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University of California, San Diego

San Diego, California, United States
The University of California, San Diego is a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public institution that provides opportunity for all. Recognized as one of the top 15 research universities worldwide, a culture of collaboration sparks discoveries that advance society and drive economic impact.

PhD Programmes

Social Sciences (1)



UC San Diego’s origins begin at the ocean at the turn of the 20th century with the creation of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, pictured here circa 1931. Hand-tinted photograph by Barber, L.D. Scripps Institution of Oceanography Archive, UC San Diego.


UC San Diego’s rich academic portfolio includes six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions and five graduate and professional schools. The university’s award-winning scholars are experts at the forefront of their fields with an impressive track record for achieving scientific, medical, creative and technological breakthroughs.


The University of California San Diego is one of the top-ranked public research universities in the nation. This timeline chronicles the development of UC San Diego from the site of a U.S. military training ground and a marine research station to the innovative, vibrant institution that it is today.


As part of our comprehensive commitment to career development, we strive to provide students with the quality training and tools necessary to find meaningful life work. 

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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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.


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

UC San Diego is ideally located near the Pacific Ocean, the U.S.-Mexico border and the Pacific Rim. Our diverse student population is drawn from the best and brightest worldwide. Discover how an education at UC San Diego can be the gateway to your future.

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

At UC San Diego, we encourage you to focus on what excites you - because having a balanced life is essential to success. With more than 500 student organizations on campus, there is no shortage of opportunities to express yourself, grow into a leader and make meaningful connections.


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

San Diego, California, United States

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