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University of California-San Diego – Tuition & Success Analysis

La Jolla, CA

University of California-San Diego – Snapshot


Four-Year Public University

Undergraduate Enrollment: 28,121

Average annual cost of attendance: $14,775

(National Median: $15,523)

Median student debt for loan recipients: $17,500

Campus Setting: Large City

Religious Affiliation: None

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University of California-San Diego Tuition based on Family Income


For a family income of $0 to $30,000 the average cost is $8,585

For a family income of $30,001 to $48,000 the average cost is $9,541

For a family income of $48,001 to $75,000  the average cost is $13,367

For a family income of $75,001 to $110,000  the average cost is $20,277

For a family income above $110,000 the average cost is $27,866


The “average cost” shown here is a NET cost and reflects the tuition cost after financial aid is taken into account, as reported by University of California-San Diego. This average is based on the students who receive grant or scholarship aid. In-state tuition is used for public schools.

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University of California-San Diego Graduate Success


Graduation rate: 87%

(National Median: 49%)

Students returning after first year: 95%

(National Median: 68%)

Median annual earnings (10 years after first attending): $59,900

(National Median: $33,028. The salary data measures salaries of students who received federal student aid. The Salary data does not break down earnings or graduation rates by major, or by state—an important consideration, since salaries can vary widely depending on geographical region. )

Percentage earning above a high school graduate (6 years after first enrolled): 73%

University of California-San Diego Admissions

University of California-San Diego Acceptance Rate: 36%


Half of the recent accepted students had test scores in the range of:

SAT Math: 610 to 770

SAT Critical Reading: 560 to 680

SAT Writing: 600 to 710

ACT English: 26 to 33

ACT Math: 27 to 33

ACT Writing: N/A to N/A

Twenty-five percent of students accepted to University of California-San Diego actually performed better than the range reported above.  Another twenty-five percent had scores below the reported range.

University of California-San Diego Student Debt


Percentage of students awarded Pell Grants: 35%

Percentage of students receiving federal student loans: 35%

Typical student debt: $17,500

Typical monthly loan payment: $186

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Majors at University of California-San Diego


These are the most popular areas of study offered at University of California-San Diego:

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences – 19%
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services – 5%
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs – 5%
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services – 5%
  • Engineering – 16%
  • English Language and Literature/Letters – 1%
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences – 2%
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics – 1%
  • History – 1%
  • Mathematics and Statistics – 3%
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies – 7%
  • Natural Resources and Conservation – 1%
  • Physical Sciences – 5%
  • Psychology – 8%
  • Social Sciences – 18%
  • Visual and Performing Arts – 3%

For more information about the various majors at University of California-San Diego, visit their website.

University of California-San Diego Diversity


Overall Composition at University of California-San Diego

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend University of California-San Diego full time:  97%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend University of California-San Diego part time:  3%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who are twenty-five years old, or older at University of California-San Diego:  6%

Racial Diversity Composition

American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%

Asian: 36%

Black: 1%

Hispanic: 17%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%

Non-resident alien: 19%

Two or more races: 5%

Unknown: 2%

White: 20%

University of California-San Diego Success Ratios

TUN ratios to help compare schools


Earnings to Debt Ratio: 3.4

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median federal debt of borrowers who graduated. TUN found an average of 2.5 based on data of 3,210 schools.

Earnings to Tuition Ratio: 4.1

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the average annual cost of attendance that financial aid recipients incurred.  TUN found an average of 3.0 based on data of 3,337 schools.

Monthly Liquidity Ratio: 26.8

The median monthly gross earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median monthly debt payment that borrowers who graduated experience with a 10-year repayment schedule. TUN found an average of 19.3 based on data of 3,210 schools.

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