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Founded in 1961, the University of California, San Diego , has rapidly achieved a status of one of the top institutions in the nation for higher education and scientific research. It is a campus of spectacular natural beauty, nestled along the Pacific coastline on 1,200 acres of coastal woodland, and currently supports a community of 20,000 students.

The UCSD Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) embodies the university's tradition of excellence as a world-class leader in computer science and engineering education and research. CSE is in a period of exciting growth and opportunity. Ranked in the top 20 nationwide, the department is dedicated to research, education and overall excellence. CSE Graduates capture leading academic appointments as well as fuel the Internet, wireless communications, biotech and computer industries. In 2002, Forbes named San Diego as the #1 place for business and careers, providing a broad range of opportunities for current students and future graduates.