UC San Diego Class of 2027 Discussion

Welcome prospective Tritons. It’s that time of year again as the UC application has now opened and submission starts October 1 through November 30. I am @Gumbymom one of the two UC Forum Champions/Moderators. My Co-Forum Champion is @lkg4answers and we are knowledgeable on the increasingly complicated UC admissions process and hopefully we can help any prospective UC applicants with their questions.

UC San Diego like all the UC’s are test blind and will use 13 areas of criteria to review Freshman applicants. Each campus will weight the various areas of criteria differently so one size does not fit all. The UC application website has plenty of information that can help determine if UC San Diego is a good option when applying. Below is some admit information specific to the school.




  • Very important : Academic GPA, Personal Insight questions, Rigor of secondary school record
  • Important : Character/personal qualities, Extracurricular activities, First generation college student, State residency, Talent/ability, Volunteer work
  • Considered: ELC eligibility, First generation, Work Experience
  • Note: . Admission for out-of-state applicants more selective than for residents.

The campus does not admit students on the basis of academic major or choice of UC San Diego undergraduate college. Alternate majors are considered. Also note: Capped majors require additional pre-req courses and specific GPA to be able to qualify for changing majors.

**Starting in Fall 2022, the incoming CSE class is growing and it will be hard (if not impossible) for students to switch into CSE majors if they are not admitted directly.

Best of luck to all applicants and here is a link to last year’s discussion thread: https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/t/uc-san-diego-freshman-class-of-2026-discussion

If you are applying to UCSD, you will be asked to rank the different colleges.

The UCSD website has information about each college and allows you to compare the UCSD colleges.

Each college has their own general education (GE) requirements and each college offers different credit for AP courses.

At UCSD, your first year housing will be in your college. There are certain Living Learning Communities that are in specific colleges. If you are interested in that LLC, you will want to rank your colleges accordingly.

UCSD has several capped majors. They strongly recommend, if you are selecting a capped major as your first choice, that you select a non-capped major as your alternative choice.

Hi everyone! I’m a current UCSD student- if you have any questions on how to rank the UCSD college please message me! I’m always down to help potential Triton :))


Hows the business major at UCSD, is it capped major and any guidance you can provide related to this major.

Here are the Capped majors at UCSD:

Majors with capped status – for all students:

Are you asking about Business Economics or International Business for UCSD?

yes Gumbymom

I have no specific insights to Business Econ or IB but just getting clarification in the hopes another poster or @smilely_face101 can answer your question.

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@smilely_face101 I’m curious what kids think of Seventh College. Is it pretty far from the center of campus? Any less social because housing is apartment style?

Have you heard any rumors about Eighth College?

So neither of the business majors offered at UCSD are capped majors, fortunately! I have a friend in the business-econ program and she is really enjoying it! The econ classes are def harder than the business classes, but its good overall. If you have any specific questions, lmk!


UCSD is a huge campus in general so all the colleges are decently far from each other, but you are absolutely correct in saying that Seventh is farther than everything else. Luckily there is a campus shuttle take will take students from Seventh to other locations on campus, so it isn’t horrible. But I don’t think the apartment-style housing makes the college any more social or not.
Eighth College is currently still in the works- it is also incredibly far from everything as well and there is no ocean view to make up for it. I heard a small rumor that Marshall College may be getting rebuilt so Marshall students might be moved there. If this is true, then it will be happening years into the future!

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Hi, I asked this on the UCLA board, but I think the answer could be different for UCSD. If you are leaning arts/humanities, is there a disadvantage to marking your major as undeclared?

UCSD admits into the University first and then into the major. Alternate majors are also considered. Applying as Undeclared is not an issue as long as the student does not plan to pursue any of the Capped Majors.

Majors with capped status – for all students: