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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
5th best public university across the globe. (Times Higher Education, 2018)
10th Among the top 10 public universities in the nation for more than a decade. (U.S. News & World Report 2017)
15th best university in the world. (Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2017)
1st for enrolling and graduating women in STEM. (BestColleges.com, 2016)
6th in the nation for earning potential of graduates. (New York Times, 2017)
6th in the world for high-quality science research. (Nature, 2017)
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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
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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
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Community Impact

UC San Diego volunteers helping
  Designated an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus
#1 employer based in San Diego
5th in the nation for social mobility (New York Times, 2017)
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
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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)
8 nationally ranked medical specialties (U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals, 2018)
100+ physicians named Top Docs (San Diego Magazine, 2017)
749,500+ total yearly outpatient visits to UC San Diego Health
Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality (Human Rights Campaign, 2017)
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