University of California – San Diego

San Diego, California 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA, 92093
A Overall Grade
  • A+ Academics
  • B Athletics
  • B- Campus
  • A Diversity
  • A+ Value
  • C+ Party Scene

University of California – San Diego Admissions

Acceptance Rate 31.48%
Acceptance Deadline November 30
Students Receiving Financial Aid 62.63%

University of California – San Diego Cost

Net Price* $14,864
Average Total Aid Awarded $5,169
Students Receiving Financial Aid 62.63%
*Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

University of California – San Diego Academics

Student Faculty Ratio 19:1

University of California – San Diego Majors

Most Popular Majors
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Anatomy
  • International Studies
  • Computational and Applied Mathematics
  • Cognitive Science
  • Biology
  • Political Science and Government
  • Communications

University of California – San Diego Online

Offers Online Courses No

University of California – San Diego Students

Full-Time Undergrad Enrollment 29,491
Part-Time Undergraduates 794

University of California – San Diego Advisors

Our advisors graduated from the nation’s best universities, so they know first-hand what it takes to stand out in the admissions process.'s advisors include Marshall Scholars, Fulbright recipients, first-generation college students, professional actors and musicians, startup founders, doctors, teachers and more - all rigorously screened and trained to support students and families on their college journeys.

Trinith Radhakrishnan
University of California – Los Angeles
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Neuroscience from UCLA with a focus on pre-medical sciences. During my time at UCLA, I have been extensively involved in clinical research, leadership, and mentorship. As your advisor, I can help you navigate through your extracurricular activities, write compelling college essays, and craft a unique and cohesive application in order to get into top universities. I am particularly apt at working with students who are on the pre-med track.

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Corbin Chu
Williams College
College advisor with 10 years of experience supporting students from all walks of life pursuing top US universities and liberal arts colleges in various subjects, especially STEM, business, and undecided majors.

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Christopher Yoon
Brandeis University
Coming from a low-income background and being the first in my family to attend college, I am thankful for the opportunities afforded to me and would love to give back through sharing my knowledge and experience. From applying to 35 different schools in high school to volunteering at the Brandeis admission's office in college, I was able to experience both sides of the college application process and fully understand how to put one's best foot forward.

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Bryce Ervin
Bowdoin College
Experienced admissions professional with more than six years of reading, evaluating, and making decisions on thousands of college applications for highly selective institutions. I deeply value connecting with students, getting to know their strengths and stories, and helping them navigate the college admissions process.

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Beatriz Perez
University of California – Los Angeles
Experienced Professional in education and youth development. Beatriz has over 3 years of experience working with marginalized youth primarily in Southern California focusing on leadership development, college readiness, financial empowerment, and civic education. She previously worked as academic advisors for UCR's Upward Bound Program and UCLA's Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) to support students in their academic journey towards higher education through one-on-one academic advising, workshops, and personal development. As a HOPE alumnae, she is now the organization's Youth Programs Coordinator where she supports managing two youth development programs through advocacy, leadership, and education. When Beatriz is not working, she is managing Amor al Pueblo, a community foundation she and her mother co-founded to provide monthly food pantries to families in need in Culican, Sinaloa. She is passionate about supporting future world leaders, education, and equality for marginalized communities.

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Angel Hsu
University of California – Berkeley

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Andrew Wailes
Columbia University
Thank you for taking this next step in your future! I am an experienced educator and college advisor, having spent the past decade supporting high school students in New York, California, and Hong Kong. I believe in each and every student's ability to succeed. Everyone has something to offer. In working with students, I always make sure that feel heard, valued, and even celebrated. I look forward to supporting you as you embark on this exciting next step of your educational journey.

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Alana Herbert
University of California – Irvine
Hello! I'm Alana, I am so excited to work with you on your journey to college. I have over ten years of experience in college access. My role is to guide you along the college application process in order for you to attend the best fit college for you! I have extensive experience editing college essays and working with underrepresented populations. I graduated from UC Irvine and currently live in Los Angeles. I have support students in being admitted to following schools: USC, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Duke, UPenn, University of Chicago, Skidmore College, and many more.

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Feiyang Liu
University of California – Los Angeles
Greetings! My name is Feiyang, and I am thrilled to work with you! I am a recent graduate of UCLA's Class of 2017 - obtaining my B.A. in Political Science and minoring in Global Studies. I have worked in higher education for a number of years - most recently as an External Admission Reader for UC Berkeley's Office of Undergraduate Admissions. That was such an insightful experience and I am eager to advise you through the admissions reader perspective. In addition, I possess native-level fluency in Mandarin Chinese and am happy to use those skills to supplement communications with both you and your admissions support system! In my free time I enjoy reading, playing guitar, discovering new music and attending festivals, running/working out, watching anime and, in general, challenging myself to grow by venturing out of my comfort zone in new and exciting ways. My goals include helping you: develop a personal vision for what admissions "success" looks like, manage stress/anxiety throughout the process and make it so maybe - just maybe - you have some fun too! With that said, I sincerely appreciate the trust you have given me and look forward to serving you - let's get started!

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Angela Park-Pennington
University of California – Berkeley
Angela is an experienced admissions counselor based in Los Angeles, California who most recently served as an Associate Director of Admissions at the Marshall School of Business at USC. She has evaluated thousands of applications, from highly selective scholarship organizations like Questbridge and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to renowned universities like USC and UC Berkeley. She brings years of insight to students who seek to make their application stand out from the rest.

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Kaitlin Liston
University of California – Berkeley
Hi! I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2018 with an Economics BA and an English minor. At Cal, I was president of the Undergraduate Communications Association, and now I'm a marketing specialist at a big tech company in Silicon Valley. As an advisor, I love helping students find schools that are a perfect fit, ace college interviews, and write heartfelt essays, especially when it comes to the UC Application. I'm passionate about making the world a better place, investing in the next generation, and my favorite soccer team :) I hope to be a part of your college journey and wish you the best during this exciting time!

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Jeffrey Cho
University of Southern California
Hi everyone! I am a first-generation, low-income college student born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. I attended the University of Southern California for my undergrad through QuestBridge's regular decision program. I majored in linguistics with a minor in education. I am happy to assist students and families navigate selecting colleges, identifying career interests, choosing extracurricular activities, and applying for financial aid

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Nadiya Atkinson
Wellesley College
Hi! I'm Nadiya, in my final year at Williams College pursuing a B.A. in English and Theatre, focusing on the intersection been the humanities and political activism. From essay review to financial aid decisions, I'm committed to providing transparency and support not just with the college application process, but with the years that come after making a final decision. In my spare time, I'm co-artistic directing our student theatre group striving to improve accessibility of the arts to the campus community, writing short stories about Russian history, and attempting to make the perfect matcha latte.

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Katie Chiou
Brown University
Hi! My name is Katie and I'm a rising senior in Brown's Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) concentrating in medical anthropology. I've worked for over three years in college advising, with experience in essay editing and extracurricular advising. I specialize in BS/MD applications and interview prep.

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Brian Seo
Harvard University
Hello, everyone! My name is Brian Hyun Seo, and I am a rising junior at Harvard College, concentrating in Economics with a secondary in History of Science and a Language Citation in Korean. On-campus, I spend most of my time studying and training - I am on the Men's Lightweight Rowing team. During my free time, I enjoy playing the guitar and listening to EDM. If you are looking for someone to help strengthen your college essays and/or walk through the college admissions process, I am your guy!

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Pranathi Pilla
University of Texas – Austin
Hi! I am a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Computational Biology and minoring in Business. As someone who participated in a lot of biomedical research and science fairs, I'd be especially helpful for students with a background in biomedical engineering/biology/biochemistry. When I am not in the lab or tutoring my peers, you can catch me playing the veena, baking, or reading. From building a school list to writing an amazing personal statement, I'm excited to help you throughout every stage of the admissions process!

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College Testimonials from Clients Who Were Accepted to University of California – San Diego

Rohan Kumar

I think my experience as a whole was a success. I got a lot of constructive feedback from my advisors and it really helped me with my applications. I really appreciate all the help and support I received. In the end, I am happy that I chose ChollegeAdvisor and would definitely recommend it to others.

Kalyani Valiyaveettil
Columbia University

CollegeAdvisor’s tremendous resources and committed advisors helped make the application process stress-free. I was able to customize the service and create an environment in which I work best. Through hours of essay editing, not only did I grow as a writer but I became more self-aware, learning the value of my experiences. As a look back, I am proud of all the work my advisor, Zoe, and I were able to accomplish together.

Layal Kazerooni

Matthew Yekell was extremely helpful throughout the entire process of applying to college. He went out of his way to be extremely accommodating to time differences and his help was fundamental to my admission into my top choice universities. He supported me through every step of the application process and made applying to college an enjoyable experience – couldn’t have done it without him!

Jieshan Liu
University of California - Berkeley

My advisor has been dedicated to assisting me with all my needs. She’s very flexible time-wise and always gives honest advice about my essays. I enjoyed having conversations with her and discussing the multiple aspects of my college applications. I feel grateful for this opportunity and all the resources she has been sharing with me, including the College Panels and Zoom sessions which showed me how to approach writing distinctive essays.

Jonathan Wu
University of Pennsylvania

My advisor (Phillip) was very responsive and always gave me great tips about my essays and application strategies. Moreover, the access to the whole advisor network was a game changer, as I was able to talk to an alumni of my dream school, University of Pennsylvania, which I believe was a big factor of my acceptance to the school during the regular decision round!

Avery Medina

My experience with CollegeAdvisor was excellent. My advisor, Carolyn, was always available for help and kept me on track with a well planned out timeline. She helped me refine my essay ideas and was fantastic when it came to editing and clarifying ideas in my writing. My college application experience would have been much tougher had it not been for CollegeAdvisor. I definitely recommend!

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