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Frequently Asked Questions

AP and IB Test/Exam Scores

Information on how UC San Diego will use AP and IB Exams to satisfy requirements and award units can be found on the Advanced Placement Credit: Application to College and Major Requirements and International Baccalaureate Credits charts.

AP grade reports for tests taken in May are sent to the colleges or universities you designated beginning July 15. You can expect actual delivery by July 22. You should have designated the institution to which your grade reports should be sent to on your answer sheets or on subsequent grade report requests.

Some grade reports take longer to reach us for four main reasons:

  1. inconsistent student identification information;

  2. late return of exam materials to the AP program; and

  3. some students test late using an alternative form of the exam; and

  4. you may have selected the wrong school and will need to submit another order. Be sure to verify UC San Diego (school code 004836) is the designated recipient of AP scores as there are several universities in San Diego.

If you requested your exams in May and they qualify for academic credit, the scores and credit will display on TritonLink in the student’s Academic History by July 25.

Official Advanced Placement scores will display on the Triton Checklist for students who have accepted the offer of admission when College Board sends AP scores to UC San Diego electronically in mid July. If your test scores are not showing by that time, please email us at receiptoftestscore@ad.ucsd.edu with the following information:

  • date/s you requested your scores from College Board
  • names used each time you took the exam (even if it only varies by the inclusion or exclusion of a middle initial)
  • the year in which you took the exams
  • the method of delivery you chose—one week or rush delivery.

If you need AP Calculus scores to fulfill a prerequisite and they are arriving late, you may email a copy of your results from College Board to the Math Placement Office at mathtesting@ucsd.edu and notify them that your AP scores may be delivered after the July 15 deadline.

If you requested your tests after the month of May, we might not receive your test scores by the July 15 deadline. We will continue to process incoming test scores after the July 15 deadline; however, we cannot guarantee these scores will be posted in time for your enrollment. Tests are processed in the order they are received. Please allow a minimum of two weeks after you receive your confirmation from College Board that your scores have been sent. This will allow processing time for credit to be posted in the Triton Checklist.

If the name you used varied in each testing sitting, College Board will not be able to match your name and will not be able to send us one grade report for the cumulative tests taken. If this is the case, you will need to request from College Board that a grade report, including AP grades from all prior years, be sent to UC San Diego.

The number to use for College Board is 004836.

A score of 3 or higher fulfills the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement.

AP Calculus scores are used to verify prerequisites for math courses. Scores of 3 or higher on the AP calculus AB exam earn 4 units of math credit (8 units for BC scores of 3 or higher). Scores of 2 may be used to place into introductory calculus courses (see UC San Diego General Catalog - Advanced Placement Credit).

If you have any questions regarding your math placement, please visit the Math Testing and Placement website or contact the Math Testing and Placement office at mathtesting@ucsd.edu.

If you have received:

  • an AP calculus AB score of 2 or higher; or

  • a BC score of 3 or higher; or

  • if you received a BC score of 1 or 2 WITH an AB subgrade of 2 or higher,

then you should request from the College Board that your AP Calculus scores be sent to UC San Diego immediately.

(NOTE: AP Calculus AB scores of 1 or BC scores of 1 or 2 WITH an AB subgrade of 1 will not satisfy any prerequisites for math courses.)

Check your AP Student Grade Report. If the College Code 4836 is listed, then your scores have been sent to the UC San Diego Admissions Office.

Since your AP calculus scores may not be received and posted before the online enrollment period, you should also send a copy of your AP Student Grade Reports showing your AP Calculus score to the Math Testing and Placement Office (fax 858-534-1011 or email mathtesting@ucsd.edu) as early as possible.

Include your PID, your desired math placement, and your contact information on the fax or email. Once the Math Testing and Placement Office has received your AP Student Grade Report, they will pre-authorize you to enroll in your desired math course subject to the prerequisite you met and the timely receipt of your fax or email.

To request International Baccalaureate (IB) transcripts, go to the IB website.

In order to complete the request form, you may need some of the following information:

University of California, San Diego
Office of Admissions
ATTN: TRANSCRIPTS
9500 Gilman Dr. # 0021
La Jolla, CA 92093-0021
United States

The College System

UC San Diego’s small colleges help you thrive in a welcoming community. Students have access to personalized advising, support services and leadership opportunities through their college while enjoying the advantages of a large Tier 1 research institution. Each college has their own philosophy and traditions, as well as their own General Education requirements. Learn more about our Colleges and the College system.

The College to which you are assigned has no impact on your major. College assignment is not based on major. Students may study any major regardless of their college affiliation. No single College is better than any other.

Admitted students are unable to change their college.

Deferment

UC San Diego admits only for the Fall term to which the student applied. Students who would like to enroll at a later date must reapply when they are ready to attend. Rare exceptions may be made for admitted students who have received military orders to report for active duty or if you require acute medical care for up to a maximum of one year only. Requests for deferment must be made by submitting the Request for Deferment Form. Only students who accept the offer of admission may be considered for a deferment. To be eligible to request a deferment, all transcripts and test scores must have been submitted by the deadline and validated.

Fall 2021 Plan for Instruction

We are planning for fall 2021 teaching to be primarily in-person with normal classroom occupancy in accordance with publish health guidelines. For more information, visit Return to Learn.

Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) (For Transfer Students Only)

Completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is not required for admission; however, completion will satisfy the lower-division/GE requirements for the following undergraduate colleges: John Muir, Earl Warren, Eleanor Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall and Sixth Colleges.

Majors

If you selected a major that was capped and the campus did not have the capacity to admit you to that program, you were admitted to your alternate second choice major or (for first-year admits only) undeclared, if your alternate major was also capped. Fall 2021 applicants had the ability to change their major selection(s) in their UC San Diego Applicant Portal through January 31. All applicants were sent an email in January notifying them of their major selection and the possibility of being admitted to an alternate choice or (for first-year admits only) undeclared if the campus was unable to accommodate them in their first-choice major due to capacity.

If you selected a major that was capped and the campus did not have the capacity to admit you to that program, you were admitted to your alternate second choice major or as undeclared, if your alternate major was also capped. Fall 2021 applicants had the ability to change their major selections in their UC San Diego Applicant Portal through January 31. All applicants were sent an email in January notifying them of their major selection and the possibility of being admitted to an alternate choice or undeclared if the campus was unable to accommodate them in their first-choice major due to capacity.

Prior to accepting the offer of admission, admitted students can change their major to any uncapped major using the tool in their Applicant Portal. To perform this action scroll to the bottom of the home page of your Applicant Portal and click on Change My Major. After accepting the offer of admission, students must be enrolled in at least 1 unit at UC San Diego before they can change to an uncapped major.

The following majors have capped status for all students at UC San Diego

  • Biological Sciences – all majors
    • Biology with a Specialization in Bioinformatics
    • Ecology, Behavior and Evolution
    • General Biology
    • Human Biology
    • Microbiology
    • Molecular and Cell Biology
    • Neurobiology
  • Data Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Public Health
  • JSOE – all majors
    • Bioengineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Computer Science and Engineering
    • Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    • Nanoengineering
    • Structural Engineering

Due to capacity the campus was unable to accommodate all admitted applicants seeking one of the capped majors. Admitted students are not able to change to a capped major. Enrolled students requesting a capped major that is outside of their current department must complete the Capped Majors Application for consideration once they have matriculated to UC San Diego. It is important to note that in some instances it is very difficult to switch to a capped major. For further information on each capped major department, please refer to the links below.

Military-Connected

Use the links on our Military-Connected page to connect directly to a wide range of helpful resources.

Yes. We offer many benefits specifically for veterans, including financial aid for you and your dependents, priority class registration (after the first quarter), a welcome week orientation, active student veterans organizations and a student veterans resource center. Learn more about the complete scope of veterans benefits available at UC San Diego.

No, UC San Diego does not have an ROTC campus office. ROTC programs at San Diego State University and the University of San Diego handle UC San Diego's ROTC process. Learn more about using ROTC funds at UC San Diego.

Transcripts

Admitted First-Year Students that accept the offer of admission are required to submit final official transcripts directly from each institution they attended from grades 9 through 12 by the July 1 postmark deadline. Students attending multiple schools must order an official transcript from each school to be delivered to UC San Diego. Students who attended a high school outside the United States prior to transferring to a high school in the United States must request each school to send a transcript regardless if prior schools are listed on your final transcript. In addition, students must submit college transcripts reflecting any earned college credit regardless if it is transferable or not.

You may send your official transcripts to the University of California San Diego either by mail or electronically through one of our preferred electronic transcript providers.

  1. SEND TRANSCRIPTS BY MAIL: You must order an official transcript from your academic institution which must be sent to us directly in a sealed envelope addressed as follows:

    University of California, San Diego – Office of Admissions
    Attn: Transcripts
    9500 Gilman Drive, # 0021
    La Jolla, CA 92093-0021

  2. SEND TRANSCRIPTS ELECTRONICALLY through Parchment, a safe and secure method of requesting your official transcript(s). If your school is registered with Parchment to send electronic transcripts, please order transcripts through your school's website or create an account with Parchment directly.

    We also accept transcripts electronically through eTranscriptCA, Credential Solutions, Digitary, eScripSafe, Scribbles, SCOIR, and National Student Clearinghouse if your academic institution is registered with these e-transcript vendors. Please check whether your school utilizes these e-transcript vendors to send transcripts and order through your school's transcript ordering process. Make sure you select University of California San Diego in La Jolla, CA as the receiving school if you choose one of these e-transcript vendors. Some vendors may list our school as UC San Diego.

First-Year International Students: Please review Required Documents from Schools Outside the United States for information regarding submitting transcripts from academic institutions outside the U.S.

Admitted Transfer Students that accept the offer of admission are required to submit official transcripts from every college/university they attended by July 1. For those who graduated from high school in the United States and completed a U.S. History course, you can submit a high school transcript to clear the American History & Institutions requirement.

You may send your official transcripts to the University of California San Diego either by mail or electronically through one of our preferred electronic transcript providers.

  1. SEND TRANSCRIPTS BY MAIL: You must order an official transcript from your academic institution which must be sent to us directly in a sealed envelope addressed as follows:

    University of California, San Diego – Office of Admissions
    Attn: Transcripts
    9500 Gilman Drive, # 0021
    La Jolla, CA 92093-0021

  2. SEND TRANSCRIPTS ELECTRONICALLY through Parchment, a safe and secure method of requesting your official transcript(s). If your school is registered with Parchment to send electronic transcripts, please order transcripts through your school's website or create an account with Parchment directly.

    We also accept transcripts electronically through eTranscriptCA, Credential Solutions, Digitary, eScripSafe, Scribbles, SCOIR, and National Student Clearinghouse if your academic institution is registered with these e-transcript vendors. Please check whether your school utilizes these e-transcript vendors to send transcripts and order through your school's transcript ordering process. Make sure you select University of California San Diego in La Jolla, CA as the receiving school if you choose one of these e-transcript vendors. Some vendors may list our school as UC San Diego.