University of California at

San Diego (UCSD)


Since its founding four decades ago, the University of California, San Diego --one of the ten campuses in the world-renowned University of California system -- has risen rapidly to its status as one of the top institutions in the nation for higher education and scientific exploration.


Nestled along the Pacific coastline on 1,200 acres of coastal woodland, UCSD is a powerful magnet for those seeking a fresh, next-generation approach to education and research. UCSD numbers five Nobel Laureates on its faculty, ranks seventh in the country in the number of National Academy of Science members, and has one of the nation's highest percentages of faculty elected to the prestigious national academies.

One of UCSD's major attractions is its institutional flexibility.


Its interdisciplinary ethos, combined with UCSD’s tradition of innovation and risk-taking, underlies the campus' recruitment of top scholars and students as well as its prowess in research.


RESEARCH: Top UC Recipient of Federal R&D Funding

UCSD received $461.7 million in research funding in 1999 - 2000. The National Science Foundation's most recent report ranked UCSD sixth in the nation and first in the University of California system in federal R&D funding.


UCSD accounts for almost four times the national average of NIH grant dollars per capita. UCSD is home to one of the nation's two national supercomputing centers sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and leads a consortium of 46 universities in 19 states and five countries focused on developing computational technologies of the future.


UCSD pharmacology professor Michael Karin, Ph.D. ranked first worldwide and UCSD was 5th among institutions in a 2000 listing of most-cited molecular biology and genetic research papers by the Institute for Scientific Information.


EDUCATION: Ranked 10th in the USA by the National Research Council

UCSD ranks 10th in the USA in the excellence of its graduate programs and the quality of its faculty, according to the National Research Council. The only institution founded in this century to achieve a top-ten rating, UCSD's oceanography and neurosciences programs also rank first in the nation.


The current US News and World Report survey ranks UCSD 7th of all public universities in the U.S. Among graduate school rankings for 2001, the Report lists the Irwin and Joan Jacobs School of Engineering as 10th among public universities. The school's Department of Bioengineering ranked 3rd in the nation. Within the Division of Social Sciences, the graduate program in political science was ranked 7th in the nation.

Kiplinger's report for 2000 lists UCSD as 10th among the "100 best values in public colleges."


UCSD's small college concept, patterned after Oxford and Cambridge, sets the campus apart from most large universities in the U.S. Each of the undergraduate colleges -- Revelle, Muir, Thurgood Marshall, Warren, and Eleanor Roosevelt offers a unique educational philosophy and provides individual attention to students, within the framework of a large research university.


UCSD posted a record 38,161 freshman applications for the Fall 2001 quarter, second highest in the UC system. The average GPA of the current freshmen is 3.99 and the average SAT score is 1259. UCSD currently enrolls 20,212 students..

Among public universities, UCSD is one of the highest in the nation in the percentage of graduates who go on to earn graduate degrees. Within five years of graduation, nearly 60% of graduates have enrolled in graduate study.


In addition to offering a wide range of graduate programs, UCSD also is home to a School of Medicine, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS), the only professional international affairs school in the nation to focus on the Pacific Rim region.



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