The University of California, San Diego is one of the top-ranked public research universities in the nation. It is ideally located near the Pacific Ocean, the U.S.-Mexico border and the Pacific Rim. 


The university's main campus is located near the Pacific Ocean on 1,200 acres of coastal woodland in La Jolla, California. The University of California, San Diego is a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public institution that provides opportunity for all. Recognized as one of the top 15 research universities worldwide, a culture of collaboration sparks discoveries that advance society and drive economic impact.

The UC San Diego Library was the first academic library in Southern California to partner with Google in its efforts to build a global digital library, the Library plays a leadership role in HathiTrust, an international partnership of 52 academic and research libraries committed to long-term digital preservation. UC San Diego’s academic excellence is built on the strength of our faculty and their groundbreaking research discoveries.

Currently, 6 Nobel Laureates teach and conduct research; there are 17 in UC San Diego’s 50-year history. UC San Diego undergraduates do more than just research in the lab or the field. They publish papers. They present at national and international conferences. They hold patents!

When Bill Atkinson (’74 Chemistry, co-developer of the Macintosh computer) was asked to explain the value of his UC San Diego degree, he responded with one word: “Research.”

  • 1st in the U.S. for Positive Impact on the United States by the Washington Monthly College Guide

  • Six Nobel prize winners on the faculty

  • A huge campus (over 5 square kilometers) overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a community of over 31 000 students.

  • „America’s Finest City“ with a great quality of life

  • San Diego has 100 kilometers of beaches, mountains up to 2,000 meters, and the best climate in the United States

  • 8th best public university in the nation

  • 10th nationally in salary earning potential among public university graduates

  • 14th best value among public universities in California


UC San Diego offers more than 100 undergraduate majors in six disciplinary areas:

  • Social Sciences e.g Anthropology

  • Engineering e.g Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

  • Biology e.g Biochemistry and Cell Biology

  • Science/Math e.g Computer Science

  • Arts e.g Visual Arts 

  • Humanities e.g History

  • Special/Undeclared e.g Theatre & Dance