UC San Diego

A world-class university that is student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented. A renowned faculty, boasting 17 Nobel laureates in its five short decades who explore, invent, discover and create while breaking barriers, making waves and testing the limits. Bright and talented students. An acclaimed six-college system on a campus adjacent to the beach. Undergraduates involved in research supported by cross-disciplinary programs and facilities. A tradition of innovation. All make up the University of California, San Diego.

Academic highlights

The campus is internationally respected for its eminent faculty, highly ranked programs and contributions to global research.

Colleges and programs

With its family of six colleges and 130 majors in a range of disciplines, UC San Diego combines the intimacy of a small liberal arts college with the academic resources of a major research university. Unlike most universities, college affiliation is not based on a student's major field, but on the college's unique focus. Each college has its own programmatic theme, general education requirements, housing and staff. When applying to San Diego, students rank the colleges in order of preference, based on their own interests and the colleges' theme:

Sixth College challenges its students to examine interactions between culture, art and technology to imagine the future.

Eleanor Roosevelt College is committed to a comprehensive general education that prepares students to succeed in the global and multicultural economy of the 21st century.

Earl Warren College emphasizes a close connection between undergraduate education and personal and career goals.

Thurgood Marshall College believes that scholarship and social responsibility go hand in hand; students are encouraged to participate in community and public service programs.

John Muir College stresses the spirit of self-sufficiency and individual choice; students take an active role in shaping their individual academic programs.

Revelle College emphasizes intellectual challenge and preparation for competition in a complex world, featuring a well-rounded, structured liberal arts curriculum, with concentrations in the arts and humanities, sciences and social sciences.


Opportunities for undergraduates to participate in research are found in every field of study. Connect your interests to a program through the online research websites or participate in one of the research-abroad programs.


UC San Diego’s faculty receives honors from all around the world, in every field. Current faculty members have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Fields Medal, MacArthur “Genius” Award, Guggenheim fellowships, Tony Award, Academy Award, Kyoto Prize, Balzan Prize and hundreds more; six Nobel laureates currently teach on campus. Our scholars and researchers are also innovators with more than 300 startup businesses in the San Diego community.

Clubs and activities

Campus-wide and college-specific events, quarterly festivals and 550 student clubs and organizations provide a full range of leadership and social opportunities.


UCSD Athletics features 23 intercollegiate programs for men and women. Triton teams have captured 30 national championships in the past 25 years. 60 percent of the students play intramural sports. UCSD has 25 competitive sports clubs and 32 recreational clubs.

Environment and tempo

The serene setting of the San Diego campus, with its stands of giant eucalyptus trees and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, strikes a perfect balance with the academically charged atmosphere. The campus is 12 miles north of downtown San Diego and its vibrant nightlife, theaters and cultural activities. Breathtaking destinations abound for camping and hiking enthusiasts in the Laguna Mountains and Borrego Desert to the east, skiing at Big Bear to the northeast, or relaxing to the south on Mexico's scenic Baja Peninsula — all are only a short drive away.