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University of California, San Diego - 2016

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General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations


Admission requirements vary depending on applicant type. Undergraduate applicants can contact the Admissions office at (858) 534-4831 or visit the Admissions and Outreach website ( The UCSD General Catalog can be found on-line at Graduate applicants can contact Graduate Studies and Research at (858) 534-3555 or visit their website (


The university’s minimum undergraduate admission requirements, which are the same for all UC campuses, are based on three principles. They are:
1. the best predictor of success in the university is high scholarship in previous work
2. the study of certain subjects in high school gives a student good preparation for university work and reasonable freedom in choosing an area for specialized study
3. standardized assessment tests provide a broad base for comparison and mitigate the effects of differing grading practices

Academic preparation is the principal basis for gaining admission to UC San Diego. Students are encouraged to pursue the most rigorous academic curriculum possible, including honors, Advanced Placement (AP) courses, and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, in order to prepare for the university experience. High test scores are necessary in conjunction with strong performance in classes and a consistent pattern of courses. Applicants who have not had the opportunity to take AP or IB courses or who have not taken exams for these courses will not be disadvantaged.

The academic requirements for admission are minimum entrance standards. Students admitted to UC San Diego are chosen from a large number of highly competitive applicants, most of who will have greatly exceeded the minimum requirements. Selection, therefore, depends on additional factors.