National Universities USA – 2016 – University of California-San Diego – Rank 40/100
University of California-San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093
Phone: (858) 534-2230
University of California–San Diego is a public institution that was founded in 1960. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 24,810, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,976 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. University of California–San Diego’s ranking in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 39. Its in-state tuition and fees are $14,042 (2015-16); out-of-state tuition and fees are $38,066 (2015-16).
The University of California—San Diego lies alongside the Pacific Ocean in the La Jolla community of San Diego. The UCSD Tritons compete in more than 20 NCAA Division II sports, mainly in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. The school has hundreds of student organizations, and the university hosts a thriving Greek community. All freshmen are eligible for guaranteed on-campus housing for two years, but they are not required to live on campus. The campus has an aquarium and is home to the Large High Performance Outdoor Shake Table, which tests structures’ ability to withstand simulated earthquakes.
UCSD includes six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions and five graduate and professional schools. Its School of Medicine and Jacobs School of Engineering are highly ranked. One UCSD tradition is the Sun God Festival, which began in the 1980s and includes concerts featuring popular musicians, carnival activities, vendors and student booths. UCSD is also known for its International House, where approximately 350 students from more than 30 countries live and learn together. Notable UCSD alumni include Guy “Bud” Tribble and Bill Atkinson, who helped create the first Apple Macintosh computer, and Mike Judge, an actor, writer, director and producer who created the film “Office Space” and the TV series “King of the Hill.”
Nestled along the Pacific Ocean on 1,200 acres of magnificent coastal woodland, the University of California, San Diego is a powerful magnet for those seeking scholarly pursuits at the frontiers of education and research. In just four decades, this young campus has rapidly risen in status to become one of the top ranked research universities in the nation. UCSD, with its six unique undergraduate colleges, each offering personalized student opportunities and services and distinct educational philosophies, has become one of the most popular campuses in the nation, receiving more than 45,000 freshman applications each year.