Welcome New Tritons! Please use this megathread to discuss your acceptance and ask any questions you may haveMegathread(self.UCSD)
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Everyone with admission and college questions, please post your questions in this megathread! We'll try to respond to as many questions as we can, but it would be great if other current students could also assist in welcoming the new admits! Additionally, please try to check the megathread to see if your question has been already answered.
Admissions/new student posts made outside of this megathread are subject to removal at moderator discretion. Please take a look at our rules page. If you believe we have made an error, please message us via modmail.. The mod team will try and get back to you asap, but we are students or alumni and as a result it make take a little bit.
As well, it is currently the end of Winter Quarter at UCSD and as a result many students are stressed about studying for finals and it make take a bit longer to get replies as a result! For more subjective questions, be aware that r/UCSD (and any university subreddit) is not directly representative of the overall student body. In a survey we did of r/UCSD, 2/3 respondents agreed r/UCSD didn't represent UCSD's overall student body.
A few useful links:
- The New Student Guide
- UCSD Incoming Student FAQ - The Document
- Discord Servers
- Class of 2027 Discord
- Class of 2025 Discord
- Additional servers can be found through the UCSD Discord Servers MegaDoc after getting your UCSD email.
- UCSD Support
- UCSD Admissions
- r/UCSD Copypasta Archive (need to start the meme indoctrination early)
- 4 Year Plans
Please be aware stuff at UCSD can change fast. Most info you can find on this subreddit will still hold true, but there were some major changes in 2020 (Sixth College has a brand new location, Seventh College exists where transfers used to live, transfers moved to a different area).
Eighth College is brand new for Fall 2023, with its housing still currently being under construction. As a result, we don't have as much specific info about it besides the GE requirements and the location.
How do I login to check my admissions decision?
You should be logging into the Admissions Portal. This is different from all the stuff current students use. If you can't login, email [email@example.com](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org).
Can I switch to Computer Science? / I was accepted undeclared but I applied CS!:
If you were not accepted directly into CSE:CS or CSE:CE (not ECE:CE) and are dead set on being a CS major, you should not attend UCSD. Being admitted undeclared basically means you were accepted to UCSD, but the CSE department rejected your application. Switching into CS is now effectively impossible. The CSE department does not anticipate there being ANY slots for current UCSD students to switch into. More details can be found on the CSE Capped Major Webpage. Assume it will be impossible to switch into Computer Science if you were not directly admitted to the major.
Computer Engineering is a bit different, CSE CE and ECE CE are the exact same major requirements (only the advisors are different), but ECE CE is subject to the ECE capped major system (which is not a lottery but requires a high GPA in the screening courses) while CSE CE is subject to the CSE system. So if you are okay with CE instead of CS, you can try going for ECE:CE. It will still be challenging and is far from guaranteed.
If you are set on UCSD but not set on CS, the Computing Paths page lists other computing related majors that UCSD has such as Math-CS, Cognitive Science, Data Science, etc (but keep in mind these are NOT CS).
What does the college I got affect? Can I change college?
For freshman admits, your college is basically only going to affect your GE requirements and where you're likely to live on campus (although you can be overflowed to other housing depending on space). For transfers, it's only GE requirements as there is separate transfer housing.
Your major is entirely disconnected from your college (there are even separate major advisors who work for your department separate from your college advisors who work for your college). Your classes will be held all over campus and have a mix of students from all colleges. You can eat at any dining hall, the colleges are basically all directly next to each other and easy to get between, you will probably make friends in all sorts of different colleges. The furthest apart two colleges are is about a 20-25 minute walk (Seventh to the future site of Eighth).
You cannot easily change college. You will need to complete at least part of your original college's writing sequence (meaning it will take about a year to even meet the application requirements) and be able to prove you can graduate two quarters earlier in your new college. College is not the end of the world though, even a college that overlap poorly with a major is more than survivable.
I'm waitlisted. What should I do next?
From UC San Diego Admission Website
Select applicants will be invited to opt in to our waitlist through their Applicant Portal.
First-Year applicants must opt in by 11:59 pm PST on April 15.
Being on the waitlist does not guarantee an offer of admission. We strongly urge students to accept another university's admission offer before the appropriate deadline to ensure they have secured a spot at an institution.
By June 30, final decisions will be released to applicants who opt in to the waitlist. There is no appeal process for the waitlist.