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University of California, San Diego

San Diego, California, United States
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.

PhD Programmes

Social Sciences (1)

About

History

The founders of the University of California San Diego had one criterion for the campus: it must be distinctive. This timeline chronicles the development of UC San Diego from the site of a military training ground and a marine research station to the innovative institution that it is today.

Education

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.

Research

As a billion-dollar research enterprise situated in the heart of one of the most densely concentrated innovation hubs in the nation, UC San Diego is a unique place where fresh ideas are translated into solutions to benefit society—from climate science and the human microbiome to nanotechnology and social mobility.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2020
18
2019
18 -3
2018
15
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2021
33 -2
2020
31 -1
2019
30
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2021
54 -9
2020
45 -4
2019
41
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2021
-
2020
19 -2
2019
17
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Student services

Find resources and support to help you improve academic achievement, make connections on campus, and succeed as a student at UC San Diego.

Housing services

We take a proactive approach to cultivating a welcoming environment for all—because excellence is only attainable when everyone is included, respected and empowered. We invite you to engage in self-reflection and dialogue at one of our campus community centers, join our cultural celebrations and become a social justice leader.

Library services

Ranked among the nation's top public academic research libraries, the UC San Diego Library plays an integral role in advancing and supporting the university's research, teaching, and public service missions.

ICT services

Information Technology Services is UC San Diego’s central IT organization, providing information technology services to support business systems, messaging and collaboration, information security, campus infrastructure, educational technology and researcher needs.

Medical services

Student Health Service provides quality primary medical care, including urgent care and support services such as laboratory, pharmacy, and x-ray. SHS has primary care physicians who are board certified in family medicine or internal medicine. Some physicians also have additional training and expertise in gynecology, sports medicine, rheumatology, urgent care, and mental/ behavioral health.

Student Life

Campus life

Located along the sun-soaked Southern California coast, our campus is home to Nobel laureates, MacArthur fellows and National Academy members. Join us and choose to make an impact through our top-ranked undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.

Sports facilities

UC San Diego Athletics is committed to the physical, intellectual and personal development of students, enhancing the overall student life experience, and campus pride. 

Student clubs

As the University and UC San Diego Athletics continue to grow and evolve, we envision ourselves as being one of the premiere NCAA athletics programs in the nation; setting the standard in all aspects of competitive success, academic excellence, ethical conduct, student-athlete experience, campus pride, the development and retention of coaches and staff, and the establishment of lifelong relationships.

Accreditation

UC San Diego is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

San Diego, California, United States

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