Campus Services and Facilities

Academic Services and Programs

Academic Advising

The college academic advising offices and the academic departments are the designated campus units responsible for providing official academic advice and direction to undergraduate students. The college academic advising offices and departments have primary responsibility for academic advice and services that assist new and continuing students to develop educational plans and course schedules which are compatible with their interests, academic preparation, and educational and career goals.

College Advising Offices

Revelle College, Admin. Building,
Mail Code 0321
(858) 534-3490

John Muir College, 2126 H&SS,
Mail Code 0106
(858) 534-3580

Thurgood Marshall College, Admin. Building,
Mail Code 0509
(858) 534-4110

Earl Warren College, Computer Science and Engineering (EBU 3),
Mail Code 0422
(858) 534-4350

Eleanor Roosevelt College, Admin. Building
Mail Code 0546
(858) 534-9864

Sixth College, Pepper Canyon Hall, 2nd Floor,
Mail Code 0054,
(858) 822-5955

Specifically, the college academic advisors conduct academic orientation/enrollment programs for all new students and advise new and continuing students about college general-education and graduation requirements. The advising staff of each college provides general academic and curricular information, clarifies academic rules and regulations, reviews all aspects of academic probation, monitors academic progress, assists students with decision-making strategies, and provides information about major prerequisites as well as criteria for departments that screen students. In conjunction with the academic departments and the Office of the Registrar, the college advising offices certify graduation and generally facilitate students’ college academic adjustment to the university.

Moreover, college academic advisors are available to counsel students about educational alternatives, selection of courses and majors, program changes, new academic opportunities, and special programs such as exchange programs, honors programs, outreach programs, etc.

See your college academic advisor for assistance with academic concerns or referral to appropriate academic support units.

Academic Computing Services

Help Desk

1313 Applied Physics and Mathematics, Muir College
(858) 534-4060

Administration and Director’s Office

1141–1161 AP&M
(858) 534-3ACS (3227)

Academic Computing Services (ACS) plays a variety of computing roles at UCSD. Among these are support of instructional computing, hardware repair, and administration of software site licenses.

Student Computing

The main function of ACS is to provide facilities for instructional computing. In addition to servers, ACS maintains over 1800 workstations of various types available across campus. These include Windows, Macintosh, and UNIX workstations located in public areas, computer labs, and libraries.

A wide variety of software is available on various platforms, including general office productivity and Web site design applications; compilers and program development tools; special purpose packages for electronic design, mechanical engineering, animation, statistics, genetic studies, and mathematics.

Beyond instructional computing, ACS provides facilities to students for popular activities such as e-mail, personal Web sites, student organization Web sites, and other network-based communications. Incoming students receive personal account information after indicating their Intent to Register.

ACS has student assistants who are available at scheduled times in computer labs to help students use the facilities. These assistants complement other forms of support such as guidance from instructors and teaching assistants, and online documentation.

ACS provides both instructional and extracurricular computing services to students through a single “personalized” account. The goal is to make computing more convenient and flexible, and to allow students to pursue academic computing interests on their own initiative.

Computer Repair and Installation

(858) 534-4057

Computer Repair and Installation’s professional, certified, full-time staff provides the UCSD community with cost-effective, efficient hardware repair and upgrade support for most computer and printer models. Drop-off locations include AP&M 1313 and the UCSD Bookstore. For more information, e-mail

Residential Networking

(858) 534-3227

Students can obtain residential (dorm) network and computer support. Residential Internet service is provided by a cable modem or Ethernet connection. Wireless access is available in most campus buildings and common spaces. A UCSD login is required to attach to the network.

Software Licensing and Distribution

(858) 534-9676

For enrolled students, the campus has discounted pricing agreements with major software vendors; packages are available at the UCSD Bookstore. Other instructional software available for student use is listed on the Software Distribution Web site. For more information, e-mail

Instructional Web Development Canter

(858) 822-3315

ACS’ Instructional Web Development Center manages most course Web sites, including WebCT. The IWDC provides instructional Web site creation, development assistance, and training for faculty. The IWDC offers more extensive services non a recharge basis, including departmental and UCSD-affiliated group Web hosting and fee-for-service Web-related programming. For more information, e-mail

Academic Enrichment Programs/Student Educational Advancement/Student Affairs

Student Center Building B, 2nd Floor,
Mail Code 0311
(858) 534-1774

Dedicated to providing UCSD undergraduates with research and other academic enrichment experiences beyond the classroom.

Program Descriptions

Faculty Mentor Program

The Faculty Mentor Program offers valuable research experience to juniors and seniors who want to prepare for graduate or professional school. Participants work as research assistants to UCSD faculty members for at least ten hours per week for two quarters. Students receive four units of 199 independent study credit each quarter, attend seminars on various topics, including how to write and present a research paper, and receive graduate school and fellowship information. At the conclusion of the program, students present their research papers at the annual Faculty Mentor Program Research Symposium. Contact: Veronica Henson-Phillips,, (858) 534-5791.

Health and Medical Professions Preparation Program

HMP3 assists students in their undergraduate preparation for careers in the health professions. These include medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary, public health, nursing, and others. The program provides students with activities and resources including preprofessional seminars, review course scholarships, volunteer placement information, and mentorship opportunities. Participants have access to a Web site with information on summer and postbaccalaureate programs, upcoming conferences, health professional schools, etc. The program also serves as a clearinghouse for information about other campus resources available to the prehealth professional student. Contact: Adele Wilson,, (858) 534-7579.

Summer Research Program

The Summer Research Program offers a paid, full-time research experience to students who are interested in preparing for careers in research nor university teaching. As research assistants, students work on their faculty mentor’s projects for at least thirty hours per week. Students are trained in research skills, how to write and present a research proposal or paper, and how to prepare for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). At the conclusion of the program, students present their papers at the annual UCSD Summer Research Conference. Contact: Veronica Henson-Phillips,, (858) 534-5791.

McNair Program

The McNair Program is a U.S. Department of Education initiative designed to serve low-income, first-generation college students and underrepresented minorities who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. It is a rigorous one-year program of scholarly activities that includes participation in the Faculty Mentor Program and the Summer Research Program. In addition, participants receive training in how to write and present a scholarly paper, preparation for the GRE, and assistance with the graduate school application process. All participants have the opportunity to present a paper at a minimum of two research conferences. Contact: Dr. Tom Brown,, (858) 534-2937.

CAMP Science Program

The CAMP Science Program is funded by the California Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (CAMP) grant from the National Science Foundation. This program is designed to provide support and advancement opportunities to ethnically underrepresented students who are seeking bachelor’s degrees in the sciences, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Participants in this program may attend informational and skill-building workshops, tour UCSD laboratories, local companies and research institutes, attend local and/or national conferences, participate in a book exchange program, receive a one-year student membership to a professional/scientific society, attend study break dinners and coffee with faculty and graduate student events, and are eligible to earn book scholarships. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in academic year and/or summer research, and pursue graduate school. Contact: Dr. J. Azize-Brewer,, (858) 534-8839.

University of California Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees (UC LEADS)

The University of California Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees (UC LEADS) is a selective two-year research program for undergraduates majoring in science, engineering, or mathematics. Students receive stipend support for two summers of research and support for travel to conferences, membership in professional associations, and other research-related activities. UC LEADS participants work on well-defined projects under the supervision of faculty mentors. The UC LEADS experience will prepare students to be competitive applicants for admission to doctoral programs, preferably within the UC system, and eventually to assume leadership positions in society.

Undergraduate Research Conference

The UCSD Undergraduate Research Conference is an annual event where more than 100 students who have written outstanding research papers are invited to present their research. Invitation is by faculty nomination. Students present their papers at small roundtable discussions led by a faculty presider. Contact: Veronica Henson-Phillips;, (858) 534-5791.


The UCSD Amgen Scholars Program is an eight-week, full-time research experience for undergraduates, supported by the Amgen Foundation. The objectives of the program are: to provide students with the skills to become research scholars; to stimulate students’ serious consideration of graduate study; and to increase learning and networking opportunities for students committed to pursuing either a professional or academic research career in biological sciences or bioengineering. Contact Cezarina Gramada,, (858) 534-9014. Additional information is available from

Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)

The Scholarship for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program is funded through a National Science Foundation grant. At UCSD, the Divisions of Physical and Biological Sciences are offering scholarships of up to $3,000 per year (renewable up to four years) for students majoring in quantitative and interdisciplinary sciences. The primary objective of the program is to provide educational opportunities to low-income, academically talented students through scholarships that promote full-time enrollment and degree achievement in higher education. Eligible applicants will be UCSD undergraduates who are U.S. citizens, nationals, refugee aliens, or permanent resident aliens with demonstrated financial need who are enrolled full time in one of the following majors: biochemistry, bioinformatics, biophysics, computational physics, molecular biology, pharmacological chemistry, or mathematics. Special consideration will be given to Native Americans (American Indians and Alaskan Natives), African Americans, Native Pacific Islanders (Polynesians and Micronesians), and applicants with disabilities. Contact Cezarina Gramada,, (858) 534-9014. Additional information is available from

Education Abroad Program (EAP)

International Center (corner of Gilman Drive and Library Walk
Mail Code 0018
(858) 534-1123

The Education Abroad Program (housed in the Programs Abroad Office, along with the Opportunities Abroad Program and UC San Diego Global Seminars) provides students enrolled at the University of California an opportunity for an intercultural experience at UC centers located in Australia/New Zealand, Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America, while allowing normal progress toward a degree.

The program is described in detail in the “Courses, Curricula, and Programs of Instruction” section under the “Education Abroad” heading.

International Scholar Office

(Corner of Gilman and Library Walk)
Mail Code 0018
(858) 534-3730
Fax: (858) 534-0909

The International Scholar Office serves over 2,100 scholars annually. Most international scholars are leaders in their fields of study who come to UC San Diego in support of the university’s research and teaching mission. The director, three international scholar advisors, an immigration attorney, support staff, and outreach and volunteer coordinator make up the International Scholar Office. It provides assistance to academic departments and organized research units in their efforts to recruit, employ, and serve international faculty, researchers, and postdoctoral fellows. The International Scholar Office also provides information and advising to support departments with their plans to hire and retain international employees and scholars, preparation of petitions to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and employment authorization, in addition to those services offered directly to scholars and their dependents.

The International Scholar Office also provides services such as Form DS-2019 issuance, check-in, new scholar orientation, SEVIS registration, one-on-one advising, support services for complying with various I-94 statuses, support in applying for a visa, employment authorization, international travel, financial planning, health insurance, planning future activities in the United States, and advising regarding immigration, practical, or personal issues. In addition, the International Scholar Office provides advising and application support for Social Security numbers, California state drivers’ licenses, nonresident alien tax returns, as well as various immigration services and benefits.

International Student Office

(Corner of Gilman and Library Walk)
Mail Code 0018
(858) 534-3730
Fax: (858) 534-0909

The International Student Office offers a wide array of services and programs for international students and their dependents at UC San Diego in an effort to support their legal stay in the U.S. and help them achieve their personal, academic, and professional goals. In addition, the office provides a variety of high-quality enrichment programs and cross-cultural activities designed to expand international student integration at UC San Diego and in the local community and provide opportunities for domestic students so they can obtain international experiences at home.

During the year, the International Student Office serves over 2,200 students. Most international students come to UC San Diego to enroll in degree programs. Some come as visiting students participating in the University of California Education Abroad Program, Fulbright, and other programs, and still others come to take classes, do research, and be mentored by UC San Diego faculty—experiences to take back and apply to degree programs in their home countries. The director, two international student advisors, a SEVIS Coordinator, support staff, and an outreach and volunteer coordinator make up the International Student Office. In addition, the International Student Office serves more than 100 UC San Diego academic departments and units (such as Admissions and Relations with Schools, Office of Graduate Studies, and Registrar’s Office) in their efforts to admit, enroll, and employ international students.

The International Student Office also provides services such as Form I-20/DS-2019 issuance, check-in, new student orientation, SEVIS registration, one-on-one advising, group advising, workshops, support services for complying with various I-94 statuses, support in applying for a visa, employment authorization, international travel, financial planning, health insurance, planning future activities in the United States, and advising regarding immigration, practical, or personal issues. Furthermore, the International Student Office provides advising and application support for Social Security numbers, California state drivers’ licenses, nonresident alien tax returns, as well as various immigration services and benefits.

OASIS (Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services)

Third Floor, Center Hall
Mail Code 0045
(858) 534–3760

The Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services (OASIS) provides a variety of services to maximize student performance and retention at the University of California, San Diego.


The mission of OASIS is to assist UC San Diego students in reaching their full potential by developing an appreciation for learning. OASIS strives to facilitate learning by concentrating on learners and supporting their academic, intellectual, and personal growth at UCSD. Services are designed to assist students to develop the academic skills to excel in their subject matter at UCSD and eventually in graduate or professional school.


A description of services offered each quarter is available at the OASIS office on the third floor of Center Hall. All students in any of the six colleges are eligible for OASIS services. Under-represented students are strongly encouraged to use OASIS services in order to maximize their valuable contribution to UCSD.

The Academic Transition Program

The Academic Transition Program coordinates a residential Summer Bridge Program and professional and academic transition counseling for freshmen at UCSD. A variety of academic support and personal development activities are offered to facilitate a smooth transition from high school to UCSD’s fast-paced quarter system.

The Math and Science Tutorial Program

The Math and Science Tutorial Program is designed to support students in their desire to excel in mathematics and science courses. The program offers workshops for mathematics, physics, biology, and chemistry courses.

The Language and Writing Program

Students whose first language is not English are assisted in the Language and Writing Program. In addition, students doing academic work in Spanish or French language courses can participate in Language Program tutorial sessions conducted by bilingual staff. Language Program services include group or individual intensive reading and writing sessions, workshops on grammar and mechanics, and individual conferences where feedback on drafts of writing is provided.

The Student Support Services Program

The Student Support Services Program is a comprehensive U.S. Department of Education initiative designed to support the academic efforts of participating students. The program seeks to maximize the achievement and development of eligible students, particularly those who have been traditionally underrepresented due to race or ethnicity, gender, disability, and/or economic status. Student Support Services also strives to enhance each program participant’s eligibility for entrance to graduate and professional schools and to foster an institutional climate which will support the success of program participants. The program consists of intensive individual tutoring, professional counseling, peer mentoring, and various cultural enrichment activities.

The Research and Evaluation Program

Administered jointly by the Office of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Educational Advancement and OASIS, the Research and Evaluation Program maintains data about students using OASIS services and conducts research projects which examine a particular problem or issue related to OASIS services. In addition, longitudinal studies of the effect of services on student users are undertaken, such as follow-up studies on the retention of Summer Bridge students. Evaluation activities that are essential to the provision of effective services to students are also the responsibility of this program.

Education Studies 116

OASIS offers a four-unit, upper-division course that provides instruction to all OASIS student staff members on the teaching-learning process. The course is designed to balance lectures and readings with supervised, practical experience.

Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP)

International Center (corner of Gilman Drive and Library Walk)
Mail Code 0018
(858) 534-1123

The Opportunities Abroad Program (housed in the Programs Abroad Office, along with the Education Abroad Program and UC San Diego Global Seminars) facilitates participation in programs abroad sponsored by institutions other than the University of California. OAP offers a resource library and advisory services enabling UCSD students to choose study, work, internship, and educational travel abroad programs best suited to their individual needs. Programs are available for students in all majors, for periods ranging from a quarter to a full academic year. Students participating in approved academic programs abroad transfer credit back to UCSD. They receive assistance with this as well as application, financial aid, pre-departure, and reentry issues through the OAP. Special study abroad scholarships are also available. Students participating in nonacademic programs generally do not earn credit but in some instances may arrange to do so, for example, through the Academic Internship Program.

San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC)

Mail Code 0505
(858) 534-5000 (general inquiries)
(858) 534-5100

Over the past two decades, the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) has enabled science and engineering discoveries through advances in computational science and high-performance computing. Data is an overriding theme in SDSC activities. By developing and providing data cyberinfrastructure, the center acts as a strategic resource to science, industry, and academia, offering leadership in the areas of data management, grid computing, bioinformatics, geoinformatics, and high-end computing.

The mission of SDSC is to extend the reach of the scientific community by providing data-oriented technology resources above and beyond the limits of what is available in the local laboratory, department, and university environment. SDSC is an organized research unit of UC San Diego. Staff includes scientists, technologists, software developers, and support personnel. Over the years, SDSC has served more than 10,000 researchers at 300 academic, government, and industrial institutions in the United States and around the world. Today, these scientists and engineers increasingly rely on the availability of integrated data cyberinfrastructure tools such as hardware, software, and human support to drive research and education. Cyberinfrastructure provides a broad and useful spectrum of integrated technologies to support increasingly complex, data-intensive, and collaborative scientific endeavors.

When an application’s or research project’s technological needs outgrow the capabilities of its home environment, cyberinfrastructure extends the reach of the scientist by providing needed storage, high-speed networking, archiving and preservation, high-performance computing, and other resources remotely. SDSC provides both the tools and the facilities that integrate a user’s home environment with a high-end, resource-rich, remote environment. Users can take advantage of SDSC’s visualization, interdisciplinary expertise, and other resources to extend their home environments and accomplish their goals.

To meet the modern scientist’s and engineer’s extreme data needs, the center provides an integrated set of software and user services including:

  • An internationally renowned environment for data management, mining, curation, analysis, visualization, access and preservation, as well as leadership-class storage technologies
  • A broad spectrum of software tools, portals, workbenches, and packages integrated to enable users to develop and deploy complex applications
  • Professional user services that enable users to make the most out of cutting-edge hardware, software, and information resources
  • A range of collaboration vehicles for working with partners on strategic and community applications, data collections, and projects
  • An advanced cyberinfrastructure laboratory that provides an environment for designing, developing, and testing software and hardware systems at scale
  • Data Central, a computational and storage infrastructure for community data collections. The Data Central team helps researchers from a wide variety of scientific domains to manage, mine, analyze, publish, and share datasets

Along with these tools, SDSC also offers users full-time support including 24-hour helpdesk services, code optimization, training, portal development, and a variety of other services.

SDSC was founded in 1985 with a $170 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Supercomputer Centers program. From 1997 to 2004, SDSC extended its leadership in computational science and engineering to form the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI), teaming with approximately forty university partners around the country.

The demanding research problems that are being tackled by the scientists using SDSC’s cyberinfrastructure tools are numerous and diverse. A few key programs focus on understanding the origin of the universe, visualizing earthquakes, providing data management for disaster recovery organizations, modeling proteins, simulating the human nervous system, and predicting climate changes.

Cyberinfrastructure Resources

SDSC is launching a wide-ranging project called the Triton Resource, a high-impact massive data analysis and preservation system that will accelerate innovation and discovery through the use of leading-edge research cyberinfrastructure at SDSC. The Triton Resource will provide supercomputing capabilities in three key areas: a large-scale disk storage facility, a data analysis facility for petascale research, and a shared research cluster. These will be connected via a high-speed 10-gigabit network already in place at the UC San Diego campus. The three prongs of Triton consist of

  • Data Oasis, a high-performance storage system, which will assist in the practical manipulation of data across high-bandwidth paths to researchers throughout UC San Diego and the UC system. This system will store, manage, and preserve the deluge of data from research instruments and experiments that forms the basis for future generations of research.
  • Petascale Data Analysis Facility, capable of analyzing data from petascale computers, in which one petaflop of compute power equals one quadrillion calculations per second. That is the equivalent of having about 100,000 laptops to create simulations at a level of detail or scope previously not possible for scientists.
  • Condo Cluster, a scalable, shared resource or group of linked computers equipped with standard compute nodes but enhanced memory capability. The cluster may be configured to operate in a standard batch mode or be set up to allow users to run customized software stacks at scale, with full connectivity to large-scale storage.

SDSC’s new “green” data center, launched during a new building addition dedication in October 2008, is equipped to house colocation servers for UC San Diego and UC researchers and academic units. The 5,000 square-foot data center, which augments the center’s previous 13,000 square-foot data center, contains the latest energy-efficient technologies and is managed by a staff of professionals on a 24-7 basis. Other key features of the new building addition include a state-of-the-art visualization center, high-tech conference room, and an OptiPortal, used by SDSC’s chief scientific officer Michael Norman to visualize results from cosmology simulations on the cutting-edge petascale machines.

The center also is a founding member of and serves as a data-intensive site lead in the National Science Foundation-funded TeraGrid, a multiyear effort to build and deploy the first national-scale grid infrastructure for open scientific research. The center’s supercomputing resources, which include a 4.1 teraflop Linux cluster, are part of the national TeraGrid distributed system.

At SDSC, data storage, management, and analysis are paramount. The center houses more than 3 petabytes of online disk storage as well as 36 petabytes of archival tape storage capacity, the largest data storage installation of any educational institution in the world. SDSC also is partnering with UCSD Libraries, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the University of Maryland in a data-preservation project called Chronopolis, a geographically distributed data grid that supports the long-term management, stewardship, and access to digital collections. The system incorporates trust and reliability through replication, service-level agreements, monitoring, and rule-based systems.

Research Allocations, Resources, and Support

SDSC provides access to its vast array of data and computational resources and services for all UC researchers with a need for leading-edge research cyberinfrastructure. SDSC offers the foundation for custom cyberinfrastructure capabilities defined by UC-led activities. Any qualified UC researcher can request access to these resources. Some services are available free of charge and others via campus recharge.

All researchers with access to SDSC’s resources are supported by SDSC’s consulting staff, available online (, by phone, or by e-mail: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Researchers and students with accounts are welcome to attend SDSC’s periodic training workshops (

For more information and to apply, visit the SDSC Web site at or contact

Additional Opportunities for the Campus Community

SDSC offers the following additional opportunities for UCSD faculty, staff, and students:

  • Access to high-performance computers through UCSD classes—Many UCSD classes make use of the SDSC resources, providing a hands-on way to learn about high-performance computing. Check class listings for biology, chemistry and biochemistry, computer science and engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and UC San Diego Extension.
  • Seminars—SDSC hosts a wide variety of seminars on topics of interest to the high-performance computing and computational science community. Most are open to the UCSD community (
  • Publications—SDSC, with Calit2 and the Jacobs School of Engineering, is launching Cyberlink, a free e-newsletter focused on the latest cyberinfrastructure news and events at UC San Diego. For subscriptions, please visit
  • Part-time and full-time employment—SDSC posts part-time and full-time professional job openings at the UCSD Career Services Center or see Typical jobs are in research programming support, scientific writing, computer operations, and reception work.
  • Tours—SDSC offers tours upon request. Special-interest tours for education and industry groups and others can be arranged by contacting

Additional information about SDSC can be obtained from the SDSC Web site ( or by calling SDSC at (858) 534-5000.

UC San Diego Extension–Extended Studies and Public Programs
UCSD Campus
9600 North Torrey Pines Road
Mail Code 1076H
(858) 534-3400
Fax: (858) 534-8527

UC San Diego Extension is contributing to the health and vitality of the San Diego region through professional education and training and high-profile programs focused on cultural enrichment and regional economic development. This integrated approach to improving the quality of life in San Diego and beyond helps build a globally competitive talent pool, accelerates economic growth, and fosters community-building conversations.

For students interested in lifelong learning, Extension offers more than fourteen areas of study in fields ranging from the life sciences and engineering to arts and business leadership. Course work may be pursued across San Diego, online, at work, and overseas. A variety of delivery formats are available including individual courses, certificates, and lecture series.

Extension’s outreach programs are designed to improve the region’s economy through entrepreneurial development, research, public forums, and civic conversations. Programs include Global CONNECT, San Diego Dialogue, and UCSD-TV.

To learn more, visit our Web site at—where there’s always something new ®.

Continuing Education: Areas of Study

Art, Music, and Photography

Courses and workshops offered in art history, drawing, mixed media, painting, film, digital photography, harmonics, guitar, piano, and the annual UCSD Jazz Camp. For more information, call (858) 964-1051.

Biological, Pharmaceutical, and Marine Sciences

Courses and intensive programs offered in computer aided drug design, medicinal chemistry, computational biology and bioinformatics, drug discovery and development, regulatory affairs, quality assurance and control, biotechnology manufacturing, proteomics, microarrays, and biomedical product development. For more information, call (858) 882-8027.


Courses offered in accounting, business management, communication, enterprise management, facilities management, finance, fraud examination, fundraising and development, human resources management, international business, marketing, meeting management, project management, purchasing and supply management, real estate, and urban planning. For more information, call (858) 882-8000.

Digital Media and Web Design

Courses offered in computer-aided design, graphic design, and multimedia and Web site design and development. An eighteen-month daytime or twenty-four-month evening program is also available for digital design, Web development, multimedia, marketing practices, and portfolio creation. Internships available. For more information, call (858) 622-5739.


State-approved credential programs offered in Adult Education/Vocational Education, as well as state-approved certificate programs in Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD), Reading and Education of the Gifted and Talented (GATE). Certificate programs and supplementary authorizations courses are offered for Teaching Mathematics and Science. Additional certificates are Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Community College Instructor, and Educational Therapy. For more information, call (858) 964-1045.


Courses offered in communications engineering, wireless communications, RF engineering, network technologies, embedded computer engineering, systems engineering, semi-conductor design, VLSI digital design, CDMA engineering, and SensorNets. Also, certificate programs in New Product Development, Lean Enterprise, Six Sigma, Green/Black Belt, and Professional Engineering Reviews. For more information, call (858) 622-5740.

English Language Studies

Courses and workshops offered in academic writing, intermediate business writing for non-native speakers, conversation improvement, grammar/vocabulary building, pronunciation and fluency, and accent reduction. For more information, call (858) 534-0049.

Foreign Languages and Travel Study

Courses offered in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and translation and interpretation. Short-term Spanish language immersion programs abroad are available for adults. For more information, call (858) 964-1050.

Health Care and Behavioral Sciences

Courses offered in clinical trials, health care leadership and management, evidence based medicine, medical coding, emergency department nursing, case management, nurse re-entry program, legal nurse consulting, fitness instruction, and lactation education. In behavioral sciences courses offered in alcohol and drug abuse counseling, art therapy, gerontology, and play therapy. For more information, call (858) 964-1010.

Humanities and Writing

Courses offered in copyediting, creative writing, feature writing, history, politics and culture, literature, technical communication, and theatre. Special programs such as Revelle Forum at the Neurosciences Institute and UCSD Jazz Camp round out a diverse and unique set of offerings in the San Diego area. For more information, call (858) 964-1051.


Courses offered in bankruptcy law, business law, domestic relations law, civil litigation, evidence law, California litigation procedures, and law office procedures. Also offered are an ABA-approved paralegal program and a Professional Certificate in Intellectual Property. For more information, call (858) 882-8008.

Leadership and Management Development

For experienced managers taking on new levels of responsibility, programs include the Leadership and Management Program for Technology Professionals (LAMP), Healthcare Executive Leadership Program (HELP), and the Executive Program for Scientists and Engineers (EPSE). Entrepreneurs and others will find of interest courses in biotech business development, writing business plans, financing start-ups, IT governance, business process optimization and ERP essentials, six sigma, lean enterprise, and global supply chain management programs. For more information, call (858) 964-1336.

Occupational Health and Safety

Courses offered through the OSHA Training Institute in occupational health and safety for general industry and construction: hazardous materials, respiratory protection, fall arrest systems, industrial hygiene, ergonomics, and more. A professional certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is also available. For more information, call (858) 964-1054.


Courses offered in data management and analysis, software engineering, data warehousing, biological database design, data modeling, data mining, security engineering, Web analytics, Web services, Oracle, Microsoft Access, networking, BioJava, Perl for bioinfomatics, C/C++, C#, J2EE, Java, Visual Basic, UNIX/Linux, and .NET. For more information, call (858) 622-5755.

How to Enroll


By phone: (858) 534-3400

In person:

La Jolla
9600 N. Torrey Pines Road, Bldg. C
La Jolla, CA 92093

Mission Valley
404 Camino Del Rio South
Suite 102
San Diego, CA 92108

Rancho Bernardo
11770 Bernardo Plaza Court
Suite 270
San Diego, CA 92128

Sorrento Mesa
AT&T Wireless Building
6925 Lusk Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92121

Concurrent registration: Permits individuals who are not officially matriculated UCSD students to enroll for credit in regular UCSD courses. Offered on a space-available basis with the approval of the course instructors. For more information, call (858) 534-3400.

Complimentary enrollment: UC San Diego Extension offers a limited number of complimentary enrollments to full-time UCSD students who may enroll in one course free of charge up to a set dollar limit (students must pay anything over that amount) on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (858) 534-3400.

Community and Regional Economic Development

Academic Connections

Academic Connections is a summer residential program that provides high school students with access to the resources of a research university. This program gives motivated students the opportunity to explore different fields of study, pursue their interests, and better prepare for a university experience.


Global CONNECT links and engages networks of individuals and organizations committed to building international technology-based enterprises. Global CONNECT’s focus is on the role of research institutions, regional incubators, and initiatives that support innovation and entrepreneurship. Global CONNECT is active in three areas: research and analysis on the dynamics of regional innovation, the provision of technical assistance to regions interested in developing technology commercialization programs, and education and training in areas essential to science-based business clusters. Global CONNECT manages a membership network of more than forty regions from around the globe. The membership shares best practices through international meetings, business-to-business activities, and a Web site.

Helen Edison Lecture Series

The Helen Edison Lecture Series presents free public lectures on issues advancing humanitarian purposes and objectives. Past speakers have included Al Gore, Muhammad Yunus, John Kenneth Galbraith, Noam Chomsky, Luis Valdez, Toni Morrison, Carlos Fuentes, and Robert McNamara.


Undergraduates can jumpstart their transition into the workplace with LAUNCH—a new educational offering designed by UC San Diego Extension. Ambitious students earn a certificate in their field of choice while working with an expert career coach to help land a first job upon graduation. Free information sessions offered year round.

San Diego Dialogue

The San Diego Dialogue is a center of research on cross-border economic and social issues, as well as a convener of community forums on issues shaping the San Diego-Baja California region. The Dialogue also addresses issues related to infrastructure and public policy and provides the kind of technical assistance, education, and training that helps improve our regional futures.

A primary focus of the San Diego Dialogue is the Cross-Border Innovation and Competitiveness Initiative. Its focus is to help the region become more globally competitive in key science and technology sectors by leveraging cross-border assets and capabilities. Areas of focus include: the biomedical industry, software, semi-conductor manufacturing, marine biotechnology, and automobile and aerospace manufacturing.

UC Professional Development Institute

The UC Professional Development Institute (UCPDI) is a leader in delivering standards-based professional development institutes and training materials focused on the needs of K–12 English learners. UCPD’s primary goal is to improve and accelerate student achievement. UCPDI is one of only two providers approved by the state of California to offer standards-based intervention programs for English learners.

UCSD Economics Roundtable

The UCSD Economics Roundtable is a forum for more than 2,000 San Diego business and community leaders to exchange ideas and information with world class economists and financial experts. The UCSD Economics Roundtable has hosted several prominent guests including Ben Bernanke, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and Robert Shiller, professor of economics at Yale University.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) rekindles the zest for life for retired San Diego professionals. OLLI is a membership organization that inspires conversations between interesting people about stimulating topics, offering twenty different programs each quarter. Subjects include archaeology, science, tai chi, computing, live musical performances, literature, foreign languages, and master courses and lectures from UCSD faculty members.


UCSD-TV, the only broadcast television station operated by the University of California, is an Emmy® winning, noncommercial station that extends the resources of the university to the greater San Diego community and partners extensively with regional civic, cultural, and arts institutions in programming. UCSD-TV broadcasts on UHF Channel 35, Cox Communications, and Time Warner Cable. Programs from UCSD-TV and other University of California campuses are broadcast nationwide on UCTV and on demand.

UC San Diego Global Seminars (GS)

International Center (corner of Gilman Drive and Library Walk)
Mail Code 0018
(858) 534-1123

UC San Diego Global Seminars are five-week-long study abroad experiences led by a UC San Diego professor. They are offered during summer session. Most seminars take place during summer session I, but some may be offered during summer session II. Students enroll in two courses for a total of eight UC San Diego units. Class sizes are between fifteen and thirty students, giving students excellent opportunities for interaction with some of the best professors at UC San Diego. All courses are taught in English, but several programs include elementary language instruction to help students navigate the local community. The Programs Abroad Office will assist students with advising, application, financial aid, pre-departure orientation, and reentry issues. Special study abroad scholarships are available. For more information, consult the UC San Diego Global Seminars section of the Programs Abroad Web site at:

The UCSD Libraries

The UCSD Libraries, a campuswide network of libraries, support the university’s mission of research, instruction, public service, and patient care by providing access to rich and deep collections, and by offering a variety of services. The libraries are those found within the Geisel Library building: the Arts Library, the Mandeville Special Collections Library, the Science & Engineering Library, and the Social Sciences & Humanities Library. And those elsewhere: the Biomedical Library, the Center for Library & Instructional Computing Services (CLICS), the International Relations & Pacific Studies Library, the Medical Center Library, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library.

The Libraries serve as physical and virtual centers for study, reading, and scholarship at UCSD. Their collections and services support undergraduate and graduate instructional programs, as well as advanced research. While each library may have varying rules and varying hours, all are open to all members of the UCSD community. Most libraries extend hours during final exam periods.

The Libraries’ Web site offers access to information about the Libraries and to digital services and collections, including the online catalog, electronic journals, e-books, databases, and materials assigned for courses. New resources and services are added continually. The Libraries have an ongoing commitment to acquiring and offering materials in digital form. For materials not found at UCSD, the Libraries offer several quick and easy ways to borrow materials from other UC campuses and other universities.

Research assistance is available online and at each of the campus libraries and is designed to assist students and faculty with their course needs and research activities. Through their instruction and outreach programs, the Libraries offer a variety of orientation and instructional opportunities intended to help students succeed in their academic and personal pursuits.

Combined UCSD Libraries Statistics, 2008

Volumes 3,372,785
Periodical and other
serial publications received Total
E-journals 130
E-books 231,216
Maps 114,780
Microforms 3,309,102
Audio and video materials 144,225
Slides and other pictorial items 318,820

Arts Libraries

West Wing, Geisel Library
(858) 534-4811

The Arts Library provides collections, services, and facilities in support of the study and teaching of the arts, including film, music, visual arts, photography, and architecture. Arts Library holdings are rich in traditional print materials—such as books, periodicals, and musical scores—a full range of reference tools, and electronic resources. Various media collections, including sound (LP, CD, tape), digital images, moving-image materials (video, DVD, 16 mm film), and licensed resources, such as ARTstor (digital images) and digital audio databases, have been acquired. Our collections total more than a half-million items. The Arts Library offers traditional services, such as research assistance and on-site listening and viewing facilities, and unique services, such as digital reserves, which provide students with 24-7 access to Web-based sound and selected moving-image content in support of their course work.

Biomedical Library and Medical Center Library

Library Walk at Osler Drive
(858) 534-3253

The services and collections of the Biomedical Library and its branch Medical Center Library support the teaching, research, and patient care programs of the UCSD School of Medicine, the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Division of Biological Sciences, and the UC San Diego Medical Center. The Libraries’ combined collection of more than 217,000 volumes and access to more than 4,600 electronic and print serials provide in-depth access to the biomedical literature for UCSD students, faculty, and clinicians. The Medical Center Library is located in Hillcrest at the UCSD Medical Center, (619) 543-6520.

CLICS (Center for Library & Instructional Computing Services)

Galbraith Hall
(858) 822-5427

CLICS has 182 computers distributed on two floors in a general purpose computing lab setting, giving students access to many scholarly and reference sources. CLICS’ staff teach approximately 4,000 students per year how to do university level research to complete their course assignments. It is where students from all of the colleges mingle. There are small group rooms for collaborating on group projects, and one of the rooms is equipped with a device (CopyCam) that converts notes on the whiteboard to print, disk, or IP address. CLICS also has a presentation practice room equipped to project a student’s slideshow from their own laptop to a flat screen monitor so that students can rehearse for class presentations. CLICS is open 24-7 during exam week.

International Relations & Pacific Studies Library

Robinson Complex, Bldg. 3
(858) 534-7785

The IR/PS Library features materials on contemporary political, economic, and business affairs in East Asia, Latin America, and the rest of the Pacific Basin region. Its collection includes 138,000 volumes, 1,300 active periodical subscriptions, 146,000 microfiche, hundreds of online databases, thousands of electronic journals, and e-books in English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and other languages.

The Mandeville Special Collections Library

West Wing, Geisel Library
(858) 534-2533

The Mandeville Special Collections Library houses rare books, manuscripts, archives, original art, and other primary materials (250,000 books, 32 million manuscripts), which support specialized UCSD research and instructional programs. Areas of strength include experimental American poetry, the Spanish Civil War, Baja California, early voyages of exploration to the Pacific, modern science, Melanesian anthropology, California history, Dr. Seuss, and the history of UCSD. Students are encouraged to use the collections for their academic endeavors.

Science & Engineering Library (S&E)

East Wing, Geisel Library
(858) 534-3257

S&E Library print and online resources support research and teaching astronomy, biochemistry and chemistry, bioengineering, computer science, engineering, mathematics, nanoengineering, and physics. Computers, wireless Internet access, group study rooms, a presentation practice room, and a scanner are available. S&E librarians have expertise in finding numeric property data, standards, patents, and other science and technology information.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library

(858) 534-3274

Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library is one of the largest marine science libraries in the world. It has outstanding collections in marine biology, oceanography, climatology, and marine technology, and also specializes in geology, geophysics, and zoology.

Social Sciences & Humanities Library

Geisel Library
(858) 534-3336

The Social Sciences & Humanities Library (SSHL) provides services and collections to support the teaching and research of students and faculty in the social sciences and humanities disciplines. Services and collections are designed for all levels, from first-year students to seasoned scholars. The library provides a complete range of public services, including reference and research support, and print and electronic reserves for courses in the social sciences and humanities. The library has study spaces for students on quiet floors, in group study rooms, and open seating areas for discussion and collaboration. There is a Data & GIS Lab and computers for research and general use. Collections comprise 1.5 million printed volumes; San Diego, California, and U.S. government information; maps; geographic and numeric data; social science databases; and full-text electronic resources.

Student Services and Programs

Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs

Building 112 University Center
Mail Code 0015
(858) 534-4370

The Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs is responsible for the overall quality of life at UCSD for undergraduate and graduate students. The office provides coordination and direction to more than two dozen student service departments and works closely with other components of the campus to ensure that programs, services, policies, and procedures foster the development of students and the achievement of their academic and career goals.

Career Services Center

Located on Library Walk
Mail Code 0330
(858) 534-3750

The Career Services Center (CSC) helps students and alumni with career-related concerns and offers a wide range of programs and services throughout the year. Online registration at through Port Triton is required to use the center.

Exploring Career Options: Career advisors meet one-on-one with students to guide them through the phases of career development. Self-assessment tools, panel presentations, occupational resources, and networking programs are available to help students explore career options and determine career goals. CSC’s career library features career books, CDs, and videos, as well as computers for accessing career information on the Internet.

Internship Resources: All students are encouraged to gain practical work experience through internships. CSC is a one-stop shop for internship resources, information, and opportunities. Services include advising, workshops, internship listings, and the Internship SuperSite at The internship library includes internship directories, career-specific internship books, and computer stations to help students find local, regional, and national internships, including the UCDC Program in Washington, D.C.

Graduate and Professional School Preparation and Admission: All students considering an advanced degree in any field after graduation from UCSD should visit CSC for advice and information on schools, admission requirements, applications, recommendation letters, tests, essays, fellowships, and interviews. advisors assist students interested in any field of professional and graduate education, including medicine, law, business, teaching, and other health fields. Resources include over 2,000 professional and graduate school catalogs, directories, and brochures. Recruiters from across the country attend CSC’s Professional and Graduate School Info Fair and Law School Info Fair each fall.

Job/Internship Listings: CSC lists thousands of internships and part-time and full-time job listings year-round on Port Triton, including on-campus and off-campus work-study and non-work-study jobs. To access the listings, you must: 1) be currently enrolled at UCSD; or newly enrolled and have returned the UCSD Statement of Intent to Register; and 2) complete the online registration at Students are required to update their registration each academic year.

Job Search Preparation and Networking: Services include job search programs, resume and curriculum vitae critiques, and practice interview workshops. Professional association and networking contacts are available for job search advice and career information. CSC presents networking events throughout the year to connect students with professionals.

Job Fairs and On-Campus Interviewing: CSC presents the Triton Fall, Winter, and Spring Job and Internship Fairs each year featuring recruiters from a variety of organizations. Recruiters also conduct interviews on campus at CSC for career positions and internships.

Graduate Student Services: CSC offers special workshops and resources for master’s and Ph.D. students seeking academic or nonacademic careers. Resources include job search handbooks and a UCSD alumni contact list of nearly 700 Ph.D. recipients.

Alumni Services: University of California alumni are eligible to use CSC programs and services. Alumni registration fee required.

Online Resources: The CSC Web site features extensive resources and links, in-depth information, and easy-to-print publications for UCSD students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and recruiters.

Calendar of Events: CSC offers a variety of information sessions, group workshops, and special presentations. A quarterly calendar is available online and at CSC.

For more information and building hours, call (858) 534-3750 or go to

College Dean of Student Affairs’ Offices

Revelle, Mail Code 0321, (858) 534-3492

Muir, Mail Code 0106, (858) 534-3587

Marshall, Mail Code 0509, (858) 534-4390

Warren, Mail Code 0422, (858) 534-4731

Roosevelt, Mail Code 0546, (858) 534-2237

Sixth College, Mail Code 0054, (858) 822-5953

The offices of the college deans of student affairs perform many functions. They provide support, advice, counseling, and referral for students and parents in many areas including commuter, transfer, and residential matters. The deans’ offices develop and coordinate activities such as Orientation, Welcome Week, commencement; leadership and co-curricular learning opportunities; decisions about remaining in or withdrawing from school; college disciplinary matters; involvement in student governments; community service/volunteer opportunities; planning social, educational and cultural activities; assisting students with disabilities; and assisting in hearing procedures regarding grievances.

Contact your college dean of student affairs’ office for assistance, particularly if you do not know which university office or resource would best be able to assist you with your problem nor concern.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Central Location:
190 Galbraith
Mail Code 0304
(858) 534-3755

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides professional assistance with a wide array of personal difficulties that may interfere with academic success. Specific concerns for which students often seek assistance include loneliness and isolation, homesickness, parent/family/partner conflict, difficulty studying, concentrating or test-taking, challenges in interpersonal relations and communication, educational/career concerns, identity issues, sexuality, depression, and anxiety. Students often consult with counselors when experiencing a variety of life issues, transitions, or emotional situations. In order to enhance the UC San Diego student experience, Counseling and Psychological Services professionals also offer consultation to the university at large regarding a wide range of student issues.

Individual counseling, psychotherapy, marriage or relationship counseling, family sessions, and many issue-focused groups are provided to support the emotional and social growth of students. During the course of a year, special forums, psychotherapy groups, support groups, and psycho-educational groups are offered to students according to their needs and the demand for services. Listings are posted quarterly on the Web site.

CAPS is geared toward developing a positive and robust mental health climate in the university community. The emphasis is on helping students maintain healthy lifestyles so that they may enjoy a sense of wellness, express themselves with confidence, manifest their creativity and productivity, manage stress successfully, and engage in interpersonal relations as they achieve their career goals.

CAPS staff are clinical and counseling psychologists and psychologists-in-training. Student peer counselors present programs concerning a variety of topics to student groups throughout the year. In order to provide greater accessibility, the service has offices in all colleges, the Women’s Center, Center for Student Involvement, in addition to the central location at Galbraith Hall. Services are available to any currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student, and appointments can be arranged by contacting the central office. The counseling relationship is private and confidential.

Dining Services

Administration: The Loft above Café Ventanas
Eleanor Roosevelt College
Mail Code 0313
(858) 534-7587

Students, faculty, staff, and members of the public are welcome at all UC San Diego Dining Services restaurants. Ten locations serve a variety of high-quality and ethnically diverse food. Each offers a comfortable dining atmosphere with unique menus and convenient hours ranging from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Sample menus are online at

UCSD’s college residence program includes housing space and a Dining Plan, which can be used at any Dining Services location.

Triton Cash, the campus debit account, offers an easy and secure way to shop and dine at over forty locations, on and off campus. For more information, go to

Students use their official UC San Diego Campus Card to access the Dining Plan and Triton Cash.

Disabilities, Office for Students with (OSD)

202 University Center
Voice: (858) 534-4382
TDD: (858) 534-9709
Fax: (858) 534-4650

The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) is a department within Academic Affairs and is responsible for facilitating reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Students who request accommodations at UC San Diego need to register with OSD prior to the receipt of services. OSD encourages students to plan ahead for accommodations by

  • Submitting medical documentation to OSD that substantiates the functional limitations of the health condition(s) that accommodations are being requested for;
  • Acquiring a copy of the medical documentation guidelines for each condition to ensure an understanding of what documentation is required by OSD;
  • Meeting with a Disability Specialist to engage in the interactive process of exploring reasonable accommodations and services, given the requirements of the academic program;
  • Obtaining an Authorization for Accommodation (AFA) letter from OSD each quarter or period of study to provide a basis of communication for an individual’s eligibility for accommodations;
  • Discussing the eligible accommodations listed on the AFA with each faculty member, departmental liaison, advisor, or campus member leading the course or activity to form an understanding of how the accommodations will be provided each quarter;
  • Understanding how to appeal decisions regarding accommodation determinations, and the provision of services in a timely manner.

OSD is also a resource for faculty and staff during the accommodation process and welcomes the opportunity to discuss academic issues, such as:

  • When and how to refer students requesting classroom and exam modifications due to medical reasons;
  • Accommodations listed on the AFA;
  • Confidentiality of disability-related information;
  • How classroom and exam accommodations can be delivered;
  • Note-taker training;
  • Working with interpreters and captionists in the classroom;
  • How the competencies of academic programs, majors, and minors impact the provision of accommodations;
  • General information about accommodations and services due to disabilities.

Policies and procedures for and about students with disabilities, ranging in topic from accommodation requests to appeals, are located in a number of areas, including

Ethics and Spirituality, The Center for

Building 201 University Center
Mail Code 0081
(858) 534-2521

The Center for Ethics and Spirituality promotes dialogue on moral, ethical, spiritual and theological issues, questions, and concerns. Professional staff provides secular consultation, counseling, and education for the campus community.

Financial Aid

All financial assistance for undergraduate and medical students and need-based aid for graduate students is administered by the Financial Aid Office (FAO). Information relating to graduate student support in the form of fellowships and assistantships is presented in the catalog section entitled “Graduate Studies.”

The Financial Aid Office, which also includes the Undergraduate Scholarship Office and the Office of Veterans’ Affairs, is located in the Student Services Center, Third Floor North, 9500 Gilman Dr., Mail Code 0013, La Jolla, CA 92093-0013, and can be contacted at the phone numbers below.

Financial Aid Office(858) 534-4480
Veterans Affairs(858) 534-4480
Scholarship Office(858) 534-3263
Health Sciences Financial Aid(858) 534-4664

Our e-mail addresses are:,, (Veterans Benefits).

Other information about our services and programs is available on our Web site:

Applications and requests for information should be addressed to the Financial Aid Office, 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0013, La Jolla, CA 92093-0013.

No student should leave the university for financial reasons before exploring all possible avenues of assistance with a Financial Aid Office counselor. All information contained herein is intended to serve as a general guide and is subject to change due to new and revised federal, state, and University of California regulations and procedures.

Applying for Financial Aid

A student is eligible for financial aid if she or he

  1. Is a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  2. Has a valid Social Security number.
  3. Is not in default on a federal student loan or has made satisfactory arrangements to repay it.
  4. Does not owe money back on a federal student grant or has made satisfactory arrangements to repay it.
  5. Is registered with Selective Service (males at least eighteen years old, unless not required).
  6. Is enrolled at UCSD (minimum of six units per quarter) in a degree or certificate program. Limited status students (non-degree/non-certificate) enrolled in a course of study necessary to be accepted in a degree or certificate program are only eligible for one year of Federal Stafford Loan(s). After one year, these limited status students are not eligible for any financial aid funding.
  7. Is making satisfactory academic progress for financial aid recipients.

Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as a condition for maintaining eligibility for financial aid. For UC San Diego undergraduate financial aid recipients the standards are thirty-six units (or an average of twelve units per quarter for full-time enrollment) and an overall grade-point average of 2.0 during the current academic year and the following summer (similar unit requirements apply to graduate students who must maintain a 3.0 minimum GPA). Undergraduate students are considered for all financial aid sources up to their fifth year of college attendance (except for Cal Grants) and limited funding up to their sixth year. For graduate student duration requirements and for more detailed information on UCSD’s Satisfactory Academic Progress standards for students enrolled full-time in a degree program, please see our Web site at For policy information on approved part-time status students, limited status and extension students, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

For evaluation of financial need, all applicants must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and, if requested, copies of the 2008 federal income tax returns, and any other required documents. The FAFSA form should be filed by March 2, 2009, the UCSD priority filing date, with the appropriate processing agency and must indicate the University of California, San Diego (list Federal School Code 001317) to receive a processed copy of the FAFSA. Late applicants will be considered for limited aid. All supporting documents must be submitted and all processing holds must be cleared by the student by May 1, 2009, to be considered for University Grant, Work Study, Federal Perkins Loan, or University Loan.

Receiving Financial Aid

UC financial aid for students with demonstrated financial need is funded by a combination, or “package”, of gift and self-help aid. Grants and scholarships are awards that do not have to be repaid. Self-help aid may consist of a loan, which does have to be repaid, or a work-study award, earned by working a part-time job while attending school, or a combination of both. UCSD ensures that students in similar circumstances receive similar packages. Grant funds are directed to the most needy students. Students who are nonresidents of California should note that need-based financial aid funds are not sufficient to meet the additional cost of nonresident tuition ($20,021 during 2008–09). The family should be prepared to provide this amount from their own personal resources or educational loan programs. The various types of aid and programs which may be included in need-based packages are listed below:

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant program is designed to provide financial assistance to undergraduates attending postsecondary educational institutions. Amounts range from $976 to $5,356 for 2009–10.

Federal Academic Competitiveness Grants (ACG)

ACG awards are for first or second year full-time undergraduate students who have completed a rigorous secondary school program of study. Second year students must have at least a 3.0 GPA as of the end of his or her first academic year of undergraduate study.

University of California Grant Program

The University of California Grant Program provides grants to undergraduate and graduate students.

Federal Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grants

SMART grants are available to third or fourth year full-time undergraduate students with at least a 3.0 GPA, pursuing a major in physical, life, or computer sciences, mathematics, technology, engineering, or a critical foreign language.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

SEOG awards are federally funded and are available only to undergraduates. Awards may range from $100 to $4,000 per academic year.

Cal Grants (Undergraduate)

Cal Grants are awarded by the California Student Aid Commission to undergraduate California residents. All resident applicants for UCSD aid are required to apply for a Cal Grant. To be considered as a new recipient, the FAFSA and the GPA Verification Form must be postmarked on or prior to March 2, 2009. Current recipients must file a FAFSA each year to have their awards renewed.


Federal and state work-study awards are employment programs that provide funds for student employment by the university or by public and private profit/nonprofit organizations. The work-study program provides experience in many fields, including experimental sciences, library work, recreation, computer sciences, peer counseling, and office work. Pay ranges from minimum wage and above. Job listings and referrals are provided through the Career Services Center.

Federal Perkins Loans

This loan carries a 5 percent interest rate. Students begin paying both the principal and the interest nine months after ceasing to be enrolled at least half-time.

University Loans

This loan is available to undergraduate students demonstrating financial need. Repayment of both the principal and the 5 percent fixed interest begins nine months after ceasing to be enrolled at least half-time.

Federal Subsidized Stafford Loans

The annual maximum allowed during the first year of undergraduate study is $3,500. Sophomores can borrow an annual maximum of $4,500, and the yearly limit for juniors and seniors is $5,500, with an undergraduate cumulative maximum of $23,000. Graduate students may borrow up to $8,500 per academic year with an aggregate sum up to $65,000, including the amount borrowed as an undergraduate. The interest rate is fixed at 5.6 percent for loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2009.

The federal government pays (subsidizes) the interest on the student’s behalf during in-school (enrolled in six units or more), grace, and authorized deferment periods. Repayment of principal and interest begins six months after the borrower leaves school or ceases to be enrolled as a half-time student.

Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Students who do not have financial need eligibility for the maximum Federal Stafford Loan may borrow under this program. The annual maximum and interest rate are the same as the Subsidized Stafford Loan. Dependent undergraduates may borrow an additional $2,000. Independent undergraduates may borrow an additional $4,000 to $5,000 annually; graduate students may borrow an additional $12,000 annually. The maximums include amounts borrowed under the Federal Stafford Loan program. Aggregate maximums are $31,000 for dependent undergraduates, $57,500 for independent undergraduates, and $138,500 for graduate students. The interest is not paid on the student’s behalf. Interest begins accruing immediately after disbursement, but payment of principal and interest may be deferred until six months after ceasing to be enrolled for six units or more. The amount borrowed cannot exceed the cost of education minus other financial aid resources (including other need-based loans).

Federal PLUS Loans for Parents

Parents of dependent undergraduate students are eligible to borrow under this program if they have no adverse credit history and meet program eligibility requirements. The interest rate for this loan is fixed at 8.5 percent. Parents are eligible to borrow up to the cost of education minus other financial aid (including other loans). The first payment is due within sixty days after disbursement by the lender.

Federal PLUS Loan for Graduate and Professional Students

Students registered in graduate and professional programs are eligible to borrow under this federal loan program if they have no adverse credit history and meet other program eligibility requirements. The interest rate for the loan is fixed at 8.5 percent. Students can borrow up to the cost of education minus other financial aid (including other loans). Students should first apply for the Federal Stafford Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans before applying for the Grad PLUS.

Summer Session Financial Aid

Limited financial aid is available for UCSD students who qualify and enroll in Summer Session at UCSD or other UC campuses. In addition to the FAFSA, a Summer Session application must be completed. Types of aid include a limited amount of grants and loans. More information on Summer Session financial aid is available at

Triton Registration Installment Plan (TRIP)

The UCSD Triton Registration Installment Plan (TRIP), administered by the Student Business Services (SBS), is a monthly payment arrangement and is available for students who desire an alternative method of financing their registration fees on a short-term basis. All students in good financial and academic standing are eligible for the program, except for those students whose financial aid or graduate support will pay their registration fees by the quarterly registration fee due date. A prerequisite to applying for the program is enrollment for the term. The TRIP allows registration fees to be paid in up to three installments each quarter. On a three-month plan, the first payment is required by the quarterly registration due date. The remaining payments are itemized on the student’s next two monthly UCSD Billing Statements. There is a $30 nonrefundable quarterly fee that must be submitted with the application to the Billing Services unit of the Student Business Services Office. This fee is strictly used to offset the costs of the program. For further information, please contact the Billing Services Unit at (858) 534-6806, or online at:

Short-Term Emergency Loans

The limited emergency loan funds, administered by the Financial Aid Office, are loaned in small amounts to help students in critical short-term emergencies, and usually must be repaid within thirty days. There currently is a service charge of $20 per emergency loan, and students must be enrolled in at least six units. Registration fees must be paid prior to applying. Applications and further information are available from the Financial Aid Office.

Federal Tax Credits

Two federal tax credits may benefit you or your parents, if the grants and scholarships you receive do not fully cover your fees. Both tax credits are tied to the tuition and fees paid for college.

The Hope Scholarship Credit (up to $1,500) is available for the first two years of at-least-half-time enrollment in postsecondary education.

The Lifetime Learning Credit (up to $1,000 per tax year) is available for postsecondary enrollment at any level.

To find out more about these tax credits, consult your tax advisor or visit the U.S. Dept. of Education Web site and the “Where Do You Want to Go” section on TritonLink.

Graduate Financial Assistance

See catalog section titled “Graduate Studies” for additional types of financial assistance available to graduate students.

The Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The purpose of the Undergraduate Scholarship Program at UCSD is to recognize outstanding achievement, to encourage academic excellence, and to offer support to meritorious students.

Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis by the UCSD Faculty Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships and Honors. Merit scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence. Restricted scholarships are awarded based on one or more additional criteria or restrictions such as financial need, study in a particular major, or leadership. Students who are awarded scholarships restricted by financial need must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to receive the award. Additionally, Undergraduate Research Scholarships are offered to current students which enable them to pursue special studies and projects under faculty supervision.

Scholarship Donors

UCSD is actively engaged in developing new scholarship opportunities. Many of these
awards were established through the generous support of individual donors, foundations, businesses, and community organizations. Every
gift toward undergraduate scholarships is appreciated and appropriately recognized. Further information about supporting scholarships at UCSD may be obtained from Kim Signoret-Paar, Director of Student Affairs Development. Ms. Signoret-Paar may be reached at (858) 822-1536 or Her address is 9500 Gilman Drive # 0937, La Jolla, CA 92093-0937.

Scholarship Information

You may view a listing of scholarships and financial aid resources on the UCSD Financial Aid Office (FAO) Web site at:

Scholarship Office Address

The Scholarship Office is part of the UCSD Financial Aid Office and is located in Student Services Center, 401 University Center, Third Floor North, 9500 Gilman Dr., Mail Code 0013, La Jolla, CA 92093-0013, at the corner of Gilman Drive and Myers Drive. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Wedneday, and Friday; Tuesdays and Thursdays open 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For additional information regarding the scholarship program, contact the Scholarship Office at or (858) 534-3263.

How to Apply for Scholarships

Entering Students

The University of California Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarships is also used to apply for the UCSD Regents and other entering freshmen undergraduate scholarships. No other paperwork is required. The application is submitted in November for the following academic year. Because scholarships are awarded to entering students on a very competitive basis, students should carefully comply with instructions on the UC Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarships to ensure full consideration for all eligible scholarships. Entering students who receive a scholarship from UCSD will be notified in writing by April 1. We regret that we are unable to mail denial notification letters to other applicants.

Current UCSD Students

Current UCSD students apply for scholarships annually during winter quarter for the following fall quarter by filing the UCSD Continuing Student Scholarship Application. This application is available online via TritonLink in December and is due in February. Current students who receive a scholarship from UCSD will be notified in writing by early June. Students who do not receive an award will not be notified due to the large volume of applications.

UCSD Undergraduate Scholarships

The scholarships listed below are generally available at UCSD. Although every effort is made to present the most accurate information, this listing is subject to change due to federal, state, and university funding limitations, and changes in policy or law.

Entering Freshman Awards

Regents Scholarship: The Regents Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship awarded to outstanding entering freshmen on the basis of academic achievement. This scholarship is offered to entering freshmen for four undergraduate years. If a student is offered the Regents Scholarship and has financial need, the student will receive additional scholarship and/or grant funds up to the amount of demonstrated need for four undergraduate academic years, excluding non-resident tuition costs. Entering freshmen applying in the 2009–10 academic year without documented financial need will receive a four-year honorarium of $8,000, paid at $2,000 per year for the four years of their undergraduate appointment at UCSD. Entering freshmen apply for the Regents Scholarship through the admissions application. UCSD Regents Scholars are also eligible for certain undergraduate privileges and recognitions such as preferred class enrollment, extended housing benefits for four years (providing housing deadlines are met), UCSD college of choice at time of admission, extended student library privileges, honors program at select colleges, the Regents Freshman Research Initiative, and the Academic Enrichment Faculty Mentor Program.

Chancellor’s Scholarship: Awarded to outstanding entering freshmen on the basis of academic achievement, and other factors, which may include financial need, extracurricular and community activities, educational environment, and first-generation college attendance. As a Chancellor’s Scholar, students will receive the following undergraduate benefits: Extended housing benefits (provided housing deadlines are met) and priority registration for four years as a UCSD undergraduate scholar; extended library privileges; participation in the Academic Enrichment Faculty Mentor Program, and the Emeriti Mentoring Program. This is a four-year undergraduate award, up to $20,000, paid in the amount of up to $5,000 annually.

The following scholarships are part of the Chancellor’s Scholarship Program:

  • Albert C. and Elisabeth L. Boyer Scholarship
  • Ernest N. Carter Hispanic Scholarship for Engineers
  • Hispanic Scholarship Council Scholarship
  • Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Scholarship
  • Logan L. Page Scholarship
  • Elizabeth Stupp Kohl Scholarship for Women Engineers
  • Madge E. Lawhead Scholarship
  • S. Falck Nielsen Scholarship
  • Gerald and Inez Grant Parker Foundation Scholarship
  • Maree Gill Scholarship
  • Rose Foundation Scholarship
  • Shimotori Memorial Scholarship
  • Justin D. Smith Family Scholarship
  • Ludwig and Ada Strauss Scholarship
  • Woolley Family Scholarship

Alternative Break Scholarship: Awarded to students participating in the Alternative Break Program with priority for those with demonstrated financial need. This is a one-year award and the amount varies.

James Avery Scholarship: Awarded to an African-American student pursuing studies in the performing or visual arts, with a preference for students enrolled in Thurgood Marshall College. This is a four-year award up to $4,000, paid in the amount of up to $1,000 annually.

Black Alumni Scholarship: Awarded to entering African-American students based on academic merit. This is a four-year award up to $4,000, paid in the amount of up to $1,000 annually.

Clayton H. Brace Scholarship: Awarded to an entering student with an interest in communications. This is a one-year award. The award amount varies.

CREATE Undergraduate Scholarship: Awarded to entering freshmen who have graduated from a San Diego high school participating in the UCSD CREATE program. The amount and term of the award varies.

Herbert Greenberg Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to entering freshmen based on academic merit and demonstrated financial need. The award amount and term varies.

Kelly J. Kolozsi Scholarship: This outside agency scholarship is awarded to students in the following priority: (1) Graduates of Menlo Atherton High School; (2) graduates of a high school in the Sequoia Union High School District. Preference is given to students diagnosed with a learning disability. This is a one-year award. The award amount varies. The recipients are chosen by the Kolozsi Scholarship Selection Committee.

Ledell Family Scholarship: Awarded to entering freshmen based on academic merit. This is a four-year award up to $10,000, paid in the amount of up to $2,500 annually.

McFarland Scholarship: Awarded to Native-American entering freshmen based on academic merit. This is a four-year award up to $10,000, paid in the amount of up to $2,500 annually.

Dr. A.R. Moossa Scholarship: Awarded to pre-medical students who plan a career as a physician, have financial need, and are full-time students with at least a 3.0 GPA. This is a four-year award up to $8,000, paid in the amount of up to $2,000 annually.

National Merit University-Sponsored Scholarships: Entering students: As of fall 2006, UCSD no longer sponsors entering freshmen National Merit Scholarships.

Sheila Owens-Collins Scholarship: Awarded to an African-American student pursuing studies in the life sciences. This is a four-year award up to $4,000, paid in the amount of up to $1,000 annually.

George Parker Memorial Scholarship: Awarded based on financial need to students who were orphaned for at least three years prior to the age of eighteen, and/or who were raised in foster care for at least three years immediately prior to the age of eighteen. Students must show evidence of orphan or foster care status. This is a renewable award, paid in the amount of up to $2,000 annually.

Mary Pillot Scholarship: Awarded to meritorious graduates of San Jose High School Academy, as nominated by the high school principal. This is a one-year award up to $500.

Preuss School Scholarships at UCSD: Awarded to graduates of the UCSD Preuss School who have been admitted to UCSD, and who have high financial need. The award amount and term varies. The following scholarships are part of Preuss School Scholarship Program:

  • Jack In The Box Scholarship
  • Janice and Steven Chaffin Endowed Scholarship
  • Hispanic Scholarship Council Scholarship
  • Herbert and Renita Greenberg Scholarship
  • Rebecca E. Lytle Scholarship
  • Preuss School Scholarship at UCSD Fund

Ray and Betty Ramseyer Scholarship: Awarded to an entering student with an interest in the social sciences. This is a four-year award up to $4,000, paid in the amount of up to $1,000 annually.

Roger and Ellen Revelle Scholarship: Awarded to entering freshmen based on academic merit. This is a four-year award up to $10,000, paid at up to $2,500 annually.

UC San Diego Athletic Scholarship: Awarded to UCSD Intercollegiate Student-Athletes, upon approval by the Intercollegiate Athletics Department, who meet additional required academic criteria. Entering student-athletes meet the academic criteria upon admissions. Renewal requires a cumulative UC GPA of 2.50 for sophomores, 2.60 for juniors, and 2.70 for seniors, and continued participation in Intercollegiate Athletics. This is a one-year $500 award that is renewable up to five years.

Mary S. and Joseph W. Watson Scholarship: Awarded to entering freshmen with financial need from San Diego or Imperial Counties, with preference given as follows: Students whose K–12 education has been in aforementioned counties, first generation college students, not receiving other privately funded UCSD scholarships, majoring in physical sciences or arts and humanities. This is a four-year award up to $8,000, paid in the amount of up to $2,000 annually.

Allene Huanani Wong Scholarship: Awarded to entering freshmen from Hawaii, with a preference for students majoring in science or engineering. This is a four-year award up to $10,000 per year.

Awarded to Students Transferring from Community Colleges

Engelhorn Family Scholarship: The Engelhorn Family Scholarships are awarded to transfer students who are participants in the UniversityLink program, have high financial need, with a preference for students who are first-generation college students. This is a two-year award, paid in the amount of up to $2,000 annually.

Current Student Awards

Alumni Leadership Scholarship: Awarded to full-time students who will be juniors in 2009–10, with a 3.0+ GPA, demonstrated financial need, and demonstrated campus or community leadership during UCSD undergraduate years. This is a two-year award up to $2,000 annually.

In addition to the above scholarships, other Alumni Leadership Scholarships have been made possible by individual donors. These endowed scholarships may have special criteria. Please see the scholarship Web site for more information:

  • Bay Area Alumni Scholarship
  • Brutten Family Scholarship
  • Gregory T. Bryan Scholarship
  • Cambon Family Scholarship
  • Dottie Conway Memorial Scholarship
  • William M. Fitzmaurice, ’79, Scholarship
  • Hajim Family Scholarship
  • Kevin T. Hart Memorial Scholarship
  • Violet and Matthew N. Lehrer, ’91, Scholarship
  • Joseph H. Lima, ’87, Scholarship
  • Marchick-Rallo Scholarship
  • Karen Moraghan, ’81, Scholarship
  • Nelson Family Scholarship
  • Stephen M. O’Leary, ’84, Memorial Scholarship
  • Patricia Ordonez Valva, ’92, Memorial Scholarship
  • Philip R. and Pamela Fadem Palisoul, ’72, Family Scholarship
  • Vickerman/Munoz Family Scholarship
  • Walsh Chacon Malone Scholarship
  • C. Robert Wartell Memorial Scholarship
  • Waxman Family Scholarship

Christopher B. Arrott—Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Scholarship: Awarded to gay, lesbian, or bisexual undergraduate students with a record of active service and involvement in the gay, lesbian, and bisexual community. This is a one-year award up to $1,000.

Charles and Clara Ash Scholarship: Awarded to students with demonstrated financial need. This is a one-year award. The award amount varies.

BAE SYSTEMS Scholarship: Awarded to full-time students who are seniors in the 2009–10 academic year, with a 3.2+ GPA, majoring in computer science, applied mathematics, computer or electrical engineering with a computer sciences emphasis, are U.S. citizens and plan to pursue a career in computer science in San Diego. This is a one-year award up to $5,000.

Errett Bishop Scholarship: Awarded to upper division mathematics majors with financial need. Preference given to 2009–10 graduating seniors. The award amount varies up to $3,000.

The Darcy C. and Robert Bingham Scholarship: Awarded to full-time students who are in good academic standing and are employed with UCSD Recreation, UCSD Student Affairs, or UCSD. Students must work for a minimum of fifteen hours per week during the three-quarter academic year at UCSD, and must have worked at least one quarter prior to the submission of their application. This is a one-year award up to $1,500.

Boeing Engineering Scholarship: Awarded to full-time students majoring in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, computer science, or computer engineering, who have demonstrated high financial need. This is a one-year award up to $2,000.

Tom Bond Revelle College Scholarship: Awarded to Revelle College students who will be seniors in 2009–10, have a 3.7+ GPA, and participated in significant extracurricular campus activity. This is a one-year award up to $1,000.

Ken Bowles Scholarship for CSE: Awarded to seniors majoring in Computer Science Engineering, with a 3.0+ GPA. Preference given to financial need students who have knowledge and/or experience with the UCSD Pascal application. This is a one-year award up to $2,000.

Braille Transcribers Guild: Awarded to students who are legally blind, or have substantial, uncorrectable vision loss, registered with the UCSD Office for Students with Disabilities. This award amount and term varies.

CK and Jenny Cheng CSE/ECE Scholarship: Awarded to undergraduate students majoring in computer science and engineering or electrical and computer engineering at the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering, based on academic merit. The scholarship is a one-year award of approximately $300.

Cohu, Inc.-James W. Barnes Scholarship: Awarded to full-time current undergraduate students majoring in mechanical, electrical, computer engineering or computer science, with a 3.0+ GPA. This is a one-year award up to $2,000.

Thomas E. Curtis Scholarship: Awarded to juniors or seniors in the 2009–10 academic year, majoring in the fields of biology, chemistry, or physics, who also demonstrate interest in the larger world around them, with leadership-level involvement outside the classroom, and have a minimum 2.75 GPA. This is a one-year award. The award amount varies, up to $2,000.

Brython P. Davis Scholarship: Awarded to current students whose parent is or was a regular member of the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. This is a one-year award. The award amount varies.

Richard L. and Fern W. Erion and Laidlaw-Erion Scholarships: Awarded to full-time UCSD students who will be seniors in 2009–10, with demonstrated financial need, as determined by information submitted on their 2009–10 FAFSA. The award amount varies, up to $2,000.

Klara D. Eckart Scholarship: Awarded to current students in the fields of computation, mathematics, or physics. This is a one-year award. The award amount varies, up to $1,000.

The Willis and Jane Fletcher Foundation and P and G Company Scholarship: This outside agency scholarship is awarded to a graduate of a San Diego County high school with demonstrated financial need. This is a one-year award up to $2,500.

Marye Anne Fox and James Whitesell Scholarship: Awarded to students majoring in natural sciences or engineering. Preference given to students with financial need, and who are dependents of UCSD employees. This is a one-year award and the amount varies.

Jaye Haddad Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to students who have been diagnosed with cancer, with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, with AIDS-related conditions, or to students with physical disabilities. This is a one-year award up to $1,000.

E. Coke Hill Scholarship: Awarded to students with demonstrated financial need. This is a one-year award. The award amount varies.

I Pledge Student Scholarship: This scholarship was established by the UCSD Student Foundation and paid for by current students through quarterly donations. Awarded to continuing students who have demonstrated a commitment to building the UCSD community. This is a one-year award up to $2,000.

Irvine Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to students based on academic merit. This is generally a one-year award. The award amount varies.

Jeffrey R. Leifer Scholarship: Awarded to current students who have demonstrated financial need and academic merit, are the first generation in their family to attend college, and graduated from California high schools that historically are underrepresented at UC campuses. This scholarship has been established through the generous contributions of Jeffrey R. Leifer. As a student at UCSD, he served as associated student body president and founded International Student Pugwash, a worldwide organization dedicated to issues surrounding ethics, technology, and society. This is a one-year award and the amount varies, up to $1,000.

Alice Marriott Scholarship: Awarded to students with demonstrated financial need. This is a one-year award. The award amount varies.

Thurgood Marshall College Scholarship: Awarded to students enrolled in Marshall College who have a 3.2 GPA by the end of spring quarter, and have completed a minimum of seventy-two graded quarter units. Transfer students need thirty-six graded UCSD units with a 3.2 GPA and 3.5 cumulative GPA in advanced standing work. Seniors who apply should have a minimum of thirty-six units remaining to be completed in the academic year the scholarship is awarded with a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA. This is a one-year award up to $1,800.

Marx and Marshall—Gay and Lesbian Scholarship: Awarded to gay and lesbian students with a record of active service and involvement in the gay, lesbian, and bisexual community. This is a one-year award. Preference will be given to students with financial need. The award amount is up to $1,000. Recipients may reapply.

Michael Miller Engineering Scholarship for Transfer Students: Awarded to undergraduate transfer students who are majoring in engineering, have a 3.0+ GPA, and demonstrated financial need. This is a one-year award up to $2,500.

LaVerne Noyes Scholarship: Awarded to current students who have demonstrated financial need and are descendants of U.S. World War I Veterans (defined as four months of service in the U.S. military prior to November 11, 1918). This is a one-year award. The award amount varies.

George Parker Memorial Scholarship: Awarded based on financial need to students who were orphaned for at least three years prior to the age of eighteen, and/or who were raised in foster care for at least three years immediately prior to the age of eighteen. Students must show evidence of orphan or foster care status. This is a renewable award, paid in the amount of up to $2,000 annually.

Tracee Parsons Scholarship for UCSD LGBT Students in Math and Science: Awarded to current gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgender undergraduate students based on academic merit, financial need, and demonstrated commitment to the fields of math and/or science. This is a one-year award up to $1,000.

Cheryl Renee Persky Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to electrical engineering or computer science majors. This is a one-year award and the amount varies.

Sven Peterson Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to a current freshman or sophomore, UCSD Warren College student, enrolled full-time, majoring in an area other than engineering or life sciences. The recipient must have been placed on the college provost’s honors list at least one quarter during his or her academic career in advance of applying for the award and must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. The award amount varies.

Tenie Remmel Memorial Scholarship: Awarded based on academic merit and demonstrated financial need to a full-time student in the Division of Physical Sciences. This is a one-year award of up to $1,000.

Gary C. Reynolds Scholarship: Awarded to students who will be juniors or seniors in 2009–10, who are mathematics-computer science majors, who show exceptional promise for making future contributions in their field of study. The amount of this award varies up to $2,000.

Elizabeth W. RusselI Scholarship: Awarded to students who will be juniors or seniors in 2009–10 who are pursuing studies in studio art, art history, or art criticism/theory. The award amount varies.

SAGA Scholarship: Awarded to juniors, seniors, or fifth-year seniors, in 2009–10, with financial need, 3.0+ GPA, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, open to majors in science and technology, and who work twenty or more hours a week, with a preference for first generation college students (not required). This is a one-year scholarship up to $4,000 for full-time summer internship and professional skills training.

Senior Gift Scholarship: This scholarship was established by UCSD graduating seniors to recognize outstanding seniors, or senior transfer students, who have qualified for financial aid and have demonstrated the philanthropic spirit through community service. This is a one-year award up to $1,000.

Malcolm R. Stacey Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to Jewish students in the following priority: 1) undergraduate who is an orphan and preparing for graduate study in aeronautical engineering, 2) undergraduate in the field of aeronautical engineering, 3) a student in the division of engineering, and 4) a student in any field of study. This is a one-year award. The award amount varies.

William H. Stout Scholarship: Awarded to students based on academic merit. This is a one-year award. The award amount varies.

Russ Ty—Gay and Lesbian Scholarship: Awarded to gay and lesbian students based on academic merit and financial need. This is a one-year award. The award amount is a maximum of $1,000.

UC San Diego Athletic Scholarship: Awarded to UCSD Intercollegiate Student-Athletes, upon approval by the Intercollegiate Athletics Department, who meet additional required academic criteria. Entering student-athletes meet the academic criteria upon admissions. Renewal requires a cumulative UC GPA of 2.50 for sophomores, 2.60 for juniors, and 2.70 for seniors, and continued participation in Intercollegiate Athletics. This is a one-year $500 award that is renewable up to five years.

UCSD Faculty-Staff Employee Dependent Scholarship: Awarded to students with a 3.0+ GPA, demonstrated financial need, who are daughters or sons of university employees. This is a one-year award and the amount varies.

UCSD LGBT Resource Center Undergraduate Scholarship: Awarded to UCSD gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgender students based on merit, need, and significant experience with issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity. This is a one-year award up to $1,000.

UCSD Town and Gown Scholarship: Awarded to full-time 2009–10 juniors or seniors with a 3.4+ GPA, demonstrated financial need, and exceptional promise for making future contributions in public or community service (including but not limited to foreign affairs, medicine, social service, political science). This is a one-year award up to $5,000.

UJIMA Black History Month Scholarship, in honor of Mary and Joseph Watson: Awarded to students with an African American Studies minor in the performing arts and humanities and/or the social and natural sciences. This is a one-year award up to $500.

Visual Arts Endowment Scholarship: Awarded to full-time current students, with the intent to support talented undergraduates majoring in visual arts. This is a one-year award up to $4,000.

Robert and Pat Whalen Military Transfer Scholarship: Awarded to transfer students who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces as enlisted or non-commissioned officers, have financial need, and are majoring in engineering. Preference given to those who have transferred to UCSD through Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) or UniversityLink. This is a one-year award and the amount varies.

If you have any questions regarding graduate scholarships, they should be directed to the Office of Graduate Studies at (858) 534-3555.

Undergraduate Research Scholarships

These special awards are for current undergraduate students who wish to engage in special studies or research projects under faculty supervision. The work must be above and beyond the normal course of study. The subject matter does not have to be related to the student’s major, minor, or other course work. These are one-year awards; however, a student may submit a new application each year for consideration. Awards are up to $3,500 one-year scholarships.

Applications are available from the UCSD Financial Aid Office in February and are due in April. Winners are notified by the middle of June. All recipients are required to submit a brief final summary report, including details of how the funds were used. Also, the sponsoring faculty member must submit a review and appraisal of the results of the project.

Amylin Pharmaceuticals Research Scholarship will give consideration to juniors or seniors in 2009–10, majoring in biological sciences or bioengineering who submit projects related to diabetes. The award is up to $3,000.

Biological Sciences Eureka! Scholarship promotes engagement in basic and translational biology by facilitating students’ participation in research opportunities both at the UC San Diego campus and at research facilities on the San Diego mesa. Students must be juniors or seniors in 2009–10 with a declared major in the Division of Biological Sciences. Successful proposals will show evidence that the scholarship will provide the students with an opportunity to have a significant research experience. The award is up to $3,500.

David Marc Belkin Memorial Research Scholarship will give preference to those proposals designed to pursue special studies and projects in the general areas of environmental and ecological issues. The award amount varies up to $3,000.

Julia Brown Research Scholarship: Awarded to juniors or seniors in the 2009–10 academic year, whose career objectives are in health-care medicine, medical research, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, or public health. Preference given to students with extenuating circumstances or financial need. This is a one-year award up to $3,500.

Chancellor’s Research Scholarship will give consideration to proposals regardless of project topic. The award is up to $3,000.

Dynes/Hellman Research Scholarship will give preference to those proposals designed to pursue special studies and projects in physics. The award is up to $3,000.

David Jay Gambee Memorial Research Fellowship will give preference to proposals which involve the student as an active citizen in university governance, the local community, or national and international affairs. Also receiving preference are proposals which lead to a heightened awareness of the relationship between environment and society. Service in the community through volunteer activities or participation in programs related to the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation is encouraged. The award varies up to $3,000.

Doris A. Howell Foundation Research Scholarship will give consideration to juniors or seniors in the 2009–10 academic year whose proposals are designed to improve the physical, mental, spiritual and behavioral health, and/or well-being of women, with a preference given to applications that study the prevention of disease such as diabetes, obesity, cancer, etc. Proposals may encompass all areas related to women’s health including biological, medical, cultural, economic, behavioral, psycho-social, or cross-cultural influences. The essay must describe how the project specifically addresses women’s health or well-being. The Howell Foundation for Research in Women’s Health is a not-for-profit spin-off of Soroptimist International of La Jolla. The award is up to $3,000.

Mary Louise and Charlie Robins Endowed Scholarship will give preference to those proposals designed to pursue special studies and projects in marine sciences. The award is up to $3,000.

Warren College Undergraduate Research Scholarship was established to encourage outstanding UCSD Warren students of all majors to engage in scholarly research. U.S. citizenship is not required. Up to five scholarships are awarded annually. The award is up to $1,000.

Scholarships for Study Abroad

UCSD students study abroad through the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP), the UCSD Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP), and the UCSD Global Seminars (GS). In addition to the UCSD scholarships listed above, study abroad students may also qualify for special awards restricted to EAP, OAP, and GS participants. All of the scholarships listed below require a separate application through the International Center, unless otherwise indicated.

For more information about these scholarships and other outside opportunities for study abroad, contact the Programs Abroad Office at the International Center at (858) 534-1123 or via e-mail to:

Betty Tate International Scholarships: Awarded based on financial need and students must have a minimum 2.8 GPA.

Chris Borton Memorial Study Abroad Scholarships: Awarded on the basis of academic merit and without consideration of financial need.

EAP Scholarships: Awarded primarily on the basis of financial need.

Global Seminars Scholarships: Awarded to students participating in UCSD’s Global Seminars. Awarded primarily on the basis of financial need.

Eleanor Roosevelt College (ERC) Scholarships: Awarded to ERC students with financial need. Applicants should apply through ERC.

Ernest Mort International Scholarship for Revelle: Awarded to Revelle students studying abroad.

Fliesbach International Study Scholarship: Awarded to students majoring in visual arts, anthropology, theatre, or dance.

Friends of the International Center: Awarded predominantly on academic merit, with some consideration of financial need.

Judaic Studies Scholarship: Awarded to students bound for Israel, with preference given to students with a major or minor in Judaic studies. Applicant should apply through the Department of Judaic Studies.

Stephen P. L’Italien Jr. Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to LGBT students studying abroad. Applicants should apply through the LGBT Resource Center.

Study Abroad Scholarships: Awarded to entering freshmen to be used on any of UCSD’s recognized credit-earning study abroad programs, enrolled in at least eight credits. The award is based upon need, and is $1,000. Awards not used on UCSD’s recognized programs will be forfeited.

So Family Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship: Awarded to students going to China, Hong Kong, and/or Taiwan.

Internship Programs

University of California President’s Washington D.C. Scholarship: Awarded to students on internship in Washington D.C. with financial need and a 3.0 GPA. Applicants should apply through the Academic Internship Program Office: (858) 534-4355 or the UC/DC Program Office: (858) 534-2705.

Intergroup Relations Program

Price Center East, Level 3
(858) 534-6708
Mail Code 0078

The Intergroup Relations Program serves as an intergroup relations resource center for the UC San Diego campus providing programs and services relating to hate/bias prevention, mediation of student intergroup conflict, and issues that affect campus climate.

We achieve our mission through the following methods: education, problem resolution, campus climate assessment, and collaboration with UCSD departments and other universities.

International Center

(Corner of Gilman Drive and Library Walk)
Mail Code 0018
(858) 534-3730
Fax: (858) 534-0909
Facility reservation: (858) 534-6442

The International Center assists U.S. students going abroad, as well as international students, scholars, and families, and facilitates interaction among all UCSD students, faculty, and staff with international interests. The International Center’s mission is to promote and support international exchange and education, and to:

  • Provide the UCSD community with experiences that foster global perspectives, cross-cultural competence, and appreciation for diversity.
  • Support UCSD international students, scholars, and study abroad participants with services that enhance the quality of their intercultural experience and contribute to their academic success.
  • Facilitate UCSD’s participation in global scholarship and international educational exchange.

The International Center is made up of four distinct offices: the Programs Abroad Office (PAO); the International Student Office; the International Scholar Office; and the Dean’s Office. Each office has its own focus.

PAO serves the needs of all UCSD students. It helps those thinking about study abroad to learn about the options available, and it guides students through the process of applying to a program, going abroad, and returning. Orientation and advising are offered at every step of the way.

The International Student and Scholar Offices focus on the needs of all international students and scholars at UCSD. They provide services to help internationals navigate the regulatory maze all the way through completion of the program, from getting a visa and complying with I-94 regulations to getting employment authorization, paying taxes, and traveling internationally.

Also, the Friends of the International Center is a dedicated group of community volunteers who work with staff to create programs and outreach activities to support our students and scholars in their efforts to succeed, and to enrich the experiences of internationals and their dependents while at UCSD. Among some of the most successful outreach and volunteer programs at the International Center are the Friday Cafés, the Friends Resale Shop (raising approximately $20,000 annually for international education scholarships), language tutoring, Wednesday Morning Coffee (for spouses), the energetic International Club, and many, many others.


Commuter Student Services

Commuter Student Services provides off-campus housing information and resources for commuter students. The university is located in the midst of a resort area that results in relatively high rent in the coastal towns of San Diego County: Del Mar and Solana Beach to the north of campus, La Jolla and Pacific Beach to the south. A general rule of thumb: The closer to the beach, the higher the rent. Commuter Student Services provides the UCSD Off-Campus Housing Directory, a free resource of rental and roommate listings posted by landlords and roommates exclusively for the UC San Diego community. The listings include individual houses, apartments, and condos, as well as roommates, rooms in private homes, and work-exchange situations. You must have a current UC ID card or official Letter of Acceptance to view online rental contacts. The office also provides helpful landlord/tenant materials such as sample leases, room rental agreements, and tenant request forms. Computers and a courtesy phone for local calling are available. Bus schedules, free-zone maps, and bus stickers are also available. Commuter Student Services supports commuters with quarterly off-campus housing workshops, special presentations, and a variety of community-building events. The Commuter Lounge is open twenty-four hours a day and includes vending machines, a kitchenette, board games, and magazines . The Commuter Student Services Web site allows for twenty-four-hour access to the resources offered, including the online rental listings and downloadable landlord/tenant forms. Services are available to registered students, staff, faculty, and alumni of the University of California only. Commuter Student Services is conveniently located on the first level of Price Center East near the campus transportation hub. For further information contact:

Commuter Student Services
9500 Gilman Drive # 0076
La Jolla, CA 92093-0309
(858) 534-3670
Fax: (858) 822-1440

On-Campus Housing

Housing, Dining, Hospitality Administrative Services
ERC Campus
The Loft above Cafe Ventanas
Mail Code 0055
(858) 534-4010

Undergraduate Residential Housing

Each college houses students in residence halls and/or apartments that are part of a unique housing system on campus. While facilities at each college are occupied primarily by students registered at that college, students from other colleges may also be residents.

Residence Halls and Apartments

Residence halls are arranged in suites of eight to eleven students who share a study/living room and restroom facilities. Apartments are self-contained units with kitchens, bathrooms, living areas, and combinations of two, three, or four bedrooms. Typically four to five students share an apartment. While incoming freshmen are generally assigned space in residence halls, high demand for on-campus housing has resulted in the assignment of apartment spaces for many incoming freshmen. Rooms are furnished and provide ample space for effective studying, sleeping, and storing of personal belongings, books, and clothes.

Each Residence Life Office makes specific room assignments in early September when the majority of spaces are filled. Housing, Dining, Hospitality (HDH) Administrative Services Office administers all other details related to housing contracts.

General Information for Incoming Freshmen

The Living on Campus Housing Application Instructions Information Brochure was mailed in mid-March to all who were admitted to UC San Diego. Only online applications were accepted and students were given instructions on how to apply for on-campus housing via TritonLink. To be eligible for on-campus housing, the Housing Application and the Statement of Intent to Register form must have been received by the specified deadline dates. The priority system for room assignment is explained in the Living on Campus Housing Brochure.

Housing application deadline for fall 2009–10 was May 1, 2009, for incoming freshmen.

The HDH Administrative Services Office recommends that freshmen who were not offered housing by the first of June, call (858) 534-4010 for further information.

General Information for Transfer Students
The Village at Torrey Pines—Transfer Student Facility

The Village at Torrey Pines Housing, which has advanced due to UC San Diego’s commitment to incoming transfer applicants, will house more than 1,000 students beginning in fall quarter of 2009. This newest community is located on the main campus’s northern neighborhood, within a short walking distance of the Pangea and Hopkins parking structures, and borders the Eleanor Roosevelt College neighborhood.

The community consists of a combination of seven three- to five-story buildings and one fourteen-story tower. The community includes 202 apartment-style units consisting of two, three, or four bedrooms. Each apartment has a living-dining-kitchen area, shared bathrooms, and storage, and each is furnished to provide ample space for effective studying, sleeping, and storing of personal belongings, books, and clothes. The community also includes residential and common spaces such as laundries, meeting spaces, and administrative offices. Retail space, including a café and a UC San Diego Bookstore annex, are placed on-site, as well as complementary outdoor spaces that have been developed to accommodate a variety of activities for residents.

The Village at Torrey Pines also has a sustainable focus with a project goal of achieving Green Building Council Silver rating equivalency. This will be accomplished through energy-efficient building methods and materials, sustainable landscape design, and energy-efficient lighting.

For more information please view the Housing Web site: or e-mail the

Due to high demand, wait-listed students may not be offered on-campus housing. For the best selection of housing closest to campus, contact the UC San Diego Commuter Student Services Office. Web site:; e-mail:

Associated Residential Community Housing (ARCH) (OFF-CAMPUS)

The UC San Diego ARCH Team operates several housing complexes in an effort to provide the highest level of flexibility when selecting your residence.

Mesa Residential Apartments (located minutes off campus) are designed to house single graduate or medical students, couples with or without children, and single parents. Residents must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program or Education Studies. The Mesa Residential Apartments offer unfurnished one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. Each unit features carpeting, blinds/drapes, range/oven, and refrigerator. In addition, apartments are pre-wired for cable television and feature private patios or balconies.

Gas and water are included in rent. Residents are required to pay for electricity. The community is a parklike setting, and amenities include community rooms, coin-operated laundry rooms, co-op garden plots, storage space for each apartment, ample parking, playgrounds for children, and an outdoor sports area, providing courts for tennis, basketball, and volleyball.

One Miramar Street is UC San Diego’s newest graduate student housing community, which opened in 2007. It is designed to house unmarried graduate and medical students without children, and undergraduate couples. Residents must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program, or participating in Education Studies. One Miramar Street comprises 403 two-bedroom apartments with two single rooms and a shared living/dining/kitchen area. This new development is close to campus, includes an on-site programming space, central mailroom, and laundry facilities. Most of the two-bedroom units include patios, balconies, and impressive views of La Jolla.

Coast Apartments community consists of 106 apartments within eleven buildings on eleven and a half acres. Coast Apartments is a two-story walk-up garden community consisting of wood frame construction and composite roofs laced with pebbles.

Apartment interior features include: front patio, private balcony, carpet, blinds, range, refrigerator, cable television, and Ethernet connections.

The community offers free parking, bicycle racks, a laundry facility, picnic tables, a community room, and beautifully sculptured landscaping where the relaxed atmosphere of coastal living can be enjoyed.

Coast Apartments complex is designed to house graduate and medical students without children, and undergraduate couples. Residents must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program or Education Studies. Roommates must also meet these eligibility requirements.

Single Graduate Housing (On Campus)

Single Graduate Apartments (located on the Warren Campus) are designed to house single graduate and medical students without children. Residents must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting graduate or medical course of study, or participating in Education Studies. Single Graduate Apartments all have four single bedrooms and a shared living room, dining room, kitchen, and bath area. Units are fully furnished with the exception of personal linen and cooking utensils. All utilities are included in the rental rate. All units have cable TV included at no extra charge and optional connections to the campus computer system for a fee. All spaces are available on a twelve-month lease. This is a nonsmoking facility.

NOTE: All policies and procedures concerning the operation of Associated Residential Community Housing, the eligibility for housing, and the application process are subject to change without notice.

For more detailed information on any of the above housing facilities and/or to apply, please visit our Web site:

Residential Services Office
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0907
La Jolla, CA 92093-0907
(858) 822-3291


Mail Code 0529
(858) 534-4037

Campus Recreation provides UC San Diego students with quality recreation programs. They are designed to meet leisure-time needs and interests through on-campus programs offering clubs, intramural sports, recreation classes, outings, and a myriad of activities and special event programming. Our goal is to provide opportunities promoting a lifetime of health-conscious options.


  • RIMAC with arena, gymnasium, weight room, racquetball and squash courts, and equipment room.
  • Main and Recreation Gymnasia
  • Main Gym Weight Room
  • Indoor 25-Yard Natatorium Pool and Spa
  • Outdoor 50-Meter Canyonview Pools and Spa
  • Outback Indoor Climbing Center
  • UCSD Challenge Course
  • Tennis Courts
  • Playing Fields
  • Canyonview Weight Room
  • Golf Driving Range
  • Mission Bay Aquatics Center
  • Spanos Training Facility with weight training equipment, martial arts studio, and trainers’ facility
  • Running and Jogging Track
  • Par Courses
  • Sand Volleyball Courts
  • Outback Adventures equipment rentals
  • Outback Adventures Gear Shop, Price Center

Intramural Sports

The Intramural Sports Program at UCSD is a balanced blend of team and individual sports activities that are designed to meet the diverse needs of the campus community. Sports offered include flag football, floor hockey, tennis, basketball, softball, soccer, bowling, volleyball, tube waterpolo, badminton, and dodgeball.

Recreation Clubs

Recreation Clubs are special-interest activity clubs open to the entire campus community. The clubs are designed to bring together people with common interests. Students may join or begin new recreation clubs and participate in the workouts, meetings, social gatherings, and special events that are part of the RecClub structure.

Sport Clubs

Sport Clubs are those teams that compete on an intercollegiate basis but without many of the restrictions of the formal Intercollegiate Athletic Teams. The clubs offer students the opportunity to become involved in somewhat less traditional competitive sports, while still enjoying the travel to and competition against other institutions. Teams include badminton, dance sport, dance team, triathlon, equestrian, waterski, cycling, lacrosse, sailing, surfing, rugby, alpine ski/snowboard racing, ice hockey, roller hockey, soccer, table tennis, volleyball, water polo, and ultimate disc.

Recreation Classes

Recreation classes provide students and the university community an opportunity for noncredit, nongraded instruction in a range of physical and leisure activities. The program includes professional instruction in everything from games (billiards to poker); aquatics (swimming, surfing, scuba diving); dance (ballet, ballroom, hip hop to tango); fitness (indoor cycling, cardio and conditioning, Pilates, weight training); martial arts (aikido, karate to tai chi); mind, body, spirit (meditation to yoga); sports (archery, fencing, gymnastics to tennis) and more.

Outback Adventures

Outback Adventures (outdoor recreation program) is a passport to adventure and the great outdoors. The program offers fun, full-service trips (transportation, meals, instruction, equipment) in backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, surfing, and other outdoor pursuits. The Outback Adventures director will also arrange customized trips. In addition, the program offers instructional workshops, a resource library of maps and park information, and a camping and outdoor equipment rental service that includes downhill skiing and snowboard equipment, camping equipment, and game equipment. Outback also runs the indoor climbing center, with facilities for beginning to advanced climbers, rentals, and instruction as well as the UCSD Challenge Course, offering leadership and team-building workshops. The Outback Adventures Gear shop, at the Price Center, offers outdoor gear (from backpacks to snowboards and surfboards) for rent and for sale.


UCSD Campus Recreation Aquatics encompasses a wide range of aquatic activities. Student users can participate in competitive and training programs in swimming and water polo. Masters Programs in swimming, running, and triathlon provide an intensive competitive and training experience. Special events scheduled throughout the year range from student social activities to international team competitions. Additionally, an extensive recreational lap swim program is maintained to accommodate daily users from the campus and community.

Informal Recreation

Informal recreation provides individuals and groups of students the opportunity to make use of any and all of the physical activity facilities at UCSD. From jogging on the par course to shooting hoops in the gym, or playing racquetball in RIMAC, “open rec” time allows students to develop their own leisure activities.

Mission Bay Aquatic Center

Located on Santa Clara Point in Mission Bay, this facility and its programs provide students with an exclusive opportunity to participate in all aspects of aquatic recreation. From highly structured classes to equipment rentals, MBAC is a “first class” operation. (858) 488-1036.

Personal Wellness

Our weight room and Personal Wellness programs offer free student small-group personal-wellness programs and personalized comprehensive fitness programs to sixty students each quarter. Other small-group programs, including Personal Athlete and Weight Loss Solutions, are also offered, as well as nutrition counseling, personal fitness assessments, personal training, and massage therapy.

Intercollegiate Athletics at UCSD

The UC San Diego Athletic Department sponsors a broad base of men’s and women’s intercollegiate sports, which promote the pursuit of excellence, strength of character, teamwork, ethical conduct, and diversity, as well as other lessons competitive sport teaches. UCSD has competed at the NCAA Division II level since 2000, and most teams now compete in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, widely considered to be the top Division II athletic conference in the country. With twenty-three highly competitive teams to choose from, students with varying interests in participating in intercollegiate athletics have the opportunity to submerge themselves in A Proud Tradition of Triton Academic and Athletic Excellence!

UCSD’s teams have captured twenty-nine National Championships, while thirty-seven others have finished National Runners-up. Forty-one others have achieved national third place honors. Women’s Soccer and Women’s Volleyball lead the way with seven National Championships apiece, followed by Women’s Water Polo with five, Women’s Tennis with four, Men’s Soccer with three, and Men’s Golf with one. In addition to succeeding on a national level, UCSD teams have captured thirty-six conference championships and fourteen regional championships since moving to the NCAA Divison II level, adding to the thirty-two conference championships and fifty-one regional championships obtained as a Division III competitor. Individually, 120 Triton student-athletes have won National Championships, while a remarkable 929 student-athletes have been named to All-America teams.

UCSD student-athletes have excelled academically as well, earning twenty-three prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships and 130 Academic All-America selections. Consistently, over 55 percent of the student-athletes earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, placing them on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.

In the past eleven years, Triton Athletics has placed in the top ten in the NACDA Director’s Cup—emblematic of the best overall athletic program in the country—posting a second place finish during the 2006–07 season and a first place finish in 1997–98 as a D-III member. UCSD has captured the California Collegiate Athletic Association Commissioner’s Cup title, an award symbolizing the best overall athletic program in the CCAA, every year since its inaugural season in 2005–06.

UC San Diego currently offers basketball, crew, cross-country, fencing, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and water polo for both men and women, as well as men’s baseball, men’s golf, and women’s softball. In addition to becoming a student-athlete, UCSD students have the opportunity to get involved through a variety of athletic support groups, game management, internships, and volunteer work. Triton Spirit Groups include the UCSD Cheerleading Team, King Triton, the UCSD Dance Team, Triton Tide, as well as the UCSD Pep Band. Each of these student organizations has grown steadily in recent years and helps create the spirited environment at Triton athletic events. Students interested in a firsthand experience in the operations of an athletics program should check into opportunities to work in game management, which provide staffing for all home athletic events, or inquire about internships within the Athletics Department.

In addition to the student groups, Triton Athletic Associates, a booster group of parents, alumni, and friends, supports the UC San Diego Athletic Department in its endeavor to provide an optimal student-athlete experience by providing contributions as an investment in The Proud Tradition of Athletic and Academic Excellence developed over nearly three decades.

Student Health Service

Mail Code 0039
(858) 534-3300

Student Health Service (SHS) is accredited by the American Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC). Our purpose is to promote and preserve the health and well-being of all registered students so that they may pursue their academic goals. Our staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, medical assistants, health educators, and other medical professionals is committed to helping students maintain healthy lifestyles. SHS is conveniently located along Library Walk west of the Price Center and south of Geisel Library. For more information about our services, access our Web page at

General medical appointments are provided for a minimal fee to all registration-paying students during the academic quarters. There is a $15 access fee for urgent care and first aid for students enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) and a $25 access fee for those not enrolled in SHIP. Summer access to SHS is at no additional charge for students enrolled in SHIP. Continuing students not enrolled in SHIP are charged a summer health fee to access Student Health Service.

Reduced fees are charged for pharmaceuticals, contraceptives, travel immunizations, and laboratory tests sent to our reference lab. If you are enrolled in SHIP, many fees are covered. There is a $15 co-payment for lab and a $25 co-payment each for X-ray, specialty appointments, and nutrition counseling for students without SHIP. A vision clinic is available at modest fees and offers eye glasses, designer frames, lenses, sunglasses, contacts, and eye exams. Students enrolled in SHIP are eligible for additional discounts.

Although undergraduate, graduate, medical, and international students may have unlimited visits with SHS, students requiring medical or surgical care from practitioners, hospitals, or clinics other than SHS should be prepared to assume the cost of such care. SHIP provides benefits for ambulance, emergency room, hospitalization, most outpatient services, surgery, and major medical expenses with a written SHS referral (applies when the student is within a 100-mile radius of UCSD; outside the 100-mile radius a referral is not needed for services). SHIP also includes benefits for a dental plan, pharmaceuticals, and discounts at the SHS Vision Clinic. The cost for SHIP is factored into grants, loans, and work-study programs offered to students who receive financial assistance. The fee for SHIP is paid by the university for graduate and professional students holding academic appointments of 25 percent time or more.

Students covered by private health insurance that meets university waiver criteria can opt out of SHIP by completing the waiver application online through TritonLink prior to posted deadlines. Waivers are processed each academic year. For additional changes, requests, and information, contact the Student Health Insurance office. All registration-paying students are automatically enrolled in SHIP unless approved for a health-fee waiver. The campus-based insurance plans do not replace the primary medical care and referral services provided by the Student Health Service.

Brochures describing the Student Health Insurance Plan, limitations, exclusions, and open enrollment periods are available at Student Health Service and through the SHS Web page at The insurance coordinators are available to assist students with any questions at (858) 534-2124.

Student Legal Services

Student Services Center (SSC), Room 527
Mail Code 0034
(858) 534-4374

Student Legal Services (SLS) provides free, confidential counseling, education, and referrals on all types of legal matters to registered undergraduate, graduate, and professional UC San Diego students and student organizations, both individually and in group settings. SLS offers weekly preventive legal education clinics on landlord-tenant issues and other legal topics throughout the year, as well as specially tailored workshops by request for residential halls and student groups. SLS operates the “Discover the Law” program, consisting of a series of legal education workshops in which participants may earn a certificate of accomplishment. SLS also sponsors the “Tax Outreach Program,” in which student volunteers are trained to promote access to resources and assistance to taxpayers for filing state and federal tax returns. Additionally, SLS advises the on-campus pre-law chapter of Phi Alpha Delta International legal fraternity and offers student intern and mentoring opportunities.

Student Policies and Judicial Affairs

Student Services Center (SSC), Room 510
Mail Code 0048
(858) 534-6225

Student Policies and Judicial Affairs (SP&JA) consists of the administration of student judicial affairs, which includes campuswide coordination of student conduct, including graduate students, monitoring of compliance requirements, with applicable federal and state laws, and university policies and campus regulations, such as Right to Privacy as it affects students. In addition, the director also serves as the liaison to campus counsel and UC general counsel for Student Affairs and other student-related legal matters and policy questions, and provides advice and recommendations for their disposition. Other programs encompassed by SP&JA include the Office of Student Legal Services (SLS), Office of Student Conduct (OSC), and the Community Law Project (CLP).

Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention Resource Center

Fifth Floor, Student Services Center
(858) 534-5793

The Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention Resource Center (SARC), established in 1988, is the primary resource for educational programs on rape, sexual assault, and interpersonal violence prevention for UCSD students. SARC co-sponsors the R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) self-defense workshops with the Police Department and the Women’s Center. In addition, SARC offers: (1) crisis intervention for student victims of rape, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking, (2) accompaniment through the police, hospital, and judicial process, and (3) confidential counseling for student victims, family, and friends. If a sex offense occurs, staff explains the victim’s options to report to law enforcement and/or student judicial affairs and to utilize other resources, i.e., medical assistance, campus and community counseling, and student services.

University Centers

The facilities, services, and programs of University Centers (Price Center and Student Center) at UC San Diego complement the teaching and research functions of the university. University Centers brings the campus community together through its many services and programs, enhancing the college experience outside the classroom or lab.

Price Center

Mail Code 0076
Administration office: (858) 822-4987

The recent expansion and renovation of Price Center has transformed the heart of campus and brings students, faculty, staff, and the entire university community together. One of two student unions on campus, Price Center is home to a variety of restaurants and services geared to the needs of students. The vibrant Plaza Food Court brings you quick-service standards including Subway, Rubio’s Baja Grill, Tacone Wraps, Panda Express, and Jamba Juice. You can also enjoy fresh tossed pizza and a pitcher of your favorite microbrew at Round Table Pizza, or pull up a seat at Shogun of La Jolla’s sushi bar. The Atrium Food Court boasts a variety of dining options including Bombay Coast Indian Tandoor & Curry Express, Burger King, Santorini Greek Island Grill, and Tapioca Express. Whether you’re looking for a place to meet friends, study, or relax, the options are almost limitless, especially with the addition of late-night dining and activities, and a twenty-four-hour zone. Comfortable lounges, study rooms, indoor and outdoor spaces, and inviting coffee shops invite you to relax and linger. When you need a break from studying, check out an up-and-coming performer at The Loft, a performance crossroads and social lounge, catch the latest blockbuster movie at the Dolby Digital sound-equipped movie theater, or play a few rounds of pool or videogames in the Gameroom. Fifteen state-of-the-art conference and meeting rooms are available for use by the campus community. Professional catering and high-tech audio and visual services can also be arranged. Two ballrooms and a dance studio allow for major exhibits, conferences, meetings, concerts, and dances throughout the year. Services and retail venues located in Price Center include ATMs, UCSD Bookstore, Imprints (a copy and technology center), UCSD Postal Center, a Ticketmaster outlet, flower stand, and a grocery market. Price Center is home to many student organizations and the One Stop, which makes it easy for student organizations to plan and implement events. With their offices in Price Center, Associated Students, Center for Student Involvement, Cross-Cultural Center, and UCSD Alumni Association bring a sense of community to the Price Center and provide the campus with a place to belong. In addition, Express to Success, Commuter Student Services, and University Events Office are all conveniently located at Price Center.

Student Center

Student Center
Mail Code 0323
Administration office: (858) 534-8929

Nestled in a eucalyptus grove, the wood exterior of Student Center stands in contrast to the modern Jerusalem stone façade of Price Center. The casual atmosphere and unique blend of services make Student Center a special place. The main building is home to UCSD’s student cooperatives: The General Store, Groundwork Books, and the Food Co-op. UCSD’s The Guardian newspaper, KSDT radio station, and SRTV are located here along with several student organizations and alternative campus media. Student Center is a popular study spot with an inviting lounge and fireplace, comfortable outdoor study areas, TreeHouse Computer Lounge, and academic services such as A.S. Soft Reserves and A.S. Lecture Notes. The Women’s Center and LGBT Resource Center provide events, services, and special programs. There are also conference/meeting rooms, three ATMs, and the UCSD BikeShop, which sells, repairs, and maintains bikes and bike accessories. Next to the main building is The Stage at the Pub where dances, concerts, and many other events occur. The Stage is connected to Porter’s Pub, which serves lunch, dinner, and microbrew beer. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members learn the art of neon, pottery, glass blowing, and other crafts in classes offered at the Crafts Center. Nearby, specialty coffees, light cuisine, and an occasional musical performance are served up in the patio setting of the Grove Cafe, one of the most serene places on campus. Just south of the Student Center on the Revelle campus is the Ché Café. The Ché is a student-run cooperative serving a vegan menu at very affordable prices and is home to a variety of all-ages concerts, lectures, and performances.

Student Information Center (EDNA)

Price Center
Mail Code 0076
Administration Office: (858) 534-3362 (EDNA)

Located in Price Center East Atrium, adjacent to the north entrance, EDNA Information Services assists the campus community by providing information and a variety of other services benefiting the students, faculty, and the general public.

Center for Student Involvement

Price Center East, Level 3
Mail Code 0078
(858) 534-0501

The Center for Student Involvement strongly supports the notion that the university must provide learning experiences for students both within and outside the classroom. Volunteering in the community and participating in leadership workshops, seminars, conferences, and in any of more than 400 student organizations are integral parts of the university experience. With so many organizations and activities to choose from, there is bound to be something that sparks individual interest. If not, students can start their own organization! Registration for student organizations begins in the fall and continues throughout the academic year, and the advisors can assist with selecting an organization or with starting one.

In addition, leadership seminars are organized to help strengthen the leadership potential of students. Listed below are some of the training programs scheduled each year:

  • Improving interpersonal skills
  • Public relations
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Fund raising
  • Team building
  • Running effective meetings
  • Time management
  • Careers in student affairs
  • Budget management
  • Motivation
  • Stress management
  • Ethics
  • Publicity/advertising
  • Recruiting volunteers
  • Diversity

We invite students to stop by the Center for Student Involvement on Level 3 of Price Center East to learn more about student organizations, Greek life, community service, and leadership opportunities!

Student Governments

Associated Students
Fourth Floor, Price Center
Mail Code 0077
AS: (858) 822-3553
Hours: 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday

Graduate Student Association
Student Center A
First Floor, Room 132
Mail Code 0353
GSA: (858) 534-6504
Hours: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday

The Associated Students (AS) and the Graduate Student Association (GSA) provide students with practical leadership experience in the areas of programming, financial planning, lobbying, and in the development of programs and services that are designed to meet the students’ needs. The Associated Students (AS) operates AS Lecture Notes, AS Soft Reserves, AS Challenge Course, AS Volunteer Connection, AS Undergraduate Scholastic Grants, AS Safe Ride, AS Academic Success Program, AS SRTV, KSDT Radio, Grove Caffe, and the Holiday Airport Shuttle. The AS has an official liaison with the AS Student Initiated Outreach and Recruitment Commission (SIORC), AS Alliance, AS Women’s Commission, AS Triton Tide, All-Campus Commuter Board, and the AS All-Campus Transfer Student Association. The AS also sponsors a wide variety of programming events including speakers, concerts, and festivals.

The GSA takes a proactive stance on graduate concerns in the areas of housing, TA/RA work-related issues, mandatory health insurance, student fees, and legislative issues. The Student Government staff works with the AS and the GSA in providing logistical, accounting, and programmatic advice.

The AS and GSA both have opportunities for student involvement. They appoint students to various campuswide committees, some of which include topics in transportation, admissions, TA development, and student judicial/hearing boards. For a complete listing, see the respective Web sites. Additionally, both AS and GSA provide funding opportunities for student groups.

The student leaders and staff of the AS, the GSA, and the Student Government Services office encourage you to get involved and take part in the many leadership opportunities available at UCSD.

University Events Office

Mail Code 0077
(858) 534-4090

The University Events Office (UEO) is a multifaceted professional arts and events organization of UC San Diego with an outstanding reputation for bringing national and internationally recognized artists to the campus and local community. Our performances and events offer exceptional opportunities for discovery and participation in a variety of artistic disciplines that reflect our culture and challenge our understanding of the world. The University Events Office programs and services include:

  • ArtPower! at UC San Diego featuring music, dance, film, and spoken word
  • The Loft performance lounge
  • University-wide cultural celebrations
  • UCSD Box Office
  • Concert and event planning
  • A.S. programming advising/event management
  • Campus performance agreement management
  • Campus music licensing

As a central campus resource for events, UEO serves as the advisor to the Associated Students (AS) Programming Office. UEO also advises campus event planners on budgeting, marketing, negotiation, and contracting, and provides production planning and technical assistance for major campus events.

The University Events Office is a department of Student Affairs.

ArtPower! at UC San Diego

Mail Code 0077
(858) 534-TIXS

ArtPower! at UC San Diego builds creative experiences in music, dance, film, exhibition, and food for our collective pleasure and inspiration. We engage diverse audiences through vibrant, challenging, multidisciplinary performances by emerging and renowned international artists. Through extensive partnerships, ArtPower! provides exciting opportunities for research, participation, and creation of new work, igniting powerful dialogue between artists, students, scholars, and the community. ArtPower!’s programs include

Performing Arts

The university’s critically acclaimed performing arts season features artists of national and international renown in music, dance, and spoken word. Performances by Batsheva Dance Company, Pacifica Quartet, Emerson String Quartet, and Laurie Anderson have provided art power to UCSD.


The ArtPower! film is an eclectic mix of film experiences that challenges and inspires audiences to explore film-going in a whole new way by focusing on interaction with innovative filmmakers, preshow music, film and food pairings, outdoor screenings, and much more.

ArtPower! is a program of the University Events Office.

The Loft at UC San Diego

Mail Code 0077
(858) 534-TIXS

The Loft at UC San Diego is a performance lounge and social crossroads where emerging art and pop culture collide. The Loft is an experiment and platform for innovative, left-brained UCSD students and artists. We fuse tastes, visuals, sound, and performance in an ever-changing experience. The Loft favors self-will, contrast, and alternative culture, intends to create good food, art, and nightlife for our collective pleasure and inspiration.

The Loft is a program of the University Events Office.

UCSD Box Office

Mail Code 0078
(858) 534-TIXS

The UCSD Box Office provides the UCSD and San Diego communities with full-service ticketing to arts and entertainment events on and off campus. Tickets to ArtPower! performances, rock/pop concerts, amusement park tickets, and a host of other activities are available for purchase at the Box Office in person, by phone, or online.

The UCSD Box Office is a program of the University Events Office.

Veterans Affairs

Located in the Financial Aid Office
Student Services Center, Third Floor North
Mail Code 0013
(858) 534-4480
Fax: (858) 534-5459


The following persons may be eligible for veterans’ educational benefits:

Chapter 30

Persons who entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985, and served continuously for three years.

Chapter 31

Persons who have a service-connected disability.

Chapter 33

Persons who served at least ninety days on active duty after September 10, 2001, and are still on active duty or were honorably discharged.

Chapter 35

Sons, daughters, spouses, and surviving spouses of veterans who died or are permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability, or who are persons missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.

Chapter 1606

Persons who have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985.

Chapter 1607 or Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

A new education benefit available to certain reservists who were activated for at least ninety days on or after September 11, 2001.

College Fee Waiver

California Veterans’ Dependents College Fee Waiver Program: A student who is the child of a deceased veteran or veteran with a service-connected disability may receive a waiver of the state-mandated registration and educational fees. Eligibility is determined by individual county Veterans’ Services Offices.

VA Contact Information

Chaper Benefits: Forms and application information are available on our Web site. For more eligibility information, to obtain an application online, or to locate your county’s Veterans Services Office, go to

College Fee Waiver: For eligibility information, obtain an application online, or to locate your county’s Veterans Services Office, go to

Other Services and Programs

UCSD Alumni Association

Price Center East, Third Floor
Mail Code 0083
(858) 534-3900

Established in 1964 by a group of dedicated graduates, the UCSD Alumni Association has grown to represent more than 127,000 alumni worldwide. The Alumni Association’s mission is to foster a lifelong, mutually beneficial relationship of alumni and students with the university. To that end, the Alumni Association works to provide alumni with continued access to the resources of the university, to communicate UC San Diego news and happenings, and facilitate a dynamic network for alumni and student interaction through a rich variety of educational, career, and social programs and events.

Highlighting the Alumni Association’s annual programming calendar are three signature events: Homecoming in October, Young Alumni Reunion in February, and Alumni Weekend in June. Additionally, the Alumni Association hosts such ongoing programs as UCSD Near You, which brings the university’s outstanding faculty and alumni together with fellow graduates, parents, and friends across the country; regional alumni chapter events; Career Networking Nights; and a host of other opportunities to help tap into the Triton alumni network.

The Alumni Association awards undergraduate scholarships, assists the university with legislative advocacy, and recognizes outstanding alumni, faculty, and students at the annual Alumni Awards for Excellence ceremony. The Alumni Association also publishes its award-winning magazine,
@UCSD, three times a year and the CampusLoop e-newsletter monthly. It also hosts an active online community through numerous social and professional networking communities.

The Alumni Association provides current students access to the alumni network as a resource for career, social, and community connections through such programs as Student Achievement Guided by Alumni (SAGA), a leadership development and mentoring program; the UCSD Student Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting student philanthropy; and the Order of the Tritons, a group of volunteer student ambassadors for campus and alumni events. In addition, the Alumni Association provides financial support for student organizations and activities.

UCSD students and graduates who are members of the Alumni Association receive access to numerous benefits and campus discounts, networking and volunteer opportunities, educational travel programs, a subscription to all alumni publications, and special member rates for campus, UC San Diego Extension, and community activities.

A majority of the staff is represented by UCSD alumni who take great pride in serving as the guardians of tradition and providing fellow alumni with opportunities for continued engagement with the university through leadership, advocacy, service, and philanthropy.

Art Galleries

University Art Gallery

Mandeville Center, Room 101
Mail Code 0327
(858) 534-2107

The University Art Gallery presents exhibitions that integrate contemporary art into the life of the university; exhibits and interprets art as an educational resource for the academic community; and serves as a laboratory for linking visual art with the issues of postmodern society, as an innovator in originating and shaping the contemporary arts agenda, and as a platform for the advancement and outreach of the university in visual arts creativity.

Gallery hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The gallery is closed Mondays and university holidays. There is no admission charge.

Mandeville Annex Gallery

Mandeville Center, Room B-118
Mail Code 0327

The Mandeville Annex Gallery is for Visual Arts undergraduate art exhibitions. A new exhibition is mounted each week of the quarter except during summer. Included in the exhibition schedule are individual, group, and class shows. Gallery hours are from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. There is no admission charge.

Visual Arts Graduate Gallery

Visual Arts Facility, Room 309
Mail Code 0084

The six-building complex houses the Visual Arts Graduate Gallery. First-year review shows and M.F.A. exhibitions are mounted each week of the quarter except during summer. Gallery hours are from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. There is no admission charge.

Child Development Center

Mail Code 0962
(858) 552-2500

The UCSD Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) serves the children of students, staff, faculty, and the community at large. Age requirements are three months old through kindergarten. State subsidy is available for income-eligible staff and full-time students on a limited basis. Only full-time enrollment is offered, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack are included in the cost. For further information or to visit, call ECEC’s Main office at (858) 246-0900 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

UC San Diego offers part-time child care to UCSD affiliates at the Mesa Child Care Center. The center offers two half-day sessions on weekdays: morning (8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon) or afternoon (1:00 to 5:00 p.m.) Age requirements are two-and-a-half to five years old. For further information or to visit, call ECEC’s Main office at (858) 246-0900 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

As an alternative, the Infant Toddler Referral Program aids campus families in locating licensed home-care providers for children from six weeks through preschool ages. For assistance, call (858) 246-0900 during office hours or leave a recorded message for a return call.

Crafts Center

Mail Code 0338
(858) 534-2021

Located in the center of the campus, the Crafts Center offers studio and art/crafts instructional facilities in ceramics, photography, jewelry, drawing, neon, glassblowing, and other crafts. The center provides personal enrichment and creative educational opportunities to individuals wishing to develop artistic skills in an active studio-classroom situation.

The Grove Gallery is a part of the center, and offers ongoing exhibits of contemporary crafts and ethnic arts. The Grove Gallery Store sells an international selection of handmade crafts and other decorative accessories.

Registration for Crafts Center activities takes place the first week of every quarter at the center. Specific classes, schedules, and course fees information can be obtained by calling (858) 534-2021 or

UCSD Cross-Cultural Center

Mail Code 0053
Second Floor, Price Center East
(858) 534-9689,
Fax: (858) 822-0173

Established in May of 1995, the UCSD Cross-cultural Center (CCC) functions as a campus community center committed to creating space for dialogue while also maintaining an environment conducive to the recruitment and retention of students, staff, and faculty from underrepresented backgrounds.

The CCC offers programs and services specifically designed to reflect UCSD’s commitment to excellence, scholarship, and community through cross-cultural interactions. The center’s focus areas include: faculty, staff, and student exchanges, educational materials and resources, student outreach and retention activities, speakers, film series, community outreach, support and discussion groups, and leadership development.


UC San Diego Print and Document Services

Four locations on campus provide self-serve copies, full-color copies, fax service, posters, supplies, lamination, large-format banners and signs, plus a large variety of other printing and binding services. In addition to standard services, computer workstations are available on a rental basis with both black-and-white and color laser printer options. Self-serve photo printing and passport photo service are available at select Imprints locations. Extended hours are available throughout the year at Price Center Imprints.

Campus Locations:
  • Campus Services Complex, Building A,
    (858) 534-3020
  • Geisel Library, Main Floor
    (858) 534-2534
  • Price Center, Upper Level
    (858) 822-4422
    (open evenings and weekends)
  • Student Services Center, Ground Level
    (858) 534-7050

Triton Cash, Library photocopy card, cash, and check payment accepted. Visa and MasterCard accepted at Price Center, Student Services Center, and Geisel Library locations.

Transportation Services

Located in the Gilman Parking Structure
Mail Code 0040
(858) 534-4223

Transportation Services sponsors a variety of programs and services to help students living at UC San Diego without cars. An extensive free shuttle network covers the campus and serves several off-campus locations. For students traveling during breaks, Transportation Services offers free holiday shuttle service to the airport. For information, route maps, or schedules, visit or call (858) 534-RIDE.

Transportation Services offers several money-saving alternative transportation programs for commuting students. Carpool, vanpool, rail, bicycle, and free transit programs feature additional incentives, including limited free emergency rides home and complimentary parking. For program details, call Commute Solutions at (858) 534-RIDE.

If you choose to bring a car to campus, be aware that a parking permit is required on UCSD property on weekdays, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., unless otherwise posted. Parking permits can be purchased online by accessing TritonLink or at the Parking Office, (858) 534-4223.

Student spaces are designated by yellow squares; student “S” parking permits are valid in these yellow spaces at all times. After 4:30 p.m. weekdays, all UCSD permits are upgraded and become valid in spaces marked with green “B” or red “A” squares, and no fee is required at metered spaces. Permits are not required on campus Saturday and Sunday, unless otherwise posted. Student permits are never valid in spaces marked “A” Permit Required, 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week, or in any other 7/24 parking space.

Transportation Services offers a free Motorist Assistance Program, which provides battery jumps, lockout assistance, flat tire inflation, or gas for drivers stranded on campus. For assistance, call (858) 534-8108.

If you have questions about Transportation Services, purchasing a permit, or parking at UCSD, please call (858) 534-4223, visit, or stop by the Parking Office, located
in the Gilman Parking Structure (entrance on Russell Lane).

Student Mail Services

Campus Services Complex, Bldg. A
Mail Code 0047
(858) 534-7098

The Student Mail Services provides Monday through Friday distribution of mail to resident students during the academic year. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Stamps and various other U.S. Postal commodities can be purchased.

The UCSD Bookstore
Located in the Price Center Complex
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0008
Monday–Friday 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday noon–5:00 p.m.

For holidays, summer hours, and extended hours at the beginning of each quarter, please see:

Phone Numbers (all numbers area code 858)
General Information534-READ (7323)
Birch Aquarium Bookshop534-8753
Clothing & Gifts534-8530
Computer Store & Repair534-4291
Course Materials534-4557
Custom Course Materials534-7963
Electronics Department534-3786
Medical Instruments534-7057
Online Orders/Refunds/Recharge534-7326
Perks Coffee Shop822-7760
Sunshine Market534-2875
Supplies Department534-3786
Toll Free(800) 520-READ (7323)
Trade, Professional, Medical Book Information534-3149
Fax Numbers
Book Departments534-5286
Computer Store534-1430
Customer Service534-0003
General Number534-0565
Supplies & Clothing534-0410

Web site:

Course Materials/Textbooks

Required and recommended course materials for undergraduate, graduate, and extension classes are stocked at the UCSD Bookstore in the textbook department, along with additional supplementary study aids. During a limited period prior to the beginning of each quarter our TxtXpress portal is activated to allow students to order their textbooks online. Located on our web site, this feature is for in-store pickup only. Extension books can also be ordered online at Extension course materials ordered via the Web may be shipped, held for pick-up inside the Bookstore, or delivered for pick-up at the Mission Valley, North County, and Sorrento Mesa Extension centers.

Online Look-Up

Undergraduate, graduate, and Extension course materials lists, along with prices and availability, may be viewed online the same day they are entered into the Bookstore’s database once the feature is activated for each term. For graduate and undergraduate classes, within the Schedule of Classes on UCSD’s TritonLink, click on the red book icon for the desired section. For Extension course materials lists, use the look-up/purchase feature at


Each quarter, the UCSD Bookstore sends a memo to faculty requesting course materials information (“adoptions”) for the upcoming quarter. Faculty can submit adoptions directly to the Course Materials Department at the UCSD Bookstore, through the various academic departments, or via the Bookstore’s Web site at Faculty should submit their adoptions before the quarterly deadline to ensure that the course materials can be stocked before classes begin. Information about and links to other campus instructional support services (library eReserves, course Web pages, AS Soft Reserves, Imprints, etc.), are at

Textbook Reservation Service (TRS)

At the beginning of every fall quarter, the UCSD Bookstore offers a convenient and free textbook reservation service (TRS). Beginning mid-June, students can submit reservations via the Bookstore’s Web site at

Custom Course Materials

As part of the UCSD Bookstore’s mission to serve the UCSD community as an essential academic resource, the course materials department provides custom-printed course materials, including course readers, out-of-print and out-of-stock books, journal and newspaper articles, syllabi, anthologies, lab manuals, and original works. To ensure compliance with legal requirements involving reproduced printed materials, the Bookstore secures all necessary copyright permissions. Faculty should submit adoptions for custom-printed materials along with their other adoption requests.

Digital Course Content

Acting in concert with other instructional support departments on campus, the Bookstore can assist faculty in locating digital materials and making them available to UCSD students.

Textbook Buy-Back

During the first week and finals week of each quarter, the UCSD Bookstore provides a buy-back service allowing students to sell their textbooks for cash. If a title is being used in the upcoming term, students may receive up to half the new price of the book.

Book Information

The book information department’s experienced staff of booksellers can help find just the right book from among the impressive selection of general, technical, scientific, and medical books stocked at the UCSD Bookstore. Booksellers can also research any title that is in print in the United States by accessing databases that contain information on hundreds of thousands of additional titles. They are happy to special order books that are not available in the store and receive them quickly too. Ask about rush order service. In addition to offering in-store service, booksellers take orders and answer inquiries via phone, fax, and e-mail and can assist with searching for books and placing orders on their Web site:, which shows availability of more than 140,000 titles contained in their database. To search for and order from more titles, the Bookstore offers two additional Web sites: BookSense, for trade and technical books and the UCSD medical Web store for medical books (

General, Scientific, and Technical Books

The general, scientific, and technical department contains books from hundreds of different publishers. To support the academic mission of the university, a wide array of academic disciplines in the arts and humanities, social sciences, languages, mathematics, science, and engineering are represented. Strong general interest sections in categories such as fiction, travel, reference, and children’s books complete the selection. Find excellent values in the bargain books section and on discounted bestsellers. All regularly priced general, scientific, and technical books are discounted 10 percent during “Happy Hours” from 4:00 p.m. close every Wednesday. Check availability of titles in the store online at The home page provides the opportunity to order any title that is still in print, and explore their partner stores, BookSense for trade and technical books, and the UCSD Medical Web store for discounted medical books.

Medical Books and Instruments

The UCSD Bookstore is proud of its partnership with the medical community at the university and in the San Diego area. It has long been recognized as the primary resource for an up-to-date, comprehensive selection of medical books and instruments. In the store, find medical textbooks for the UCSD School of Medicine and UCSD School of Pharmacy along with more than 5,500 reference titles in nearly one hundred medical categories. A large selection of medical instruments is available along with lab coats, clinical jackets, scrubs, and unique medical gift items. All regularly priced medical books and instruments are discounted 5 percent during “Happy Hours” from 4:00 p.m.–close every Wednesday. For a larger selection of medical titles, search the UCSD Medical Web store accessed from the home page ( This Web site features more than 90,000 titles and offers up to a 5 percent discount on medical and nursing books as well as medical supplies and instruments.

Faculty Authored Books

The UCSD Bookstore is pleased to display and sell recent publications authored by UCSD faculty. Inside the bookstore find books shelved in a special Faculty Author section and in the categorical section that applies. Look for a selection of recently published titles on display at the Faculty Club. Faculty members with a new book they would like the UCSD Bookstore to stock should contact the store using one of these methods: (858) 534-3149; (800) 520-7323;

Gifts and Clothing

Visit the gifts and clothing department and discover an exciting selection of UCSD insignia merchandise, as well as seasonal, trendy, and everyday clothing and gift merchandise. You can shop for bath and body products as well as home décor, jewelry, and sandals. While in the store or online, check out the alumni, parent, and graduation sections. In-store events for this department include the spring break sale, grad fair, and holiday sale, all of which bring a mini mall shopping experience to campus. Shop online:, or call to find out about the latest arrivals, custom insignia orders, and quantity discounts (800) 520-7323 (READ).

Supplies: School, Art, Office, and Residence Halls

The bookstore caters to UCSD’s office, school, art, and residence hall supply needs as well as professor required art, engineering, and lab supplies. Students living in the residence halls have a selection of linens, towels, shower caddies, picture hangers, trash cans, white/cork boards, extension cords, T.V. cables, batteries, and much more to get their rooms set up in style. Call (858) 534-3786 for a copy of the Super Catalog featuring over 30,000 office, art, school, and residence hall supplies. Special orders are easy to place and usually arrive within one to two days. For some of the most common supplies, shop online: Custom orders and quantity discounts are available.


Brand name calculators, CD players, and voice recorders such as Hewlett Packard, Texas Instruments, Sharp, Sony, and Panasonic are always in stock at the bookstore. This department is full of fun and useful gadgets and accessories.


The extremely knowledgeable staff of the UCSD Bookstore Computer Store is available to assist you with information regarding the latest in Apple, Dell, Sony, Lenovo, and Toshiba computers and accessories, as well as monitors, printers, projectors, digital cameras, peripherals, and supplies. Educational pricing is offered for full-time UCSD students, extension students (certificate courses), faculty, and staff. They provide Macintosh and Windows software licensing. Special orders are encouraged for products that are not in stock. Visit their extensive Web site or call (858) 534-4291.

Computer Repair

The UCSD Bookstore Computer Store works in conjunction with UCSD Academic Computing Services to provide authorized in-warranty repair for Apple, Dell, and Lenovo computers. The bookstore is a convenient drop-off point offering extended and weekend hours. They also repair most out-of-warranty computers. They do not repair out-of-warranty monitors. The average repair time is ten working days.

Special Orders

Books, gifts, clothing, office and art supplies, medical instruments, computer hardware and software can be special ordered at any time. Call us to request a personal shopper (858) 534-7323 (READ).

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Bookshop

2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, CA 92093-0207

Monday–Sunday 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
(858) 534-8753

(Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day)

The Aquarium Book and Gift Shop has been operated by the UCSD Bookstore since August 1994. Its goal is to support the education and community service missions of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. The bookshop has an exciting selection of educational books concerning the geological, biological, and physical sciences and how they interact with the sea. A dazzling variety of children’s books and educational toys are available to children of all ages who have interest in the ocean and its marine life. Other popular items are guides to scuba diving and snorkeling, tide pool guides, San Diego tourist guides, and maps. The bookshop’s selection of souvenirs and gifts is fun-loving with a wide-ranging selection of T-shirts, sweatshirts, postcards, calendars, DVDs, stuffed animals, jewelry, and lots more. Visit the Web store at

Sunshine Market

Monday–Friday 7:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Most Sundays 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Visit the Sunshine Market for all your favorite groceries including frozen, microwavable, and packaged meals, hot soups, hot dogs, snacks, soda, fresh sandwiches and salads, juice, coffee, tea, ice cream, sandwiches, donuts, candy, international foods and snacks, health and personal products, cleaning supplies, and household essentials. The Sunshine Market stocks fresh fruit and vegetables as well as a large selection of organic and fair-trade products. On-site digital film development is available as well. Join the Coffee Club (buy ten cups, get the eleventh cup free)! You may purchase scantrons, blue books, batteries, daily newspapers, and munchies when everything else is closed on campus. Established in April 1979 as an auxiliary operation of the UCSD Bookstore, the Sunshine Market is located in the Price Center east, atrium, level 1.

Perks Coffee Shop

Monday–Thursday 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday noon–5:00 p.m.

During your visits to Perks you’ll find a full espresso and drip menu serving Barefoot Roasters Artesian coffee which is 100% organic and fairly traded. They serve up all your other favorite beverages along with a delicious assortment of pastries, cookies, muffins, daily soup specials, organic sandwiches, salads, and wraps. Join the Coffee Club (buy ten cups, get the eleventh cup free)! Opened in July of 2007, Perks is located inside the UCSD Bookstore on the ground floor off of Lyman Lane and across from the administration complex. Perks offers comfortable outdoor seating under the trees and inside near their fireplace lounge. Books and a magazine/newsstand complete this cozy, home-away-from-home space where you may “Relax.Connect.Caffeinate.Repeat” with your friends, family, and colleagues.

Return/Refund Policy

The UCSD Bookstore strives for complete customer satisfaction. Should any product you select from the UCSD Bookstore fail to meet your expectations, they will respond to your concern and assist you in an exchange, refund, or credit whenever possible within the guidelines that apply to their specific merchandise categories.

  • All categories of refundable merchandise require an original receipt to obtain a refund.
  • Undergraduate, graduate, Extension, School of Medicine, and Skaggs School of Pharmarcy and Pharmaceutical Sciences course materials must meet the conditions and timeframes printed on the reverse side of the receipt.
  • General interest, technical, and medical books may be returned for refund, exchange, or credit within fourteen days if they are in resalable condition and are among the titles currently carried in the UCSD Bookstore.
  • NON-RETURNABLE ITEMS: Medical instruments, medical and other testing books (MDTEST and REFEXM), magazines, clearance books and merchandise, bargain books, greeting cards, food and drink, health and beauty products, plants, rain gear, parking permits, phone cards, and undergarments; course materials with broken software seals and/or exposed access codes, opened materials designated with an X before the title, School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences syllabi, and all mini-block materials..
  • Computer hardware and software refund policies are available in the Computer Store.
  • Clothing, gifts, school and office supplies may be returned for refund within 14 days of purchase. Items can be exchanged or returned for store credit if the items are in resalable condition with original packaging and/or tags.
  • For Supply Department electronics, original packaging and cash register receipt are required for refund or exchange. Calculators and voice recorders may be returned for full refund or store credit within fourteen days of purchase if they are unopened and in resalable condition. Refunds will not be given for opened calculators or voice recorders. Exceptions: Defective calculators or voice recorders may be exchanged for same or upgraded model within fourteen days of purchase. Defective merchandise is subject to inspection by bookstore staff.

UCSD Postal Center

Price Center East, Room 1502
Mail Code 0047
(858) 822-0669

The Price Center Postal Center is a retail operation operated by the university. Stamps and mailing supplies may be purchased and mailed at this location. Shipping services and private mail boxes for rent are also available. The hours of operation during the academic year are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

University Police Department

Campus Services Complex, Bldg. B
Mail Code 0017
EMERGENCY, DIAL 9-1-1 or (858) 534-4357
Business, (858) 534-4357

The UCSD Police Department protects life and property through the enforcement of local, state, and federal laws. The police department strives for a safe campus environment, where the educational and research pursuits of the university can be realized.

The Police Department provides continuous twenty-four-hour-a-day police patrol to protect the campus community, along with the dispatching of emergency fire and ambulance services.

In addition, student residential areas are provided with additional security with on-site residential security officers (RSOs) during the evening and early morning hours.

Clery Campus Crime Report

For information concerning campus crime statistics, crime reporting, policies and practices pertaining to campus security, and/or crime prevention tips, please visit the UCSD Police Department’s Web site—Crime/Victim Information located at

Crime Prevention Program

(858) 534-3644

The Police Department’s Crime Prevention Program offers a variety of information to the campus community on crime prevention methods. Pamphlets and informative seminars are available.

Community Service Officer Program

(858) 534-9255

CSOs are students employed by the UCSD Police Department. They provide a variety of services related to crime prevention and campus safety. One of the services is the safety ESCORT program, which is available every evening from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. They also provide security for campus events and facilities. For more information contact the program coordinator at (858) 822-1130.

Lost and Found

(858) 534-4361

The Police Department serves as a central repository for lost and found articles. Lost and found items should be taken to the police station. The station is open twenty-four hours daily.