The University of California San Diego is a public institution that was founded in 1960. In just four decades, this young campus has rapidly risen in status to become one of the the-top ranked research universities in the nation. University of California San Diego’s ranks 37 in the 2012 edition of the Best Colleges and National Universities. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 23,663. It receives more than 45,000 freshman applications each year. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 38.2 percent.
For 2011-2012 its in-state tuition and fees are $12,128; out-of-state tuition and fees are $35,006. At the University of California–San Diego, 64.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $15,915.
The school has 39.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at the University of California–San Diego include: Biology, General; Economics; Psychology, General; Political Science and Government, General; and Communication and Media Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 94.5 percent.
The University of California-San Diego lies alongside the Pacific Ocean in the La Jolla community of San Diego. When the campus opened in 1964, it consisted only of Revelle College and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Today, UC San Diego includes 761 buildings that span 2,141. The main campus occupies only 1,200 acres, while natural reserves cover the remaining 941 acres. The campus includes eucalyptus groves, a seaport, several major research centers, and a wide range of architectural styles. It is located in the residential area of La Jolla and bordered by the communities of La Jolla Shores, Torrey Pines, and University City. The layout of the main campus centers around the iconic Geisel Library, named after Dr. Seuss, which is roughly surrounded by the six residential colleges and the School of Medicine. The six colleges maintain separate, housing facilities for their students and each college’s buildings are differentiated by distinct architectural styles. The campus has the Large High-Performance Outdoor Shake Table, which is one of the largest facilities in the country that tests structures’ ability to withstand simulated earthquakes.
UCSD offers student participation in a wide range of sports including swimming, water polo, soccer, volleyball, crew, track and field athletics, fencing, basketball, golf, cross-country, softball, baseball, and tennis. The UCSD Tritons compete in 23 NCAA Division II sports, mainly in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
The school has more than 400 student clubs and organizations, and many students are active in Greek life on 9ampus. All freshmen are guaranteed on-campus housing but are not required to live on campus.
UCSD includes six undergraduate colleges and six graduate and professional schools. Its School of Medicine and Jacobs School of Engineering are highly ranked. UCSD is designated as a university with very high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
An annual event unique to UCSD is the Sun God Festival, which began in 1983, featuring daylong concerts by popular musicians, carnival activities, vendors, and student booths.
UCSD is also known for its International House, wherein approximately 260 students from more than 30 countries live and learn together as a community.
Notable UCSD alumni include Guy Tribble and Bill Atkinson, who created the first Apple Macintosh computer, and Mike Judge, a writer/director/producer who created the film Office Space and the TV series King of the Hill.
University of California–San Diego offers a number of student services including no remedial tutoring, women’s center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of California–San Diego also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access.
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