ABOUT
UC SAN DIEGO

At the University of California San Diego, we prefer the path less traveled. And it has led us to remarkable new ways of seeing and making a difference in the world.

We Make Changemakers

Recognized as one of the top 15 research universities worldwide, our culture of collaboration sparks discoveries that advance society and drive economic impact. Everything we do is dedicated to ensuring our students have the opportunity to become changemakers, equipped with the multidisciplinary tools needed to accelerate answers to our world’s most pressing issues.

We Make Changemakers

UC SAN DIEGO
BY NUMBERS

UC San Diego is a rich, collaborative environment powered by bright minds dedicated to making a difference.

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Over $1 billion in annual research funding

650+ companies have been launched by or use technology produced by faculty, staff and alumni

16 Nobel laureates have taught at UC San Diego

Faculty honors include Nobel Prize, Fields Medal, Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom

170,000 UC San Diego alumni worldwide

800+ alumni have served as Peace Corps volunteers

Top enrollment among San Diego colleges and universities

UC San Diego occupies 1,200 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean

36,400 total campus enrollment (as of fall 2017)

161 National Academy memberships held by current and former faculty

OUR MISSION

UC San Diego is transforming California and a diverse global society by educating, by generating and disseminating knowledge and creative works, and by engaging in public service.

OUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE

We will prepare the next generation of global leaders to channel their passions into driving innovation, fueling economic growth and making our world a better place.

INNOVATION RUNS DEEP. IT’S IN OUR DNA.

Our founders had one criterion: to be distinctive. Explore UC San Diego’s standout moments.

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UC San Diego in the news

“Oh Myyy!” George Takei to Speak at UC San Diego April 26

April 5, 2018

“Oh Myyy!” George Takei to Speak at UC San Diego April 26

UC San Diego’s Ph.D. Programs Dominate U.S. News and World Report’s Best Grad Schools List

March 20, 2018

UC San Diego’s Ph.D. Programs Dominate U.S. News and World Report’s Best Grad Schools List

Campus Welcomes Soda and Swine, Enlists Next Wave Commercial to Attract Innovative Retail Operators

March 22, 2018

Campus Welcomes Soda and Swine, Enlists Next Wave Commercial to Attract Innovative Retail Operators

CREATING A HEALTHIER WORLD,
ONE LIFE AT A TIME

UC San Diego is affiliated with UC San Diego Health, which is consistently ranked among the top health care systems in the nation for advanced specialty care.

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Reimagining Public Art

UC San Diego is home to the world renowned Stuart Collection, a unique assemblage of site-specific works by leading artists of our time. From the iconic “Sun God” sculpture to the gravity-defying “Fallen Star” atop Jacobs Hall, these public art pieces are intimately tied to the identity and life of the campus.

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What's Happening On Campus

72° and sunny almost all year round.
You’ll want to come visit.

Come for the tour, stay for the beach!

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Interested in learning about the art, history and architecture of our campus? Visit our guided Public Tours page for details.