UCSD: The Institution
Innovation is our
tradition: Nestled along the Pacific Ocean on 1,200 acres of coastal
woodland, UCSD is a powerful magnet for those seeking a fresh, next-generation
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. UCSD¡¯s interdisciplinary ethos and
tradition of innovation and risk-taking, underlie its research strength and
ability to recruit top scholars and students.
Budget: UCSD¡¯s annual revenues are $1.9 billion. (33% of
this total is from the federal government for research; 14% is from the State of
California for education.)
Students: UCSD received over 40,000 applications for
fall 2005 admission (the second highest application rate in the University of
California system and possibly in the nation). The average high school GPA of
enrolled freshmen for fall 2005 was 3.93 and average SATI score was 1251. Total
campus enrollment for fall ¡®05 was approximately 26,140. UCSD ranks 2nd
nationally among major research universities sending students abroad in
full-year programs, and 3rd among University of California schools in graduation
rates at 83%.
Impact: UCSD is an engine for regional economic growth. UCSD faculty
and alums have spun-off close to 200 local companies, including over a third of
the region¡¯s biotech companies. In addition, UCSD is San Diego County¡¯s largest
single employer, with a monthly payroll in excess of $76 million, and over
Specialized Resources: UCSD¡¯s graduate and professional
schools include Scripps Institution of Oceanography; School of Medicine; School
of International Relations and Pacific Studies; Center for U.S. ? Mexican
Studies; Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Jacobs School of
Engineering (graduate and undergraduate), and Rady School of Management. The
campus is also home to the San Diego Supercomputer Center; California Institute
for Information Technology and Telecommunications (Calit2); Center for Research
in Computing and the Arts; Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation; and
Institute of the Americas.
The 2005 Academic Rankings of World
Universities conducted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China ranked UCSD
UCSD was named
the ¡°hottest¡± institution in the nation for students to study science by
Newsweek and the 2006 Kaplan/Newsweek
Research Council ranks UCSD 10th in the nation in the quality of its
faculty and graduate programs.(The top ten, in rank order, are: UC
Berkeley, MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, CalTech, Yale, Chicago, Cornell and
UCSD). The NRC ranks oceanography and neurosciences 1st in the
UCSD was ranked
the 8th best university in the nation by the Washington
Monthly¡¯s 2005 College Guide, based on the positive impact the university
has had on the country.
6th in the nation in National Academy of Sciences membership.
(The top ten, in rank order, are: Harvard, UC Berkeley, Stanford, MIT, Yale,
UCSD, CalTech, Princeton, Cornell and Chicago.)
News and World Report ranks UCSD as 7th best public
university in the nation, and 32nd among the nation¡¯s top 50 universities.
Foreign Policy ranked UCSD 9th in the nation for
international relations studies and 10th for international public policy
2005 global rankings
compiled by The (London) Times Higher Education Supplement
placed UCSD 42nd in a table of the world¡¯s 200 best
research funding for 2004-05 was $728.3 million. The National Science Foundation
ranks UCSD 7th in the nation in federal R&D expenditures.
(The top ten research universities, in rank order, are: Johns Hopkins, UCLA,
Michigan, Wisconsin-Madison, Washington, UCSF, UCSD, Stanford, Pennsylvania and
The Institute for Scientific
Information (ISI) ranks UCSD the 9th most-cited institution in the
world, based on its published research in science and the social
sciences from 1995-2005.
ISI also ranks UCSD
5th highest impact research institution in the nation for
economics and business, 2nd in the nation for the most cited
clinical medicine research papers, and 3rd in the nation for
the most influential research in pharmacology from 1995-2005. Science Watch
lists Michael Karin, Mol.Bio./Genetics, as 12th among the 20 most cited
researchers of the past two decades.
In the 2005 survey of
graduate programs by U.S. News, the Jacobs School of Engineering and the School
of Medicine both ranked 2nd in the nation for research
expenditures per faculty member. Total federal, state and industry research
support at the School of Medicine is $242 million, and at the Jacobs School,
Current Faculty Honors
Prize: George E. Palade, 1974, physiology/medicine; Renato Dulbecco,
1975, physiology/medicine; Harry Markowitz, 1990, economics; Paul Crutzen, 1995,
chemistry; Mario J. Molina, 1995, chemistry; Sydney Brenner, 2002, medicine;
Clive W.J. Granger and Robert F. Engle, 2003, economics.
Medal: Professor of mathematics Efim Zelmanov.
Prize: Freeman Gilbert, SIO professor (1990), and Wolfgang Berger, SIO
Medal of Science: Astrophysicist Margaret Burbidge and oceanographer
Walter Munk (1985); physician/scientist George Palade (1986); nuclear physicist
Marshall N. Rosenbluth (1998); and bioengineer Yuan-Chen Fung (2000).
Humanities Medal: Latin American history scholar Ramon Eduardo Ruiz
Prize: Roger Reynolds (1989) Music.
Prize: Oceanographer Walter Munk (1999)
Fermi Award: Physicist Herbert F. York (2000).
Foundation Awards: Guillermo Algaze, anthropology; Nancy D. Cartwright,
philosophy; Patricia Churchland, philosophy; Michael Freedman, mathematics;
Ramon Gutierrez, history and ethnic studies; Edwin Hutchins, cognitive science;
Russell Lande, biology; Michael Schudson, communications, and Emily Thompson,
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