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No. 1 for women graduates in science, technology, engineering and math

4th in the nation for economic diversity

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Top 10 public university in the nation for more than a decade

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14th best university in the world

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13th in the world for total research output


14th best among research-intensive medical school programs

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15th best public university for return on investment

16th best research university in the world for scientific impact

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UC San Diego scientists and physicians ranked among the world’s most influential scientific minds

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15th best university in the world for research and global reputation

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Research and Innovation

Our curiosity never wavers. Nor does our desire to shape new fields and transform lives.

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A world-class education taught by award-winning faculty with an ocean backdrop. We are here to launch you on your journey to success.

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UC San Diego freshmen and transfer students come from all over California and throughout the world—ready for challenge and discovery

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Work alongside world-class experts—and become one. Join our thriving community of graduate and professional scholars.

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Invent the future of care through the education and research opportunities are offered through UC San Diego’s School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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Whether you’re a freshman, transfer or graduate student, the UC system has one of the most generous and progressive financial aid programs in the nation.

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Our thriving student life

Music festivals and Greek life, beach parties and experimental performances—there are plenty of ways to unwind.

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