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UC San Diego 10-Year Transformation

By the numbers

In the 10 years since it was published, UC San Diego’s first-ever strategic plan has guided the educational excellence, unprecedented growth and the physical, cultural and intellectual transformation of our top-10 university. We have reimagined what it means to be a contemporary public university and have driven extraordinary accomplishments through our student-centered, research-focused and service-oriented vision. As we embark on a refresh of the strategic plan, we celebrate our many achievements over the past 10 years as a global leader in education, research, arts and culture, and patient care and prepare for the next decade of prestige and distinction.

UC San Diego Rankings


In global ranking for most influential researchers


Among the nation's top public colleges (Forbes, 2023)


In the nation in university

Driving Groundbreaking Research

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62% increase in annual research funding and more than $167 million in funding from NSF.

Powering Innovation

400 Unique inventions

229 Patents worldwide

1,000+ Licensed startups and companies

Diversifying Our Campus Community


Increase in women faculty


Increase in Latinx/Chicanx faculty


Increase in Black faculty

Improving Student Outcomes

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18% increase in four-year graduation rate, 20% increase in two-year graduation rate among community college transfers and 43% increase in graduate degrees awarded.

Expanding Access

Increase in undergraduate students
Increase in
under-represented students
Increase in first-year applications

World-Class Patient Care

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Top 20 UC San Diego Health national ranking of top 20 health systems nationally, first geriatric emergency room in the Western U.S. and $550 million in community benefit programs.

Increasing Student Housing

Transition to DI Athletics.

Record-Breaking Campaign


Raised in the
10-year Campaign for UC San Diego




Raised for student support and access

Expanding Student Support

315 New scholarship funds established

2,577Scholarships provided through the Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program

180 New fellowship funds