Undergraduate Application

Undergraduate Application

Are you a superior student looking for a premier education in an amazing location? UC San Diego is one of the world’s best research universities. Top-ranked faculty and students choose to make an impact at this dynamic campus.

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Why UC San Diego?

Six undergraduate colleges, modeled after Oxford and Cambridge, offer friendly neighborhoods within the larger university. Make friends, learn, enjoy, network, grow, make an impact.

Explore the reasons top students choose UC San Diego:

  • internationally respected academics
  • interdisciplinary approach to learning
  • involvement in campus communities
  • ideal location

Details about freshmantransfer, and international admissions.

How to Apply

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Finances & Financial Aid

Investing in your future takes a lot of planning. We can assist you in managing your education costs by helping you find financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, work-study programs, loans, and jobs.

UC San Diego faculty, staff, students, and families are joining administrators in proactively addressing current economic issues. We are optimistic about the opportunities ahead, and UC San Diego continues to be a great value:

  • 14th best value among public universities in California.1
  • 10th nationally in salary earning potential among public university graduates.2

1 Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
2 Payscale.com
3 US News & World Report, 2015
4 Washington Monthly’s College Guide, 2015
5 Shanghai Jiao Tong University / 2014 Rankings of World Universities
6 Centre for Science and Technology Studies of Leiden University, 2014
7 National Science Foundation, 2015
8 National Collegiate Scouting Association’s Power Rankings, 2014