2022 Pricing: UC San Diego

CTAS cost forecasts for University of California – San Diego’s 22/23 academic year and full 4-year program

CTAS is sharing its projections for 2022/23 academic year costs with information on individual colleges as a recurring feature.  Similar information for over 3,000 2- and 4-year schools is available at the CTAS site.

This post projects average net costs for University of California – San Diego (UCSD).

Like the Cal system as a whole, UCSD prioritizes serving state residents, with out-of-state students traditionally comprising under 10% of entering classes.  And also like other Cal system schools, out-of-state recruiting has in recent years become more of an emphasis. UCSD welcomed its largest ever proportion of non-resident first years in 2019 (13% of entering full-timers) among an overall entering class that was up significantly from prior years.  This out-of-state recruitment receives limited financial aid support; internal estimates indicate UCSD is awarding less aid to non-Californians than some other Cal campuses.  Admissions are fairly competitive overall (34% for 2021 first-year applicants) but it is relatively easy for out-of-state students to get in (59% acceptance rate for first-year non-resident US applicants, similar to prior years), in the midst of surging overall applications before and into the latest cycle.  So UCSD is opting to generate tuition revenues at the expense of out-of-state admissions standards to gain enrollment.  Once there, students love it – UCSD boasts outstanding retention of first years, with 93% opting to return for a second year (2019), a figure that is actually down a bit from prior history.  The data overall shows a flourishing institution enjoying enrollment success and high levels of student satisfaction.

These projections represent informational projections that will change over time and are not a commitment either by CTAS or the applicable colleges.  Figures are rounded to the $500 avoid false specificity. Final net cost numbers will differ from these estimates for many reasons: changes to economic trends, decisions by the colleges both about their own policy and enrollment, as well as decisions about individual students.  Estimates of full program costs assume graduation in 4-years (for Bachelor’s) or 2-years (Associate) without any gaps, delays or added semesters/quarters.  We take pride in our numbers so, if you believe any should be corrected, please reach out to us at support@collegetuitionadvisoryservices.com and we will work with you to resolve the issue.

An aerial view of the UCSD campus


Average Net Cost is a consumer-centric metric which shows costs as they are presented in commercial transactions outside of higher education.  It represents a full-time student’s cost of attending college including: tuition, room & board, fees and estimates of supplies less institutional aid of all kinds (including need-based and merit), and less federal and state/local aid.  Loans and other repayable amounts, along with work study earnings, are excluded and do not reduce the cost.  Room and board charges are on-campus costs for residential colleges; for students attending non-residential institutions, the college’s own estimate of such off-campus costs is mostly used.  CTAS’ Net Cost differs from the Net Price figure self-reported by colleges because it is comprehensive and covers all entering students, including the approximately 40% not included in Net Price calculations.

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