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IPEDS ID: 110680
OPE ID: 00131700
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University of California-San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, California 92093
General information:  (858) 534-2230
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  29,517 (23,805 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  19 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Research Universities (very high research activity)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty3,410763
Research and public service1,394222
Total graduate assistants-3,225
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,573$1,456$1,474$1,4891.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$11,534$11,684$11,923$11,9780.5%
Off Campus
Room and board$10,284$9,669$9,764$9,8681.1%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$27,959$29,506$30,028$30,4701.5%
Off Campus$27,916$28,584$28,972$29,4751.7%
Off Campus with Family$21,976$23,416$23,747$24,1971.9%
On Campus$50,838$52,384$52,906$53,3480.8%
Off Campus$50,795$51,462$51,850$52,3531.0%
Off Campus with Family$44,855$46,294$46,625$47,0751.0%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
In-state tuition$11,220
In-state fees$1,559
Out-of-state tuition$26,322
Out-of-state fees$1,559
Alternative Tuition Plans
  • No alternative tuition plans are offered by this institution.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid12,82262%————
Grant or scholarship aid2,45054%$38,353,201$15,654
Federal grants1,38130%$6,351,382$4,599
Pell grants1,36730%$6,142,403$4,493
Other federal grants271%$208,979$7,740
State/local government grant or scholarships1,39130%$16,780,684$12,064
Institutional grants or scholarships2,32951%$15,221,135$6,535
Student loan aid1,87341%$10,508,624$5,611
Federal student loans1,84440%$8,858,604$4,804
Other student loans4029%$1,650,020$4,105
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid114,87666%$237,851,983$15,989
Pell grants9,69143%$43,613,689$4,500
Federal student loans10,72747%$61,884,377$5,769
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$12,621$13,408$14,329
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$8,715$9,040$8,861
$30,001 – $48,000$9,987$10,488$10,054
$48,001 – $75,000$14,086$14,077$13,383
$75,001 – $110,000$21,122$20,116$20,777
$110,001 and more$25,604$26,764$26,913
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
  • Under UC's Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan, undergraduates with parent incomes up to $80,000 who meet other eligibility requirements receive grants or scholarships to cover in-state tuition and systemwide fees. Many students receive grants to help cover costs in addition to tuition and fees, and many students with parent incomes above $80,000 also qualify for financial aid. For more information about financial aid at UC, see
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment29,517
Undergraduate enrollment23,805
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment2,699
Graduate enrollment5,712
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 97%
Part-time: 3%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 52%
Female: 48%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 40%
Black or African American: 1%
Hispanic/Latino: 16%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 24%
Two or more races: 5%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 12%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 94%
25 and over: 6%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 77%
Out-of-state: 8%
Foreign countries: 15%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 95%
Part-time: 5%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $70
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2012
Number of applicants60,83228,72532,107
Percent admitted38%38%37%
Percent admitted who enrolled20%22%19%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2012 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading550660
SAT Math620730
SAT Writing580690
ACT Composite2531
ACT English2431
ACT Math2633
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 94%
Part-time students: 100%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 66 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 86%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2005]
4-year: 56%
6-year: 85%
8-year: 87%
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 56%
6-year: 86%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2005 or Fall 2007
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 83%
Female: 88%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 89%
Asian: 89%
Black or African American: 75%
Hispanic/Latino: 74%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 86%
White: 85%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 91%
Non-resident alien: 82%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Area Studies, Other3--
Chinese Studies8--
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other2773
German Studies0--
Italian Studies2--
Japanese Studies10--
Latin American Studies45-
Russian Studies1--
Category total55123
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Animal Physiology8--
Biology/Biological Sciences, General37810133
Biomedical Sciences, General-031
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other41--
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography156
Microbiology, General29--
Molecular Biology30--
Neurobiology and Anatomy122--
Pathology/Experimental Pathology--2
Category total1,23911296
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General-111-
Management Science283--
Category total283111-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, General32637
Category total32637
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science2127425
Category total2127425
Education, General-7814
Mathematics Teacher Education6--
Category total67814
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering6793
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering1654625
Chemical Engineering76110
Computer Engineering, General36278
Computer Engineering, Other-1-
Computer Hardware Engineering-15-
Electrical and Electronics Engineering1114325
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics025
Engineering Science15-3
Engineering, Other15762
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering30--
Materials Engineering-1910
Mechanical Engineering1794014
Structural Engineering1313110
Systems Engineering-236
Category total825343111
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General24--
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other67917
Category total91917
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Human Development and Family Studies, General123--
Category total123--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General5--
French Language and Literature1--
Italian Language and Literature1--
Spanish Language and Literature7--
Category total6322
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-9-
International Public Health/International Health--7
Medical Scientist-30-
Public Health, Other--4
Category total-39206
History, General117610
Category total117610
Legal Professions and Studies
Health Law-7-
Category total-7-
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General227-
Computational Mathematics--4
Mathematics, General421617
Mathematics, Other66-5
Statistics, General-14-
Statistics, Other10--
Category total1403726
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Cognitive Science16033
Computational Science-1-
International/Global Studies246--
Mathematics and Computer Science5--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other27--
Category total43843
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies88--
Category total88--
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies0--
Religion/Religious Studies6--
Category total4421
Physical Sciences
Chemical Physics0--
Chemistry, General396126
Chemistry, Other221-0
Geology/Earth Science, General1698
Geophysics and Seismology1--
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical-1213
Physical Sciences, Other2-5
Physics, General282417
Physics, Other11-2
Category total31810671
Clinical Psychology--11
Psychology, General525911
Psychology, Other--3
Category total525925
Social Sciences
American Government and Politics (United States)37--
Economics, General509818
International Relations and Affairs-152-
Political Science and Government, General189913
Political Science and Government, Other181--
Social Sciences, Other25--
Urban Studies/Affairs67--
Category total1,24519243
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation2436
Dance, General8--
Directing and Theatrical Production-3-
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General31-3
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other-1-
Fine/Studio Arts, General32--
Music Performance, General--3
Music, General22611
Music, Other--1
Playwriting and Screenwriting-1-
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology-6-
Visual and Performing Arts, General8924-
Category total2065224
Grand total6,3441,198684
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II (without football) MenWomen
All Track Combined6874
Swimming and Diving3530
Water Polo2520
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission5/31/1964 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship2/26/2010 -  Accredited
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs1/14/2001 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs5/23/1986 - 8/1/2011Resigned
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Clinical doctoral program in Audiology7/1/2006 -  Accredited
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
English Language12/5/2010 -  Accredited
Liaison Committee on Medical Education
Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree7/1/1968 -  Accredited
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession110
Drug law violations132223
Liquor law violations5710836
  • For 2011, line b was changed from 21 to 22 because a report was mistakenly counted as a liquor law violation. For 2011, line c was changed from 106 to 108 because one report should have been classified as a drug law violation, and three reports were mistakenly omitted. For 2010, line c was changed from 57 to 56 because a case that occurred in non-Clery geography was mistakenly counted.
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession100
Drug law violations415
Liquor law violations3325
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter100
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible9611
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault2610
Motor vehicle theft221817
  • For 2010, line h was changed from 22 to 21 because one case was moved to Non-Campus Property.
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible669
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault125
Motor vehicle theft000
  • For 2010, line f was changed from 1 to 0 because one case was moved to On Campus Non-Residential.
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201120102009
Default rate2.9%3.8%3.0%
Number in default143170131
Number in repayment4,8004,3844,328
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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