San Diego

Ranked sixth in the nation for federally funded research and development, UC San Diego offers programs rated No. 1 by the National Research Council (2010) in biological sciences and bioengineering, as well as the renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

The campus’s rich academic portfolio includes six undergraduate colleges and 10 academic divisions and professional schools.

UCSD researchers have an impressive track record for breakthroughs — from achieving the first direct evidence of how a cancer gene works to confirming the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. In the arts and humanities, students learn from Pulitzer Prize winners, MacArthur fellows and Tony Award recipients.

Known for a collaborative, diverse, crossdisciplinary ethos, UC San Diego fosters a supportive graduate community committed to students’ academic and professional success.

Campus life

UC San Diego’s main campus is located just minutes from the Pacific Ocean on 1,200 acres of coastal woodland. Music and art lovers enjoy performances at the Conrad Prebys Music Center — which houses one of the acoustically finest small concert halls in the world — as well as productions at the Tony-award winning La Jolla Playhouse and renowned, site-specific artworks of the Stuart Collection.

San Diego’s mild, sunny weather is ideal for outdoor activities. The area offers miles of coastline, a national forest, mountain ranges and California’s largest state park, along with the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Diverse and vibrant communities, such as North Park and Hillcrest, are a short drive from campus — and popular places for graduate students to live or unwind.

Campus snapshot

  • Student body: 30,709 total;
    5,899 graduate students
  • Graduate programs: 85+
  • Setting: Urban

Undergraduate research programs

Completing a research project before you apply to graduate school can help you be a competitive applicant. You don't have to be a UC San Diego student to take advantage of the campus's programs.

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UC San Diego Graduate Division

Contact: or (858) 534-3554