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Key Universities

“San Diego is home to multiple world-class learning and research institutions with superior programs in science, engineering and management, as well as a plethora of cutting-edge companies innovating tomorrow’s leading scientific and technology breakthroughs.”

Kevin Carroll, Executive Director of Tech San Diego
June 10, 2016

San Diego's higher education institutions conduct groundbreaking research, train the region's workforce, and provide a human capital infrastructure that enables the region to compete for investment and jobs on a global level. The University of California, San Diego has become one of the top ten public universities in the country in a span of only 50 years. San Diego State University has educated more of San Diego’s civic leaders than any other institution. Together, higher education in San Diego employs hundreds of thousands of people and provides a lasting economic impact through the creation of new companies based on research and technologies coming out of the universities.


University Highlights

  • University of California San Diego
    • 33,735 students as of fall 2015
    • Total research funding more than $1.01 billion
    • $32.4 billion total estimated annual sales of active UCSD-related companies in San Diego County, including those utilizing licensed technology
    • Second largest employer in San Diego County
  • San Diego State University
    • More than 30,000 students
    • 60 percent of graduates stay in San Diego to pursue careers
    • More than $35 million in grant funding for community and outreach programs
    • One in seven adults in San Diego who holds a college degree attended SDSU
    • Innovative programs for veterans including on-campus housing
  • University of San Diego
    • Private, coeducational, independent institution
    • More than 8,000 students
    • Carnegie classification of “Doctoral/Research University”
    • Best Choice Schools ranked USD as the #1 "Most Beautiful" campus in the nation
    • Offers unique master of arts program in peace and justice studies
  • California State University San Marcos
    • More than 12,000 students and 230 faculty
    • Curriculum focus on writing, critical thinking and collaboration
    • More than 50 percent of the student population are from diverse ethnic backgrounds
    • $10.2 million in external funding to support research, creative activities and programs
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
    • More than 3,500 students
    • 60 undergraduate areas of study
    • Graduate program regional centers in San Diego and Bakersfield
    • 30 percent of graduating seniors have studied abroad
  • National University
    • Second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California, founded to meet the needs of working professionals and adult learners
    • 30,000 students and more than 150,000 alumni
    • Includes four schools and two colleges – the College of Letters and Sciences; the School of Business and Management; the College of Education; the School of Engineering and Computing; the School of Health and Human Services; and the School of Professional Studies
    • Has prepared more credentialed teachers than any other single institution of higher education in the state for more than a decade, according to the Commission on Teaching Credentialing

Resources


Sources

  • Association of Independent Research Institutes
  • San Diego Business Journal Book of Lists 2012