The UC San Diego Experience

Nexus of Innovation

UC San Diego is internationally known for its scientific discovery and technological innovation. Since its founding in 1960, the university has made numerous breakthroughs that contribute to health, security, environment and quality of life, and has propelled San Diego’s innovation-driven economy.

Rady graduate students have the opportunity to collaborate with students from other top-rated programs at UC San Diego including the Jacobs School of Engineering, the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology, UC San Diego Health Sciences and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Students also participate in business plan competitions, such as the UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge.

The university, research institutions and an innovative business community have become a magnet attracting smart, talented and successful people to the region. San Diego is home to more than 500 biomedical companies, over 1,400 software and computer services companies and is a leader in the U.S. defense and homeland security efforts. Rady meets the demand for leadership and management education in the region and beyond, serving as a connecting point for entrepreneurs, research institutes and investors.

UC San Diego Facts

  • Over 28,000 students, including 6,000 graduate students
  • Ranked first in the nation by Washington Monthly for commitment to service
  • Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the seventh best public university in the nation
  • Home to world-renowned San Diego Supercomputer Center, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology and the Institute of the Americas
  • Ranked by the National Science Foundation as sixth in the nation in R&D expenditures
  • Faculty and alumni have created nearly 200 local companies, including many of the region’s biotech companies
  • Located on 1,200 acres of coastal woodland along the Pacific Ocean