University of California: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    University of California-San Diego is one of the top public institutes in the United States established in 1960 with a single objective of being distinctive. The organization is a prestigious name in the US Education System that aims to provide quality and affordable education to its aspirants. Nearly 24% of its student body is formed by international candidates which makes it a site of diversity and inclusion.

    The institute offers over 130 undergraduate majors across its 11 schools and divisions and provides some unparalleled and brilliant programs in the field of biology, Economics and Computer Science and Engineering. It observes a student to faculty ratio of 19:1 and thus ensures plenty of room for open classroom discussions and individual attention for each and every student.

    Admissions at University of California-San Diego follow November 30 as its common application deadline for undergraduates while the deadlines for graduate applicants vary per program. The institute is a highly coveted organization when seeking to study in the USA and received over 99,000 applications for admissions for Fall 2019. But the university is selective in its approach towards enrollment and admits candidates at an acceptance rate of 30%.


    University of California - San Diego is ranked

    • 37th(tie) in 2020 list of Best National Universities by U.S. News and World Report 
    • 31st in the list of World University Rankings in 2020 by Times Higher Education
    • 5th in the list of Colleges with the Best Professors in America in 2020 by Niche
    • 45th in QS Global World Rankings in 2020


    College Type Public
    Campus Setting Urban
    Annual Endowment 1.612 billion USD
    Student Retention Rate 95%
    Work-study program Yes
    Mode of Program Full time; Part time; online
    Campus Housing Capacity 39%
    English language proficiency score TOEFL or equivalent
    Admission Helpdesk | 858-534-4831

    Programs, Campus and Accommodation


    • University of California - San Diego campus is located on 1,152 acres of land situated in San Diego, California.
    • The campus houses 761 buildings used as administrative buildings, classrooms, research centers, medical facilities, sports facilities, residential buildings, Laboratories, Libraries, studios, etc.
    • The campus specifically has nine sports facilities, including a 5,000-seat arena, and a state-of-the-art training center for athletes.
    • There are 45 Sorority and Fraternity organizations on campus.
    • 18,500 students on campus are involved in community service yearly.
    • According to Surfer Magazine, it is regarded as one of the most LGBTQ-friendly universities in the United States.
    • The oldest student tradition is the watermelon drop which is a summer physics experiment.

    Housing Facilities/Residence

    Housing at UC – San Diego is guaranteed for two years for every fresher who meets application and contract deadlines. Application for housing is FREE and the deadline is May 8. Meal Plan contains flexible options and it is included in the housing contract. Housing rate ranges from 12,132 USD per annum to 14,591 USD per annum depending on the choice of housing

    Family housing is available for married students or students with children. Amenities and services at UC – San Diego include Wi-Fi, Housekeeping, community kitchen, cable TV, security, laundry facilities, Access to registered Dietitian, study space, etc.

    Special Housing accommodations are available for students with a disability or medical condition. Transgender community housing is also available in UC- San Diego.

    The University provides several tools to aid students who wish to stay off-campus to find a suitable and convenient apartment. The Commuter Concourse is available for off-campus residents to study or hang out before, after, or between classes. The lounge features a computer lab, group study rooms, a kitchenette, and a vending room. 


    1. The institute offers a plethora of courses for international students including over 130 undergraduate majors
    2. Popular majors at the university include Computer Science, Biochemistry, Economics, and Molecular Biology
    3. At the institute, choice of college does not in any way affect the choice of major
    4. More than 600 courses from over 40 disciplines are offered in university’s Summer Session
    5. About 22% of Undergraduate students participate in study abroad programs every year.
    6. The institute's Extension International Programs offer Certificate Programs in Business, Law, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), and Project Management.
    7. It also offers a Paralegal Certificate program that combines paralegal practical skills with legal theory and analysis.
    8. UC – San Diego through the University and Professional Studies (UPS) offers a full-time credit-bearing program to high achieving, non-matriculated international students
    9. Research Experience and Applied Learning (REAL Portal) is available to help students practice classroom knowledge in real-world settings.

    Top Programs in the University of California San Diego 

    University of California Application Process

    How to apply?

    Application portal:

    Application fee (Application fee waiver is available):

    • 70 USD for undergraduates and Transfer.
    • Graduates: 125 USD for Winter and Spring, 140 USD for summer and Fall

    Application Deadline:

    • Undergraduate Deadline: November 30
    • Application deadlines for graduate programs vary from program to program

    Supporting documents

    For Undergraduates:

    • Authentic Official transcript
    • Personal Insight Questions
    • Official copies of GCSE/IGCSE Statement of Results, AS Level Statement of Results (if applicable)
    • SAT or ACT scores
    • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (TOEFL iBT:83, IELTS: 7)

    For Graduates:

    • Transcript of Academic Record
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Three Recommendation letter
    • GRE or GMAT Test Scores (if required by the program)
    • English Language Test Scores (TOEFL iBT:85, IELTS: 7)
    • Other specific program requirements
    • Financial documents and bank statements
    • Statistics

    University of California Cost of Attendance

    For prospective aspirants of the university enrolling at the upcoming sessional term, an estimated budget for international students looking to study in the US is as follows:

    Cost of Attendance On-Campus (USD) Off-Campus (USD)
    Tuition 14,480 14,480
    Housing and Meals 14,680 13,942
    Books and Supplies 1,124 1,124
    Transportation 1,363 1,537
    Personal Expenses 723 1,287
    Non-California Resident Supplemental Tuition 29,754 29,754
    Total 62,124 62,124
    The cost of attendance for graduate programs varies by program. However, the estimated cost is presented below:
    Fees Amount (USD)
    Student Services Fee 1,128.00
    Tuition 11,442.00
    University Center Fee 304.38
    Recreation Facility Fee 351.00
    GSA Fee 36.00
    Student Transportation Fee 193.74
    Health Insurance 3,900.00
    Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 15,102.00
    Total 32,457.12

    Scholarships/Financial Aid

    International students applying at the university must note that the institute does not provide awards and scholarships to study in the USA. Some graduate departments award limited funding to international undergraduate and graduate students.

    Candidates, however, can apply for some external scholarships not administered by the university. Some such awards are as mentioned below.

    • 2020 Rizio Lipinsky Lawyer Scholarship worth 10,000 USD
    • Contevo Digital Marketing Scholarship worth 5,000 USD
    • Blankstyle Scholarship worth 1,000 USD

    Alumni network

    • The alumni network connects over 200,000 members across the globe
    • The Alumni network organizes the UC Alumni Career Network annually on campus
    • Members of the alumni community are recipients of several international awards like Nobel Prize, MacArthur Genius Grant, Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, Grammy Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, etc.
    • Notable Alumni Include:
      • Arika Sato - Television Personality
      • Nick Woodman - Founder of GoPro
      • Mike Judge - TV Writer


    The university organizes career fairs, on-campus branding, and marketing, on-campus interviewing, career engagement opportunities, etc. to help students secure a full-time job. The Career Portal – Handshake helps students develop their resume, explore career options, find an internship or experiential outcome, training opportunity and jobs to boost and improve skill set.

    Top employers of the institute graduates are Intel, Cisco, VISA, Bloomberg, Apple, Airbnb, Western Digital, American Express, Verizon Media, etc. Graduates of UC – San Diego according to PayScale earn an average annual salary of 79,000 USD.

    Important Dates

    ProgramApplication DeadlineFees
    Round 1 (1st Nov 2021)
    Round 2 (1st Feb 2022)
    Round 3 (1st Apr 2022)
    $57,203 /Yr
    M.Sc Business Analytics
    Round 1 (1st Nov 2021)
    Round 2 (15th Jan 2022)
    Round 3 (1st Apr 2022)
    $58,000 /Yr
    B.Sc Computer Science
    fall (1st Jul 2020)
    $29,754 /Yr
    B.A Communication
    fall (15th Jul 2019)
    $29,754 /Yr
    fall (1st Jan 2021)
    Ph.D Economics
    fall (17th Dec 2018)

    Master of Business Administration [M.B.A]

    2 years
    On Campus
    Full Time
    USD 57,203/Yr
    Ranked #34 out of 1200 by THE Global Ranking 2022
    Exam Scores: TOEFL85|IELTS7|PTE65|GMAT655|GRE317
    Options Available:
    Application Deadline: 01 Nov, 2021

    Masters of Science [M.Sc] Business Analytics

    1 year
    On Campus
    Full Time
    USD 58,000/Yr
    Ranked #34 out of 1200 by THE Global Ranking 2022
    Exam Scores: TOEFL105|IELTS7|PTE65|GMAT655|GRE317
    Application Deadline: 01 Nov, 2021

    Master of Science [M.Sc] Chemical Engineering

    2 years
    On Campus
    Full Time
    USD 32,487/Yr
    Ranked #34 out of 1200 by THE Global Ranking 2022
    Exam Scores: TOEFL85|IELTS7|GRE317
    Application Deadline: 16 Dec, 2021
    USD 26,544/Yr
    Ranked #34 out of 1200 by THE Global Ranking 2022
    Exam Scores: TOEFL85|IELTS6.5|GRE317
    Application Deadline: 02 Dec, 2021
    USD 26,544/Yr
    Ranked #34 out of 1200 by THE Global Ranking 2022
    Exam Scores: TOEFL85|IELTS7
    Application Deadline: 16 Dec, 2021


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    7 Reviews Found

    7.3 /10

    During my visit to California, I visited the college and I liked the campus and the infrastructure of the college a lot. There, I had a desire to do my MBA from here, and also the opportunities in the college is very good. This is the reason why I made my application to the college for $50. The application form is filled up via the online portal.

    Fees :

    The tuition fee for the course is $54,000. The tuition fee includes all the business and educational tours. Other than that there is an expense of $1000 per year for the study materials. All the international students get selected for a merit-based scholarship on admission.

    8 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    4 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    6 /10 extracurricular
    8.8 /10

    I wanted to study at a university in the USA and I had a few universities where I wanted to apply. I applied at 3 universities and the University of California - San Diego was the quickest with the admission process. I had filled an application form online and paid an application fee of $70.

    Fees :

    The tuition that I pay is $14,400 along with supplemental tuition of $29,700. I had also paid a one-time document fee of $160 and a one-time visa administration fee of $100 apart from the tuition and fees. Scholarships are available for us about which we can enquire at the admission office.

    10 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    9 /10 extracurricular
    7.8 /10

    This is one of the highest-ranked private colleges in the United States that offers one of the best MBA courses. One of the reasons why I liked the college so much in my visit was the college campus and building and also the atmosphere. I applied to the college online for an application fee of $50.

    Fees :

    The fee for the course is around $55,000 per year. This fee covers all other necessary requirements like books study materials and paper licenses. Apart from that scholarships are also given to the student. Most of the financial grants are given to the University of California.

    8 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    7 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    7 /10 extracurricular
    9.0 /10

    I started my college applications towards the beginning of my senior year of high school. The admission process was fairly easy; I simply had to fill out the UC application and compose four essays to show the admissions office who I am and what my goals are for the future. My SAT and ACT scores were also required. I chose to apply to four UC's (UCSD, UCI, UCR, and UCD), limiting the number of schools that I applied to because I come from a family with low income, and I was only able to apply to four UC's for free. I was accepted into all four schools and decided to accept UCSD's offer of admission. I chose to attend UCSD because I heard that they have a great pharmacy program, thus increasing my opportunity to successfully pursue a career in pharmacy. I also wanted to live on a campus that was away from home, but not too far, to allow myself to grow and be independent.

    Fees :

    The tuition for UCSD is roughly around $33,000. It included on-campus dorms, tuition, and student activity fees. I received many loans and awards to cover my tuition, but it was not enough. I also received a pell grant and a scholarship award from UCSD from completing my FAFSA. There are many scholarships available if you ask your high school's student center for information.

    10 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    6 /10 accomodation
    10 /10 placement
    10 /10 extracurricular
    7.0 /10

    I liked the environment - both physically and academically. Research opportunities here are abundant. Faculty and staff are phenomenal and friendly, yet professional; more so, the has a good reputation in terms of STEM majors which made me choose UCSD.

    Fees :

    It is broken down into school tuition, housing, and then several other activity fees. Activity fees range from a few dollars to a couple hundred.

    8 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    6 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    4 /10 extracurricular
    7.3 /10

    It was a highly ranked public university in Southern California. The campus was modern and huge so I felt like I wouldn?t get bored easily. Many dining halls as opposed to just one like some universities has and many places to study. The school is also minutes away from two beaches which definitely gives you something to do on your free time and it?s something students can take advantage of in good weather. UCSD prides itself on being a researched based school which many research opportunities for undergrad students.

    Fees :

    Tuition is regularly around $30,000 for in state students are $60,000 for our of state students. Things that you pay for are class tuition, recreation fees, college activity fees, housing (if varies if you live in an apartment or dorm) and you also have to buy a mandatory dining plan that varies depending on how much you plan to eat.

    8 /10 academic/food
    7 /10 faculty
    7 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    7 /10 placement
    7 /10 extracurricular
    8.5 /10

    It is a reputable STEM school that also specializes in healthcare. It also provides lots of opportunities for my academic career. It is also close to home so it would be easier for me to go home and back.

    Fees :

    Health insurance, Transportation fee, Maintenance fee, Recreation fee, Athletics fee, College activities fee, Student service fee, University Center fee, College fee, Campus activity fee, Registration fee, Tuition.

    10 /10 academic/food
    7 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    10 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular

    University of California comparison

    University of CaliforniaUniversity of Southern CaliforniaUniversity of Washington
    collegedunia score7.3 Out of 105.9 Out of 107.2 Out of 10
    ranking (overall)# 34 Times Higher Education 2022
    # 48 QS World University 2022
    # 21 US News 2021
    # 63 Times Higher Education 2022
    # 112 QS World University 2022
    # 51 Center for World University Rankings 2021
    # 29 Times Higher Education 2022
    # 85 QS World University 2022
    # 23 Center for World University Rankings 2021
    subject strength# 34 for Mathematics by Times Higher Education 2022
    # 34 for Chemical Engineering by Times Higher Education 2022
    # 34 for Biology by Times Higher Education 2022
    # 63 for Design by Times Higher Education 2022
    # 63 for Finance by Times Higher Education 2022
    # 63 for Management by Times Higher Education 2022
    # 29 for Computer Science by Times Higher Education 2022
    # 29 for Mechanical Engineering by Times Higher Education 2022
    # 29 for Business by Times Higher Education 2022
    programsUG Programs -18
    PG Programs -27
    Doctorate Programs -2
    UG Programs -140
    PG Programs -116
    Doctorate Programs -6
    UG Programs -73
    PG Programs -56
    Doctorate Programs -1
    acceptance rate30.0 %16.0 %46.0 %
    exam scorePTE - 77.5
    GRE - 276
    IELTS - 8
    TOEFL - 92
    SAT - 1310
    ACT - 30
    GMAT - 675
    GMAT - 745
    IELTS - 6.8
    TOEFL - 90
    SAT - 1400
    ACT - 32
    GMAT - 640
    IELTS - 6.5
    TOEFL - 85
    SAT - 1305
    ACT - 30
    cost to studyAverage Tuition Fees   USD 29754
    [For UG Program]
    Average Tuition Fees   USD 32487
    [For PG Program]
    Hostel + Meal - USD 17964 Per Year
    Average Tuition Fees   USD 27660
    [For UG Program]
    Average Tuition Fees   USD 25795
    [For PG Program]
    Hostel + Meal - USD 33712 Per Year
    Average Tuition Fees   USD 35166.91
    [For UG Program]
    Average Tuition Fees   USD 31577.92
    [For PG Program]
    Hostel + Meal - USD 26913 Per Year
    placement (average package)

    Graduate Employability ranks (2020)- #121-130. 
    Highest paid degrees are MBA ($120,000); PhD ($100,000); MS ($92,0000); Bsc ($82,000). 

    Graduate Employability Ranking 2020: 64; Graduates are offered salary within a range of 77,000 USD to 145,000 USD per year. Annual ROI is 5.3%. Doctorate and MBA are highest paying degrees with average annual salary of 145,000 USD and 144,000 USD respectively. 

    Employability Ranking- #60 (QS); 93% engineering graduates placed within first placement cycle; Average salary- 78,172 USD; Top recruiters: The Boeing Company, University of Washington, Inc., Microsoft Corp, Expedia Inc.; Highest paying degrees: Doctorate (118,000 USD), Ph.D. (112,000 USD), MBA(111,000 USD), Masters in Science (93,000 USD), BBA (85,000 USD).

    application requirements

    GPA: 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 (B grade or 83-86%). Fulfill core subject requirements. Personal insight questions must be submitted. 

    3 to 4 years of work experience for some graduate programs; at least 2 letters of recommendation; 2 to 3-page statement of purpose

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    University of California Admissions

    Regular Decision Deadlines

    November 30

    Application deadline

    Test Scores For International Applicants

    ExamsAvg. ScoreMin ScoreMax. Score%Submitted
    Language Proficiency
    SAT Check Detailed Score13101210141084
    Evidence-Based Reading and Writing640600680-
    ACT Check Detailed Score30273352

    University of California Acceptance Rate

    30.0 %

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    attendance cost

    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $29,754 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $32,487 / Year
    On Campus
    Books & Supplies
    $1,437 / Year
    On campus, Room and Meal
    $17,964 / Year

    Schools, Faculties & Campuses


    Rady School of Management

    Address: 500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093.

    Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

    Institutional accreditations
    Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    Program wise accreditation
    Medicine Programs
    Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    Language Programs
    Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    Pharmacy Programs
    Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
    Clinical Science Programs
    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


    total facultyfull timepart timegraduate assistants
    9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0021

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    Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery0.98 km
    Drift1.29 km
    Truluck's1.38 km
    Regents Pizzeria1.67 km
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    Super Market

    Whole Foods Market1.30 km
    Trade Joes1.41 km
    French Foods5.39 km
    ALDI6.40 km
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    Helihad1.91 km
    The Plaza La Jolla Village Heliport1.99 km
    Henley Heliport3.53 km
    San Diego Heliport3.56 km
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    Shopping Mall

    Villa La Jolla Plaza0.98 km
    Shops at La Jolla Village1.27 km
    La Jolla Village Square1.54 km
    Genesee Executive Plaza1.99 km
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    Book Store

    Deseret Book1.64 km
    Barnes & Noble1.95 km
    Book Place2.11 km
    Amazon Books2.40 km
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    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary


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