University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

La Jolla, CA

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University of California, San Diego

University of California, San Diego

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Agriculture and Natural Resources

Major Bachelors Masters
Environmental Studies

Arts & Humanities

Major Bachelors Masters
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Christian Studies
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Directing and Theatrical Production
Divinity, Ministry, Seminary (BD, MDiv)
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts
English Language and Literature
Film, Cinema, Video, Movie Studies
Fine/Studio Arts
French Language and Literature
General Music
General Studies
Interior Design
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Other Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft
Other English Language and Literature/Letters
Playwriting and Screenwriting
Product and Industrial Design
Religion/Religious Studies
Spanish Language and Literature
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Theology/Theological Studies
Visual and Performing Arts


Major Bachelors Masters
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science
Business Administration and Management
Business/Corporate Communications
Construction Management
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Fashion/Apparel Design
Hospitality Management and Administration
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems
Management Science
Other Accounting and Related Services
Other Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
Other Marketing
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management
Restaurant & Food Services
Tourism, Travel, and Hotel Services Management

Communication & Media

Major Bachelors Masters
Animation, Interactive Media, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Commercial & Advertising Art
Communications Technology/Technician
Design & Visual Communications
Film/Video & Cinematography
Graphic Design
Other Computer Software and Media Applications
Recording Arts Technology
Web Page, Digital Multimedia, Information Resources, and Graphic Design

Cosmetology & Beauty

Major Bachelors Masters
Esthetician & Skin Care
Hair Styling & Hair Design
Make-Up Artist/Specialist
Manicurist/Nail Specialist

Culinary Arts & Food Service

Major Bachelors Masters
Baking and Pastry Arts
Culinary Arts


Major Bachelors Masters
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education
Educational Leadership and Administration
Mathematics Teacher Education
Other Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods
Secondary Education


Major Bachelors Masters
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Physics
Engineering Science
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Other Computer Engineering
Other Electrical Technician
Other Engineering
Structural Engineering
Systems Engineering

Family and Consumer Science Professions

Major Bachelors Masters
Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management
Human Development and Family Studies

Fitness, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Other Health and Physical Education/Fitness

Health & Medical Services

Major Bachelors Masters
Clinical/Medical Lab. Technician
Dental Assisting/Assistant
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) and Licensed Vocational Nurse Training (LVN)
Massage Therapy, Therapeutic Massage
Medical Insurance/Biller
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist
Medical Scientist (MS, PhD)
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Nursing Administration
Nursing Assistant / Aide and Patient Care Assistant / Aide
Occupational Therapist Assistant
Other Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems (Holistic Medicine)
Other Nursing
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Registered Nurse and Registered Nursing (RN)
Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant
Surgical Technologist
Ultrasound Technician

Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Cognitive Science
Computational Science
International/Global Studies
Mathematics and Computer Science
Other Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions

Major Bachelors Masters
Court Reporting
Health Law (LLM, MJ, JSD, SJD)
Legal Administrative Assistant
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Legal Studies

Life Science

Major Bachelors Masters
Animal Physiology
Biology/Biological Sciences
Biomedical Sciences
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Molecular Biology
Neurobiology and Anatomy
Other Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Bachelors Masters
Applied Mathematics
Other Mathematics
Other Statistics

Natural Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Chemical Physics
Geology/Earth Science
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
Other Chemistry
Other Physical Sciences
Other Physics

Security and Protective Service Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement
Firefighter, Fireman and Firefighting Science
Forensic Science and Technology
Homeland Security (DHS, National Security Policy, Disaster Planning and Intelligence)
Human Services
Other Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, Paramilitary, and Related Protective Services

Skilled Trades

Major Bachelors Masters
Aircraft Maintenance
Autobody Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Building Property Management and Maintenance
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician (HAC, HACR, HVAC, HVACR)
Plumbing Technology/Plumber
Welding Technology/Welder

Social Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
American Government and Politics (United States)
Chinese Studies
Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Forensic Psychology
German Studies
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Studies
Japanese Studies
Latin American Studies
Other Area Studies
Other Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender and Group Studies
Other Political Science and Government
Other Social Sciences
Political Science and Government
Russian Studies
Sport Psychology
Urban Studies/Affairs

Social Work

Major Bachelors Masters
Public Administration

Technician Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
Computer Systems Technology
Other Engineering Technologies/Technicians


Major Bachelors Masters
Computer Repair and Installation Technology, Technician
Computer Science
Computer and Information Systems Security, Information Assurance (CIS, Internet Security)
Network and System Administration / Administrator
Other Computer Programming
Other Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager
Telecommunications Technology
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

Transportation Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology
Truck and Bus Driver, Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor (Trucking)

Veterinary Medicine

Major Bachelors Masters
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant

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UCSD Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 5 of 5 Stars 9 Reviews

100% of students gave University of California, San Diego 5 stars in Academics.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Academics Rating

Classes are fair. Sometimes it is difficult to get the classes you want, but these classes are usually the G.E.'s from each college. Most of the time you can get them the next quarter anyways. There are several great professors, but also some pretty bad ones too. The workload is dependent on the classes. Class sizes can vary depending on which class it is.

Alumnus - Grad Year 2009

Academics Rating

academics were very challenging. Most people were studying 247. The majority of people were top students at their high schools and school was very important to them. It was nice going to a school with people like me who cared about their academic career.

UCSD Academic Details

Academic Calendar Quarter
Average Freshman GPA 3.00
Retention Rate 94%
Minimum GPA to Graduate 2.00
Carnegie Class Research Universities (very high research activity)
Orientation Month(s) Orientation for new students held from June through September.

Specialty Study Options

  • Double Majors
  • Independent Study
  • Accelerated Study
  • Honors Program
  • Internships
  • Distance Learning

Domestic Off-Campus Semester-Away Programs

  • Domestic Exchange Schools
  • Other: UCDC in Washington DC; UC in London

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Other: business, management, oceanography

Class Sizes at University of California, San Diego

  • Fewer than 20 Students: 40%
  • 50 - 100 Students: 12%
  • 20 - 49 Students: 27%
  • 100+ Students: 22%
Fewer than 20 Students 40%
50 - 100 Students 12%
20 - 49 Students 27%
100+ Students 22%

Faculty Ethnic Diversity

  • Caucasian: 56
  • Unknown and Other: 23
  • Asian: 14
  • Latino: 5
  • African American: 1
Caucasian 56
Unknown and Other 23
Asian 14
Latino 5
African American 1

Faculty at University of California, San Diego

Total Faculty 4,115
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 19
Full-Time Professors 11,130
Male Faculty 2,639
Part-Time Professors 2,202
Women Faculty 1,476

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