|97,670||Freshman applicants (Fall 2017)|
|4.14||Admitted freshman average GPA|
|17,745||Transfer applicants (Fall 2017)|
|3.51||Admitted transfer average GPA|
|91%||Come from California Community College|
Degrees Conferred 2017
|235||Candidate in Philosophy|
Graduate and Professional Students
|753||MD and Pharmacy students|
UC San Diego faculty members are sought-after experts in their fields, always pushing new frontiers. As teachers, they engage the next generation in hands-on learning, offering mentorship and insights to students. As scholars, they challenge preconceptions, tackle inequality and lead the way to new insights. In recognition, UC San Diego faculty have garnered some of the top awards in the nation, from the Nobel Prize to McArthur “Genius” grants and Academy Award.
|By the Numbers|
|1,317||Number of ladder-rank faculty|
|1,228||Student teachers and research assistants|
Current Faculty Awards
|201||Memberships held by current and emeriti faculty in National Academy of Sciences (73), National Academy of Engineering (84) and National Academy of Medicine (44).|
|16||Number of Nobel Laureates who have taught on campus.|
|National Medal of Science||Margaret Burbidge, astrophysics (1983); Walter Munk, geophysics (1983); Craig Venter, pharmacology (2009); Marye Anne Fox, chemistry (2010); and Shu Chien, bioengineering (2011).|
|Breakthrough Prize||Dr. Napoleone Ferrara (2012); Don Cleveland (2017); James McKernan (2017); Joanne Chory (2017)|
|Fields Medal||Michael Freedman, mathematics (1986); and Efim Zelmanov, mathematics (1994).|
|Kyoto Prize||Walter Munk, geophysics (1999).|
|Tony Award||Judith Dolan, theatre and dance (1997).|
|John von Neumann Theory Prize in Mathematics||Ruth Williams (2016).|
|MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship||Edwin Hutchins, cognitive science (1985); Nancy D. Cartwright, philosophy (1993); Kun-Liang Guan, pharmacology (1998); Guillermo Algaze, anthropology (2003); and Carol Padden, communication (2010).|
|Pulitzer Prize||Roger Reynolds, music (1989); and Rae Armantrout, poetry (2010).|
|Presidential Medal of Freedom||Mario Molina (2013).|
|Grammy Award||Kamau Kenyatta (2014).|
|Wolf Prize||George Feher, chemistry (2007).|
|Academy Award||Henrik Wann Jensen, computer science and engineering (2004).|
|#1||UC San Diego is the top employer based in San Diego County.|
|33,226||Total number of full and part-time academic and staff employees at UC San Diego (as of April 2017).|
|By the Numbers|
|185,000||UC San Diego alumni worldwide|
|67.7%||Live in California|
|26%||Live in San Diego County|
|J. Craig Venter
National Medal of Science honoree and one of the first to sequence the human genome.
One of the most recorded bassists in history.
NASA astronaut and the first scientist to sequence DNA in space.
|Wong Fu Productions
Asian American filmmaking group.
Founder and CEO of GoPro.
First chief data scientist for the White House.
|Kim Stanley Robinson
American science fiction writer.
Actress, writer, producer and humanitarian.
Television and film writer and director.