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    UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - [UCSD], SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - RANKING

    San Diego, CaliforniaLocation
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    EStd 1960established year
    33935enrollment
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    University of California - San Diego Ranking 2020-21: Global, National and Subject-wise Ranking

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    Admissions at the University of California, San Diego are fairly competitive as the acceptance rate is 30%. The University’s School of Medicine and Jacobs School of Engineering are highly ranked. The University’s ranking in the 2021 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities is #35 by the US News and 33rd in World University Rankings for 2021 by The World Rankings of Times Higher Education.

    The University is also known for its International House, where 350+ students from more than 30 countries lodge together.

    The University of California- San Diego is also highly ranked in California, standing at the 9th spot for the best University in the state, ranked by the Times Higher Education, competing with other premier-level names in the states that include Stanford University, California Institute of Technology, University of California-Berkeley.

    Ranking Highlights

    • Ranked 33rd in World University Rankings 2021 by The World Rankings of Times Higher Education.
    • Ranked 54th in QS Global World Ranking 2021
    • Ranked 34th in CWUR’s World Ranking for 2021
    • Ranked 21st in Best Global Universities Rankings 2021 by US News
    • Ranked 35th in National Universities (in the US) Rankings 2021 by US News

    University of California, San Diego World Ranking

    University of California, San Diego or commonly referred to as UC San Diego is a highly regarded research institution, ranked 33rd in The World Rankings by Times Higher Education, 54th in the world by the QS Global World Ranking, CWUR’s World Rankings gave it the 34th place in the world, stood 21st in the world for the Academic Ranking of World Universities, and is the 16th best university in the world by US News’ Best Global Universities Rankings 2021.

    The World University Rankings by Times Higher Education reveal that the University has constantly been in the 30s and 40s of the world rankings. Ranking criteria include various factors like teaching, research, citations, income, and international reputation. 2019 was by far the best year ranking data-wise, being placed at the 30th spot. Rankings of past five years can be seen in the table below.

    Years 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    THE Ranking #41 #31 #30 #31 #33

    Now the ranking trends from 2017 by QS World University Ranking are described in the picture below. Factors taken into consideration while ranking the university are Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Citations, International Faculty, and Students. The university went up initially and had the top ranking for the year 2018 but has again gone down for the past three years.

    Years 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    QS World University Ranking #40 #38 #41 #45 #54

    University of California, San Diego National Ranking

    US rankings for UC San Diego have been in the thirties for the past few years as shown by various ranking agencies. The University is also among the top ten universities in California. Following are the rankings described by various top agencies -

    • Ranked 35th in National Universities (in the US) Rankings 2021 by US News
    • Ranked 26th in US Universities Rankings 2021 by QS
    • Ranked 39th in US College Rankings 2021 by Times Higher Education
    • Ranked 22nd in the National Rankings by CWUR
    • Ranked 9th in California State by Times Higher Education

    University of California, San Diego Subject-wise Ranking

    The undergraduate program offers about 120+ courses within 6 departments, namely Engineering, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Science, Mathematics and Arts, and Humanities. The postgraduate degree program includes 35 courses and the doctoral program (Ph.D.) has 47 courses.

    The university is known for its top-notch medical science and pharmacy courses. In recent years, Engineering and Computer Science have also become the most significant degree programs offered at UC San Diego. The QS world rankings by subject for the university have varying trends. The rankings for some popular subjects offered at the university are-

    Subject QS World Ranking
    Geology 20th
    Earth and Marine Sciences 23rd
    Pharmacy & Pharmacology 12th
    Engineering - Electrical and Electronic 40th
    Chemistry 44th
    Biological Sciences 11th
    Medicine 23rd
    Life Sciences and Medicine 14th
    Psychology 36th

    Other disciplines in Engineering and Sciences, Management, Art and Design, and Literature among many are also ranked among the top 100 in the world by the QS Rankings. The US News Rankings also places the University of California, San Diego at top spots for various Engineering and Computer Science related programs, namely 22nd Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs and 12th in Computer Systems. Rankings given by the US News for various subjects globally are-

    Subject US News Ranking
    Biology and Biochemistry 8th
    Biotechnology and Applied Microbiology 6th
    Cell Biology 6th
    Clinical Medicine 19th
    Computer Science 21st
    Gastroenterology and Hepatology 1st
    Microbiology 5th
    Molecular Biology and Genetics 12th
    Neuroscience and Behavior 41st
    Physics 28th
    Plant and Animal Science 23rd
    Psychiatry/Psychology 28th
    Public, Environmental, and Occupational Health 27th
    Social Sciences and Public Health 32nd
    Surgery 56th

    University of California, San Diego Miscellaneous Rankings

    Other miscellaneous rankings by valid agencies and organizations are given as-

    • Ranked 13th in Quality of Faculty Rank in the world by CWUR
    • Ranked 116th in Quality of Education Rank in the world by CWUR
    • Ranked 11th in Best Colleges for Public Health in America by Niche
    • Ranked 137th in Best Colleges for Student Athletes in America by Niche

    So, the rankings clearly conclude that the University of California, San Diego is a peak-level institute. The university offers one of the best medical programs and undergraduate computer science programs. Thus, if one passes through the acceptance rate of 30%, they must grab this top opportunity for a bright future.

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