Welcome new students!  We hope you'll find your community here on campus!  Check our Events page for our Psychology and Community Calendar, and check out the campus' Resources for New Undergraduates.

If you are looking to study Psychology, we believe UC San Diego will provide you with unique and extraordinary experiences.  Our Department and our campus have so much to offer, but here are just a few of the reasons UC San Diego Psychology might be right for you.

Research Opportunities  

Our department is ranked 4th nationally in research productivity in Psychological Science and as an undergraduate you will have the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to this ground-breaking research. 

Honors Program

By application in the junior year, students can join our two-year honors program which culminates in a mentored research thesis project and presentation.

Learning from Leaders in the Field

Our Psychology department is one of the top-ranked in the country, and our faculty’s research informs their teaching, and their students. 


We offer B.A. and B.S. options, as well as specializations in sub-disciplines including Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Human Health, Sensation & Perception, and Social Psychology, as well as joint major in Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience and a brand new major in Business Psychology.  All of our majors also offer considerable flexibility to pursue elective courses including Eating Disorders, Creativity, Impulse Control Disorders, Criminology, Parenting, and the Psychology of Sport, among many others.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

We encourage our students to pursue internships, undergraduate instructional apprenticeships, and study abroad.  Workshops such as “Getting Involved in Research”, “Not Your Typical Psychology Career Panel”, “Studying Abroad: First Steps for Psychology Students”, “Academic Internships in Psychology” and “How to Study Less and Remember More” are aimed to help you get the most out of your education inside and outside the classroom.

We Care about Your Future

Our staff and faculty are truly invested in the learning experiences and outcomes of our students, making sure that you maximize your undergraduate years and are well-positioned to enter either graduate education or the job market following graduation.  We would love to welcome you as a member of our Psychology community!

In addition to the workshops mentioned above, we offer tips on effective ways to study for courses and on writing research papers.  These can be found in the "Academic and Writing Resources" section of this website.  We also offer information and tips on applying to graduate school and professional careers, choosing between programs, and more.  These can be found in the "Graduate School and Career Resources" section of this website.