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General Program Questions

How many students join the program each year?

35-40 students join the program each year, on average.

Which quarter do new students start the program?

New students start the program in Fall quarter only.

Can I start the program a different quarter than Fall?

No, you can only start the program in Fall quarter.

Can I get data on admissions, enrollment, time to degree, placement after graduation, etc.?

Yes, you can get data on admissions, enrollment, time to degree, placement after graduation, etc. at the Division of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs' (GEPA) page on UC San Diego Grad Data.

Can I get data on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and EDI accountability?

Yes, you can get data on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and EDI accountability at the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion's Graduate Diversity Dashboard.

When will offers of admission be sent?

Offers of admission will be sent in early March, following the recruitment event. All applicants will be notified of decisions no later than March 15th.

What is the latest I may find out about whether I am admitted to the program or not?

All applicants will be notified of decisions no later than March 15th.

What is SHORE and how do I apply for it?

SHORE stands for Student Housing Opportunity Recruitment Enhancement.

In the Winter and Spring quarters prior to the next Fall quarter, admitted graduate and professional students are nominated by departments to this priority Housing program. Based on availability, SHORE offers are made to nominated students by the Division of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs. This is a very limited program and all spots are filled by the early Spring quarter. No additional spots are available after Spring quarter. SHORE students are housed without having to wait on the waitlist.

If you are interested in being considered for SHORE, mark Yes to either question on the Student Housing section of the application. Answering Yes to question #2 will allow you to explain why you're interested.

Applicants are also welcome to email biophdadmissions@ucsd.edu to inform the PhD Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator that they are interested in being nominated for SHORE.