University Communications and Public Affairs


Founded as an experiment in 1960, UC San Diego embodies the spirit of innovators and disruptors who challenge the status quo for the sake of something better. As one of the top 15 research universities in the world, we are driving change far beyond our walls to advance society and propel economic growth. And the world has taken notice.

About UC San Diego: Rankings and Fun Facts

UC San Diego Geisel library
1st best public university in the U.S. for social mobility. (Washington Monthly, 2018) Read more
1st for enrolling and graduating women in STEM. (BestColleges.com, 2016) Read more
2nd in the nation for "Best Colleges for Your Money." (Money Magazine, 2018) Read more
6th in the world for high-quality science research. (Nature, 2017) Read more
12th Among the top 15 public universities in the nation for more than a decade. (U.S. News & World Report 2018) Read more
15th best university in the world. (Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2018) Read more
More Rankings and Fun Facts

Our Campus Community

UC San Diego healthcare students
36,624 total students (fall 2017)
28,587 undergraduate students
8,037 graduate and professional students
2,535 faculty members
33,226 staff members
185,000+ alumni
More Campus Community Rankings

Academic Rankings and Research Impact

UC San Diego students at Price Center building
11 divisions and schools
130+ undergraduate majors
6 undergraduate residential colleges
19:1 faculty-to-student ratio
$1 billion+ annual research funding
100+ research centers
More Academic Rankings

Community Impact

UC San Diego volunteers helping
  Designated an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus. Read more
#1 employer based in San Diego
5th in the nation for social mobility (New York Times, 2017) Read more
1,000+ companies utilize, or have utilized, technology created at UC San Diego
12 innovation spaces and programs
60+ student organizations focus on service
3 million annual community service hours by faculty, staff and student volunteers
More Community Impact Rankings

Transforming Health Care

UC San Diego healthcare students working with new technology
2 professional schools (medicine and pharmacy)
17th best school of medicine in the nation (U.S. News and World Report, 2019)
6 nationally ranked medical specialties (U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals, 2018-19) Read more
100+ physicians named Top Docs (San Diego Magazine, 2018) Read more
749,500+ total yearly outpatient visits to UC San Diego Health
Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality (Human Rights Campaign, 2018) Read more
More Health Care Rankings