UC San Diego: Admission Statistics 2024

When embarking on the college search process, it’s essential to gather accurate and reliable information about prospective universities. One valuable resource for this purpose is the Common Data Set (CDS) but navigating through a college’s Common Data Set can be a time-consuming task. In this blog post, we have compiled the essential information from UC San Diego’s latest admission statistics to allow you to grasp quickly and save time. 

Understanding the Common Data Set (CDS)

The Common Data Set is a standardized questionnaire that collects essential information about colleges and universities. It covers a wide range of areas, including admission statistics, enrollment figures, student demographics, financial aid, academic programs, and more. The CDS is collaboratively maintained by higher education institutions and is designed to provide accurate and comparable data for prospective students, parents, and researchers. It simplifies the college search process by providing standardized information in a consistent format, allowing for easier comparison and informed decision-making. 

UC San Diego Common Data Set 

Quick facts:

  • Location: 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla
  • State: California
  • Institution: Public
  • Undergraduate Institution: Coeducational
  • Academic year calendar: Quarter
  • Retention Rate: 94%
  • Total Undergraduate Students Enrolled: 33,792
  • SAT and ACT Policies: Not considered even if submitted
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 19:1

Factors in Admission Decisions


Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Class Rank


Extracurricular Activities
Character/personal qualities
State Residency
Volunteer work
First Generation
Geographical Residence
Work experience

GPA Breakdown

30.2% of enrolled students have a GPA of 4.0 

51.9% of enrolled students have a GPA between 3.75 and 3.99

15.5% of enrolled students have a GPA between 3.50 and 3.74

2.2% of enrolled students have a GPA between 3.25 and 3.49

0.2% of enrolled students have a GPA between 3.00 and 3.24

Admission Facts

  • Application Closing Date: November 30
  • EA/ED: No

Student Life Information

Student Diversity

Total Undergraduates (Both degree-seeking and non-degree seeking, including first-year)

  • 3,986 International (nonresidents) students
  • 8,537 Hispanic/Latino students
  • 606 Black or African American, non-Hispanic students
  • 6,141 White, non-Hispanic students
  • 28 American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic students
  • 11,598 Asian, non-Hispanic students
  • 23 Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic students 
  • 2,143 students with two or more races, non-Hispanic
  • 730 students with race and/or ethnicity unknown


$70 Application Fee

$13,752 In-state Tuition Fee

$46,326 Out-of-state/International Tuition Fee

$4,728 Required Fees

$17,325 Food and Housing (On campus)

The data presented here was collected from the UC San Diego Common Data Set 2023-2024.

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