UCSD vs. Cal State Fullerton

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University of California-San DiegoLa Jolla, CA
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California State University-FullertonFullerton, CA
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#10 in Federal Region IX Universities
Public, 4 or more years
Research University (very high research activity)
School TypePublic, 4 or more years
Doctoral/Research University
Offered Degrees
Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate (Research), Doctorate (Professional Practice)Offered DegreeBachelor's, Post-BS Certificate, Master's, Doctorate (Professional Practice), Doctorate (Other)
Tuition & Fees
expensive$14,700 California Residents
$44,454 Out-of-State
Undergraduate Tuitioncheaper$6,976 California Residents
$18,856 Out-of-State
expensive$13,564 California Residents
$28,666 Out-of-State
Graduate Tuitioncheaper$8,410 California Residents
$17,914 Out-of-State
More$18,914Average Financial Aid AmountLess$8,612
Higher1,375 SAT
31 ACT
Test ScoresLower1,090 SAT
21 ACT
Tighter37%Acceptance RateEasier68%
(Enrollment Rate)
High School GPA
High School Record (or Transcript)
Completion of College Preparatory Program
Admission Test Scores
Application Requirements
(Required or Recommended to submit)
High School GPA
High School Record (or Transcript)
Completion of College Preparatory Program
Admission Test Scores
Advanced placement (AP) CreditsAccepted CreditsDual Credits
Advanced placement (AP) Credits
Credits for Life Experiences
Credit for Military Training
Smaller39,576Total EnrollmentLarger42,051
Smaller31,842Undergraduate Student PopulationLarger36,975
Larger7,734Graduate Student PopulationSmaller5,076
Smaller26,615Online Student PopulationLarger39,292
Completion & Outcomes
Higher87%Graduate RateLower69%
-Transfer-out Rate2%
Higher94%Retention RateLower88%
Special Learning Opportunity
Study Abroad
Teacher Certificate
Special learning OpportunityROTC
Study Abroad
Teacher Certificate
✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 15,272)Campus Housing✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 2,045)
Board/Meal Plan✔ (Typical Annual Charge: $4,008)
Less Students per Faculty19 to 1Student to Faculty RatioMore Students per Faculty25 to 1
3,433Number of faculties2,017
Higher$149,013Average Faculty SalaryLower$93,037
*Ranking data is from College Evaluator.