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Academic Success

Success is a Team Effort

Each student’s academic journey is different. As you create your unique path, we are here to help you take full advantage of your academic ability, discover opportunities to excel and gain transferable skills, and achieve. Let’s start now. Undergraduate student success at UC San Diego is defined as maintaining or exceeding good academic standing; making steady progress toward degree completion; actively engaging in research, co-curricular opportunities and the campus and local community; and utilizing resources to intentionally develop the competencies to lead in a global society.

Academic Support

Get support for challenging courses, subjects, and projects. Whether in a group setting or through one-on-one assistance, these resources will help you develop effective learning and problem-solving strategies.

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Advising and Coaching

Find direction with course selection and degree planning, as well as career pathways. Our advising and coaching resources provide guidance from admission through graduation.

Academic Advising

Our undergraduates have a unique academic advising system to guide them through their academic career. Students work with both College Academic Advisors and Department/Major Academic Advisors.


Academic Plans

A little advanced planning will go a long way on your path to graduation. Use this web tool to plan which courses to take each quarter, based on your major and college, to graduate on time—or even early.

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Success Coaching

Work with a success coach to focus on your unique strengths and passions and find the right mix of resources—such as research, mentorship and supplemental instruction—to support your goals.

Student Success Coaching Program

Career Advising

Get the information you need to link your academic and professional goals. The Career Services Center can help you plan your job search, identify your unique strengths as an applicant, learn networking skills and more.

Career Advising

Summer Success

Who says you can’t do linear algebra in between matches of beach volleyball? UC San Diego provides many avenues to spend your summers accelerating your path to graduation while developing academically, personally and professionally.

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UC San Diego prepares students to become global and innovative problem solvers and social change agents. Through experiential learning, you’ll link classroom instruction with real world practice.


Academic internships foster career, personal and academic development. Engage with interdisciplinary, cross-functional teams and professionals to build connections, apply what you learn in the classroom and hone competencies for post-graduate success.



Discover how your discipline creates evidence that contributes to what we know about the world. Through hands-on research, participate in a real knowledge-making process as a member of a diverse team.

Research opportunities


Bring classroom learning to real-world challenges by working with partner organizations to understand and address authentic community needs. Engage in meaningful projects as you develop the skills to make a difference, now and in the future.



Broaden your educational experience, develop new skills and deepen your academic and personal growth. Academic Enrichment Programs provides resources to support students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in any field.


Global Opportunities

Take your academic journey overseas and explore new cultures, ideas and ways of learning. UC San Diego offers a variety of study abroad and research opportunities around the globe.

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Recognized as one of the top 15 research universities worldwide, UC San Diego is dedicated to ensuring our students have the opportunity to become global changemakers.



Our students and faculty provide fresh thinking to tackle society’s most pressing issues, from climate change to human rights. Discover our thriving community of social innovators.


Engaged Learning Tools

It takes more than book knowledge to succeed as a professional and global citizen. Apply your knowledge in real world situations to develop career readiness competencies using UC San Diego’s Engaged Learning Tools.

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Your Wellbeing Matters

Success is more than acing an exam. It’s about cultivating your passions, building community and maintaining a balance between school and life.

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