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Peel back the surf, the sand, and the beautiful campus we call home, and you’ll see a whole other world.

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We merge disciplines and surpass expectations, knowing that creative thinking across boundaries results in unimagined discoveries.

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Find your academic niche. Discover the diverse array of undergraduate degrees and programs available.

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Top ranked public university for social mobility

Washington Monthly

No. 1 for women graduates in science, technology, engineering and math

4th in the nation for economic diversity

New York Times

Top 10 public university in the nation for more than a decade

U.S. News and World Report

15th best university in the world

Center for World-Class Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong

14th in the world for research impact


14th best among research-intensive medical school programs

U.S. News and World Report

2nd best university in the nation for students seeking a quality education at an affordable price

Money Magazine

16th best research university in the world for scientific impact

Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University

UC San Diego scientists and physicians ranked among the world’s most influential scientific minds

Thomson Reuters

16th best university in the world for research and global reputation

U.S. News and World Report

Research and Innovation

Our curiosity never wavers. Nor does our desire to shape new fields and transform lives.

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Attend UC San Diego

A world-class education taught by award-winning faculty with an ocean backdrop. We are here to launch you on your journey to success.

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UC San Diego freshmen and transfer students come from all over California and throughout the world—ready for challenge and discovery

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Graduate and Professional

Work alongside world-class experts—and become one. Join our thriving community of graduate and professional scholars.

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Medical and Pharmacy

Invent the future of care through the education and research opportunities offered through UC San Diego’s School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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Skaggs School of Pharmacy


Whether you’re a freshman, transfer or graduate student, the UC system has one of the most generous and progressive financial aid programs in the nation.

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Our thriving student life

Music festivals and Greek life, beach parties and experimental performances—there are plenty of ways to unwind.

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72° and sunny almost all year round.
You’ll want to come visit.

Come for the tour, stay for the beach!

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Interested in learning about the art, history and architecture of our campus? Visit our guided Public Tours page for details.

Continue the nontradition.

This is our nontradition: A continued, collective effort to transform the student experience, our campus and, ultimately, humanity itself.  And it’s why we have embarked on an ambitious $2 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign.

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UC San Diego in the news

U.S. News & World Report: UC San Diego Graduate and Professional Schools are Nation’s Best

March 15, 2019

U.S. News & World Report: UC San Diego Graduate and Professional Schools are Nation’s Best

Diversity: Not Just Checking a Box

March 15, 2019

Diversity: Not Just Checking a Box

Uncovering ‘Icons of Dissent’

March 15, 2019

Uncovering ‘Icons of Dissent’