About UC San Diego
Nestled along the Pacific Ocean on 1,200 acres of coastal chaparral, UCSD is a powerful magnet for those seeking a fresh approach to education and research. Since its founding over four decades ago, UCSD—one of the ten campuses in the world-renowned University of California system—has rapidly achieved the status as one of the top institutions in the nation for higher education and research.
The university is highly committed to cultivating an intellectual atmosphere where students from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds excel academically. Diversity is an essential component of the university.
The U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges guidebook ranks UC San Diego as the 8th best public university in the nation.
UCSD Faculty Honors in the Arts and Humanities
- American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award: Anthony Davis (1996).
- Pulitzer Prize: Roger Reynolds, music (1989); Rae Armantrout, poetry (2010).
- MacArthur Fellows: Nancy D. Cartwright, philosophy; Patricia Churchland, philosophy; Michael Schudson, communication; and Carol Padden, communication.
- Academy Award: Henrik Wann Jensen, computer science and engineering (2004).
- Tony Award: Judith Dolan, theatre and dance (1997).