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The University of California, San Diego earned national recognition and some headlines when it was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top-performing center for higher education in the news publication’s annual “Best Colleges” guidebook.

UC San Diego is one of the nation's best

Late last year, U.S. News released its “2016 Best Colleges” guidebook and UC San Diego was ranked among the best in the nation. UC San Diego was ranked the 9th best public university in America and two of its programs were also recognized for their excellence. UC San Diego has claimed one of the top ten spots on U.S. News' list every year for more than a decade.

UC San Diego also tied with the University of California for the #39 spot on U.S. News' "Best National Universities" list. The ranking was earned based on UC San Diego's overall score of 62, which was determined by evaluating key indicators, such as average freshman retention rates, class size, acceptance and graduation rates, and student to faculty ratio, which are listed below:

  • Average freshman retention rate: 95%
  • Student to faculty ratio: 19:1
  • Acceptance rate: 33.5%
  • Graduation rate: 57% (4-year)
  • Graduation rate: 86% (6-year)

UC San Diego was founded in 1960 and currently serves 24,810 enrolled undergraduate students on a campus that stretches across nearly 2,000 acres. The university’s annual in-state tuition rate is $14,042.

According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, UC San Diego also earned 15th place on U.S. News' list of "Best Engineering Schools" and their Rady School of Management tied with 10 other schools for the 50th spot on their list of "Best Business Schools." Moreover, UC San Diego was also ranked as one of the schools with the lowest percentage of student debt.

U.S. News' “Best Colleges” rankings are determined based on a number of factors, including graduation and retention rates, faculty and financial resources, and academic reputation. Since the lists were first published in 1983, classifications have been determined using the Carnegie classification system. Rankings are awarded based on data from 16 indicators of academic excellence.

UC San Diego is a top university

In addition, UC San Diego was named the top university in the country by Washington Monthly magazine for the sixth straight year. The magazine’s national university rankings are based on social mobility, research and civic engagement.

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