This page and the one with more information about UCSD are included in the Del-Mar-Guide.com because of the close proximity, relationship and student flavor of Del Mar. Many students and faculty live in Del Mar, though it is very pricey. Also, as an alum of UCSD, I get to plug my alma mater!

The vibrant campus just south of Del Mar is a world-class institution of higher learning, often ranked in the top 20 Universities in the country.

Originally known for its science (Scripps Institute of Oceaniography, Revelle College, and the very strong electrical engineering, bio-medical and chemical programs), USCD also has very strong liberal arts programs.

The number of companies that have sprung up over the years around UCSD is a testament to the talent coming from the university. One of the best known, Qualcom, has a direct link to UCSD. The founder, Irwin Jacobs, has donated lots of money back into the UCSD to continue the excellence in education.

Sol Price, founder of the Price Club, is also a big beneficiary. USCD recognized his donations by naming the student plaza after him.

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UCSD Facts

Innovation is our tradition: Nestled along the Pacific Ocean on 1,200 acres of coastal woodland, UCSD is a powerful magnet for those seeking a fresh, next-generation approach to education and research. Since its founding four decades ago, UCSD -- one of the ten campuses in the world-renowned University of California system -- has rapidly achieved the status as one of the top institutions in the nation for higher education and research. UCSD’s interdisciplinary ethos and tradition of innovation and risk-taking, underlie its research strength and ability to recruit top scholars and students.

Budget: UCSD’s annual revenues are $1.8 billion. (25% of this total is from the federal government for research; 18% is from the State of California for education)
Students: UCSD received over 41,000 applications for fall 2004 admission (the second highest application rate in the University of California system and possibly in the nation).

The average high school GPA of admitted freshmen was 4.05, and average SAT score was 1300. Total current campus enrollment is 23,045. UCSD ranks 2nd nationally among major research universities sending students abroad in full-year programs, and 4th in the nation in graduation rates, at 79%. (The top four, in rank order: U of Virginia, Charlottesville; U of Michigan, Ann Arbor; UC Berkeley; UCLA and UCSD tied.)

Economic Impact: UCSD is an engine for regional economic growth. UCSD faculty and alums have spun-off close to 200 local companies, including over a third of the region’s biotech companies. In addition, UCSD is San Diego County’s largest single employer, with a monthly payroll in excess of $71 million, and over 22,000 employees.

Specialized Resources: UCSD’s graduate and professional schools include Scripps Institution of Oceanography; School of Medicine; School of International Relations and Pacific Studies; School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Jacobs School of Engineering (graduate and undergraduate), and Rady School of Management.

The campus also is home to the San Diego Supercomputer Center; California Institute for Information Technology and Telecommunications; Center for Research in Computing and the Arts; Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, and Institute of the Americas.

UCSD Rankings

The National Research Council ranks UCSD 10th in the nation in the quality of its faculty and graduate programs. (The top ten, in rank order, are: UC Berkeley, MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, CalTech, Yale, Chicago, Cornell and UCSD.) The NRC ranks oceanography and neurosciences 1st in the nation.

UCSD ranks 6th in the nation in National Academy of Sciences membership. (The top ten, in rank order, are: Harvard, UC Berkeley, Stanford, MIT, Yale, UCSD, CalTech, Princeton, Cornell and Chicago.)

U.S. News and World Report ranks UCSD as 7th best public university in the nation. (In rank order, the top 10 publics are UC Berkeley; U of Virginia; UCLA; U of Michigan, Ann Arbor; U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; College of William & Mary; UCSD; U of Wisconsin, Madison; Georgia Institute of Technology, and U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.)

A U.S. News and World Report survey of graduate programs ranks the Jacobs School of Engineering 13th in the nation and 7th among public engineering schools, and the School of Medicine as 17th among medical schools with a research focus, and 6th among public schools. In Master of Fine Arts programs, UCSD’s multimedia/visual communications program ranked 6th in the nation. The most recent US News rankings also place these programs in the nation’s top 10: Theatre and Dance (3rd); Bioengineering (3rd); Political Science (7th); Cellular and Developmental Biology (8th); Biochemistry (9th); Molecular Biology (10th), and Neurosciences (10th).

Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine ranks UCSD 16th nationally among the 100 best values in public education for Fall 2003.


Scripps Institute of Oceanography

Birch Aquarium