University of California-San Diego

Public, Four-years School Located in La Jolla, CA

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How much is the UCSD tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, UCSD's tuition & fees is $15,265 for California residents and $46,042 for out-of-state students.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $37,399 for California residents and $68,176 for out-of-state students when a student lives on-campus.

UCSD Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
California Residents Tuition & Fees$15,265
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$46,042
Books & Supplies Costs$1,175
On-campus Room & Board$16,710
On-campus Expenses$4,249
Off-campus Room & Board$14,372
Off-campus Expenses$4,982
2023-2024 Projection
California Residents Tuition & Fees$15,276
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$46,302

How Much Does it Cost to Go to UCSD for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $195,320 at UCSD. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $286,094. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $197,809.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$47,131$68,762$47,459
Sophomore (2024-25)$48,246$70,570$48,763
Junior (2025-26)$49,387$72,427$50,104
Senior (2026-27)$50,556$74,334$51,483
4 Years Total$195,320$286,094$197,809
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$48,246$70,570$48,763
Sophomore (2025-26)$49,387$72,427$50,104
Junior (2026-27)$50,556$74,334$51,483
Senior (2027-28)$51,752$76,292$52,901
4 Years Total$199,941$293,624$203,251
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$49,387$72,427$50,104
Sophomore (2026-27)$50,556$74,334$51,483
Junior (2027-28)$51,752$76,292$52,901
Senior (2028-29)$52,976$78,303$54,358
4 Years Total$204,671$301,357$208,846
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$50,556$74,334$51,483
Sophomore (2027-28)$51,752$76,292$52,901
Junior (2028-29)$52,976$78,303$54,358
Senior (2029-30)$54,229$80,368$55,857
4 Years Total$209,512$309,298$214,599
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$51,752$76,292$52,901
Sophomore (2028-29)$52,976$78,303$54,358
Junior (2029-30)$54,229$80,368$55,857
Senior (2030-31)$55,512$82,489$57,398
4 Years Total$214,469$317,453$220,513

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, UCSD' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $12,960. Compared to public, four-years colleges in California, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $13,259.
University of California-San Diego$15,265$46,042
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
California Four-years Colleges$20,867
Public Schools$4,034$13,259
Private Schools$23,111

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between UCSD and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (public, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
University of California-San DiegoLa Jolla, CA$15,265$46,042
Stony Brook UniversityStony Brook, NY$10,560$30,350
University of California-DavisDavis, CA$15,247$46,024
Ohio State University-Main CampusColumbus, OH$12,859$38,365
Florida State UniversityTallahassee, FL$5,656$18,786
University of ConnecticutStorrs, CT$20,366$43,034
North Carolina State University at RaleighRaleigh, NC$8,895$31,767
University of GeorgiaAthens, GA$11,180$30,220
University of MississippiUniversity, MS$9,412$26,980
Texas A & M University-College StationCollege Station, TX$13,099$40,328
Missouri University of Science and TechnologyRolla, MO$14,278$31,678

Financial Aid and COA

At University of California-San Diego, 19,359 students (58%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $20,811.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at UCSD is $47,365 for students living on-campus and $45,760 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 4,572 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $20,782 and the average amount of student loans is $6,437.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
California ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (on-campus)$37,399$68,176
COA (off-campus)$35,794$66,571
Tuition & Fees$15,265$46,042
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$22,134$22,134
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$20,529$20,529
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$16,588$47,365
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$14,983$45,760
Average Financial Aid$20,811$20,811
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship19,35958%$20,811
Pell Grants10,64732%$5,537
Federal Student Loan8,01824%$5,320
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid4,57261%-
Grants or Scholarships4,14355%$20,782
Federal Grants3,33344%$6,500
Pell Grants2,16029%$5,734
Other Federal Grants3,32944%$2,788
State/Local Grants2,58234%$10,545
Institutional Grants3,26443%$11,398
Student Loan Aid1,93926%$6,437
Federal Student Loans1,88025%$4,557
Other Student Loans5267%$7,440
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level2,8132,628$20,205
110,001 or more505330$4,974

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

UCSD's acceptance rate is 34.20%. A total of 118,386 applicants applied to and 40,493 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 7,544 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 18.63%.
To apply to UCSD, 4 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record, Completion of college-preparatory program and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
Acceptance Rate34.20%32.08%36.12%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)18.63%18.63%18.63%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither Required Nor Recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsNeither Required Nor Recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresNeither Required Nor Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

Student Population

University of California-San Diego has a total of 42,006 students including 33,096 undergraduate and 8,910 graduate students. By gender, there are 21,160 male students and 20,725 female students attending UCSD. The school offers online degree programs and 48 students enrolled online exclusively (0.11% of all students).
Total41,885 21,16020,725
Undergraduate33,343 16,24217,101
Graduate8,542 4,9183,624

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered255 Programs
Graduate Program Offered149 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate23.71%
Student Population42,006
Graduation Rate87%
Retention Rate93% (Full-time), 78% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate19 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties2,799 (Full-time), 634 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs14,306 (Full-time), 1,960 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$152,248
Average Staff Salary$81,387