University of California, San Diego: Narrative Description

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9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92093
Tel: (858)534-2230; Admissions: (858)534-4831; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of California System. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1959. Setting: 1,976-acre suburban campus with easy access to San Diego. Endowment: $1.2 billion. Research spending 2002-03: $387.9 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $13,253 per student. Total enrollment: 24,707. Faculty: 1,092 (917 full-time, 175 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 43,438 applied, 42% were admitted. 99% from top 10% of their high school class, 100% from top quarter, 100% from top half. 49 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 19,872 students, 52% women, 48% men. 3% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 10% Hispanic, 1% black, 37% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 6% 25 or older, 33% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 93% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; biological/life sciences; engineering/engineering technologies. Core. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Dartmouth College, Spelman College, Morehouse College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Naval (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.8 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT, 3 SAT II Subject Tests (including SAT II: Writing Test). Required for some: minimum 3.4 high school GPA. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: 11/30. Notification: 3/31. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $40. One-time mandatory fee: $597. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $13,730 full-time. Mandatory fees: $5507 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to location. College room and board: $8620. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and location.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 450 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 10% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: cultural organizations, recreational clubs, service organizations, spiritual/religious organizations. Major annual events: Sun God Festival, Winterfest, Fall Festival on the Green. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, crime prevention programs. 6,534 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Geisel Library plus 7 others with 2.9 million books, 2.9 million microform titles, 19,517 serials, 381,099 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $20.4 million. 1,020 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: La Jolla is within the corporate limits of San Diego and is a popular resort with a rocky coast and fine beaches. San Diego lies along and around one of the world's ten most beautiful protected natural harbors, and has a very special seawashed, air-conditioned climate. The maximum average temperature of 70.8 degrees and a minimum of 55.4 degrees makes the climate very special. Amtrak, buses, a trolley system, and major airlines all serve the area. The city is a major center for biomedical, high technology electronics and wireless communication industries. Other industries include shipbuilding, shipping, and fishing. San Diego County is the country's largest producer of avocados. San Diego has a large public library system, hospitals, museums, galleries, and churches. Within San Diego County are numerous golf courses, all aquatic sports, hiking, camping, mountain climbing, horseback riding, snow sports, fishing and hunting. Sea World, the world-famous San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, Balboa Park, and the Anza Borrego Desert State Park also provide recreational opportunities. This is the home of the 1994 AFC Champion San Diego Chargers, the professional football team, and the 1998 National League Champion San Diego Padres professional baseball team. Known as a winter playground, it has 70 miles of beautiful beaches. Population of San Diego is 1,254,000, with a greater metropolitan area population of 2,853,00.

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