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University of California San Diego

School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1903
    • Size:
    • Large (>15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, California, United States, 92093
    • Phone:
    • +18585342230
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of University of California San Diego

When the Regents of the University of California originally authorized the San Diego campus in 1956, it was planned to be a graduate and research institution, providing instruction in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering. Local citizens supported the idea, voting the same year to transfer to the university 59 acres (24 ha) of mesa land on the coast near the preexisting Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The Regents requested an additional gift of 550 acres (220 ha) of undeveloped mesa land northeast of Scripps, as well as 500 acres (200 ha) on the former site of Camp Matthews from the federal government, but Roger Revelle, then director of Scripps Institution and main advocate for establishing the new campus, jeopardized the site selection by exposing the La Jolla community's exclusive real estate business practices, which were antagonistic to minority racial and religious groups. This outraged local conservatives, as well as Regent Edwin W. Pauley. UC President Clark Kerr satisfied San Diego city donors by changing the proposed name from University of California, La Jolla, to University of California, San Diego.The city voted in agreement to its part in 1958, and the UC approved construction of the new campus in 1960. Because of the clash with Pauley, Revelle was not made chancellor. Herbert York, first director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, was designated instead. York planned the main campus according to the "Oxbridge" model, relying on many of Revelle's ideas.

Academic Highlights

University of California San Diego (UC) San Diego is organized into seven undergraduate residential colleges (Revelle, John Muir, Thurgood Marshall, Earl Warren, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sixth, and Seventh; Seventh College will enroll its first students in Fall 2020), four academic divisions (Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences), and seven graduate and professional schools (Jacobs School of Engineering, Rady School of Management, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, School of Global Policy and Strategy, School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the newly formed Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science).UC San Diego Health, the region's only academic health system, provides patient care, conducts medical research and educates future health care professionals at the UC San Diego Medical Center, Hillcrest, Jacobs Medical Center, Moores Cancer Center, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Koman Family Outpatient Pavilion and various express care and urgent care clinics throughout San Diego.

Life in University of California San Diego

In all, the university offers classical orchestras, intramural sports, and over 550 student organizations. 38 national and local Greek organizations are hosted on campus, with fraternity and sorority members representing 20% of the student population. The university operates on an academic quarter system, with three primary quarters beginning in late September and ending in mid-June. 44% of undergraduate students receive federal Pell Grants.

School Ranking

The university is ranked at the National rankings 13th and 16th in the U.S. by Academic Ranking of World Universities and Center for World University Rankings and in global rankings recognized as a Public Ivy, UC San Diego is a highly regarded research institution, ranked 11th in the world by the Nature Index.


Notable Alumni

  • Angela Davis American professor known for her political activism, establishment of the Critical Resistance, and speeches on social justice (MA, Philosophy).
  • Robert Buckley Actor for his main roles in One Tree Hill, iZombie, and Lipstick Jungle (BA, Economics).
  • Milana Vayntrub Uzbekistan-born American actress and comedian known for her roles in AT&T television commercials s Lily Adams (2013–2016), Other Space (2015), This Is Us (2016–2017), and voicing Doreen Green / Squirrel Girl in the Marvel Rising franchise (BA, Communication).
  • Khaled Hosseini Physician known for setting forth medicine in Afghanistan for the George W. Bush administration, the United Nations, and production of novels such as The Kite Runner (MD, Medicine).

Acceptance Rate

University of California San Diego acceptance rate is 34 percent.

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