See what students say:


UC San Diego is widely regarded by students as “one of the top science universities in the United States.” As a result, the school attracts bright students—and not just in the sciences—who desire/look for (or similar) “access to cutting edge technology and theories” and “great opportunities for undergraduates to do research.” Professors “are incredibly knowledgeable about their material, and many of them are actively doing research in their field.” Research opportunities are widely available to undergraduates across disciplines. The university is home to eight colleges, a system that students say is “a great way to not feel like a small fish in a huge ocean.” Whereas it might seem like some science professors “are more interested in research than teaching,” students say, “Humanities professors tend to be more accessible and more interested in their students as well as what they are teaching.” Overall, however, “professors are very helpful and willing to take extra time to help students understand material.” Given the fact that this is a large public university, students say, “Professors are extremely willing to help and mentor students if you seek them out.” Another major benefit to attending a large university is that “there are a lot of resources, and there is always a faculty member or organization that will help you achieve what you want.” Students say, “This university will undoubtedly set the new standard of what it means to be an elite public university in the years to come.”

Student Body

The typical student at UC San Diego “is a little nerdy and studies a lot.” “Doing well academically at UC San Diego is an extreme priority, even to students who are not good students. Most of the students are geared toward extended education or professional school.” However, “there are plenty of students who balance academics with other things, like sports or clubs.” The student body “has such a diverse range of personalities” that almost anyone “can fit in here because it’s such a big school, and there are so many different organizations and places where you can find people that enjoy the same things as you.” Students say that the population of students in the humanities has been growing “rapidly” in recent years, but some still see room for improvement among the diversity of the student body. There are those who would love “to see more students become socially conscious” to enhance the overall student body experience on campus.

Campus Life

Students love to take advantage of UC San Diego’s “unbeatable location,” 10 minutes from the beach and a quick ride away from downtown San Diego. It is easy to enjoy “all the nature around the campus by hiking, biking, [and] camping,” or taking surf lessons, which “are offered on campus for a modest fee.” It is also “super easy to get to San Diego proper for a fun night out.” There is a perception that social life is somewhat lacking on the campus itself, which may be the result of UC San Diego being such a large, academically intensive school. While some students have trouble fitting a social life into their busy study schedules, others say that, in fact, there are “tons of resources and ways to get involved” on campus; students “just have to actively seek them.” Plenty of people “play sports or participate in clubs.” “Lots of people enjoy...small parties but the party scene isn’t too big here.” In the spring, the Sun God Festival is “always a popular event” that brings the entire campus together. There “is not really a huge emphasis on the athletics department,” but that may be changing given that UC San Diego recently became a member of the Big West Conference in NCAA Division I. However, students who make the most of their experience here maintain, “There is always an event going on and so many clubs to be involved in. From the Greek life, to the intramural sports, to the variety of clubs, there is literally a place for everyone.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Student Services Center, Triton Center
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0021

(858) 534-4831


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Geisel Library
Stuart Art (sculpture) Gallery
Sun God Statue
Ocean Cliffs-Torrey Pines State Reserve
Stephen Birch Aquarium and Museum
Price Center and Price Center East. The Loft UCSD. The La Jolla Playhouse.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park
Gaslamp Quarter
USS Midway Museum
San Diego Safari Park SeaWorld Torrey Pines State Reserve Coronado Beach Sunset Cliffs La Jolla Shores La Jolla Cove Cabrillo National Monument Maritime Museum of San Diego LegoLand Old Town

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
(858) 534-4831

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Sat 2 pm
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office



Types of Transportation Available to Campus
San Diego International Airport is 15 miles from campus. Taxis, shuttles, and public buses are available for the ride to campus from the airport. Amtrak trains and Greyhound/Trailways buses serve downtown San Diego. The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System provides bus service in the area and the San Diego Trolley runs on 2 lines from the Amtrak depot.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-5, exit to Gilman Dr. W. Follow it to the information kiosk, where you may get a parking permit, campus map, and directions. Parking is free on weekends.

Local Accommodations
The closest hotel to the university is the Residence Inn by Marriott (8901 Gilman Dr.; 858-587-1170). Another within walking distance is the Radisson Hotel of La Jolla (3299 Holiday Ct.; 858-453-5500).


Applicants: 126,283
Acceptance Rate: 24%
Average HS GPA: 4.16



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