: 23,046 Student-faculty ratio
: 19:1 Graduation rate
: 4-yr., 56%; 6-yr., 85% Annual in-state cost
: $26,632 Annual out-of-state cost
: $49,510 Avg. debt at graduation
UCSD has the lowest total cost among our top California schools, and it lands at number ten for the second time in a row. Its sticker price isn't cheap, but San Diego delivers on generous financial aid, with students carrying an average of $19,936 in debt at graduation. And while climate doesn't officially factor into our rankings, balmy winter weather makes this Pacific Coast school even more alluring.
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