402

Avg out-of-state tuition

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About University of California at San Diego

School Type: Public

Status: Non-profit

Accreditation: Regional

Religious Affiliation: N/A While the student experience is largely unaffected at most schools with religious affiliations, some schools place more of an emphasis on religion. Learn how religious affiliations may impact students' experience.

Military Friendly: YesMilitary-friendly schools are Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, offer the Yellow Ribbon Program, and have a dedicated point of contact to support veterans, military service members, and their families. Explore our college guide for service members and veterans to learn more.

With its primary campus in the city of La Jolla, the University of California, San Diego enrolls about 38,000 students. The public university's acceptance rate is 31%, and its graduation rate is 87%. UC San Diego offers more than 100 undergraduate programs and over 65 graduate programs. The prestigious research university hosts one of the nation's leading research libraries. Students can enjoy access to almost 600 student organizations.

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Admissions Breakdown

Acceptance Rate Insight

This school has a competitive acceptance rate.

This school is a little more selective about its students. Competitive acceptance schools welcome 15-50% of all applicants.

37% of students were accepted during the 2020-2021 school year. Sometimes schools with midrange acceptance rates have higher standards of entry but are still accessible to many students who apply.

Retention Rate Insight

Students remain enrolled in this school at a higher rate than other schools.

This typically means students are happy with their school selection and wish to continue their education there.

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94% of full-time students stayed to continue their studies the following academic year. These students started in Fall 2019 and returned in Fall 2020.

Graduation Rate Insight

Students graduate from this school at a higher rate than other schools.

This is typically an indication of a school's quality and means most students finish their degree in a timely manner.

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87% of students graduated out of all full-time, first-time students who began their studies in Fall 2014. Keep in mind many students who enroll are not typically first-time students, as most are adult learners. Therefore, the number of first-time students is traditionally low.

Test scores Required

High school rank Not required or recommended

High school GPA Required

Completion of college prep program Required

High school transcript Required

Letter of recommendation Not required or recommended

Open admission No

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) Required

SAT & ACT

Students who attend this school typically have higher standardized test scores than students at other schools.

While test scores can be an important aspect of college applications, schools determine admission based on several factors, and these test scores are only a suggested range.

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ACT 25th-75th Percentile 28-34

SAT 25th-75th Percentile 1270-1480

Learning Environment

Student Body Stats

This school has a student body of more than 15,000 students.

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40k

Students enrolled

93%

Online student enrollment

19:1

Student to faculty ratio

Ways Students Can Learn

On-campus Check Bold
International Online classes are available for students around the world. Check Bold

Demographics

Asian

30%

White

21%

Non-U.S. Citizen

21%

Hispanic

19%

Two or more races

5%

Unknown

2%

Black

2%

American Indian/Alaska Native

0%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0%

Female student population

49%

Socio-economic diversity

32% of students received an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

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Financial Breakdown

Students Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid

43%

State Grant Aid

39%

Institution Grant Aid

45%

Pell Grant

32%

Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid $4,582
State Grant Aid $11,210
Institution Grant Aid $8,114
Pell Grant Aid $4,978

Financial Outlook

$17k

Average student debt after graduation

$48k

Average salary 6 years after starting school

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Data collected from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), [2020-2021]. In the absence of IPED data, information was collected directly from the school and is accurate as of the date of collection. Contact the school directly for the most current and complete information.