About UC San Diego

About UC San Diego

The University of California, San Diego is a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public institution that provides opportunity for all. Recognized as one of the top 15 research universities worldwide, a culture of collaboration sparks discoveries that advance society and drive economic impact.

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UC San Diego will transform California and a diverse global society by educating, by generating and disseminating knowledge and creative works, and by engaging in public service.


We will align our efforts to be a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university.

Read the 2014 Strategic Plan Executive Summary.

Campus Profile

UC San Diego’s rich academic portfolio includes six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions and five graduate and professional schools. The university’s award-winning scholars are experts at the forefront of their fields with an impressive track record for achieving scientific, medical and technological breakthroughs.

Read our Full Campus Profile.

Campus Timeline

The University of California, San Diego is one of the top-ranked public research universities in the nation. This timeline chronicles the development of UC San Diego from the site of a U.S. military training ground and a marine research station to the innovative, vibrant institution that it is today.

View the full Campus Timeline.

Principles of Community

The Principles of Community is a collaboratively developed statement, issued by the Chancellor, that provides a framework for diversity and affirms the unique contribution of each member of the UC San Diego community.

Read the Principles of Community.

Chancellor & Leadership Team

Pradeep K. Khosla, a distinguished academic leader and electrical and computer engineer, began his tenure as UC San Diego’s eighth chancellor on August 1, 2012. Chancellor Khosla previously served as dean of engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. There, he set the strategic direction for undergraduate and graduate education and research, and was elected University Professor, the highest distinction a faculty member could achieve. He also initiated undergraduate curriculum reform, successful diversity efforts, multidisciplinary research centers and graduate offerings, and international programs.

Learn more about UC San Diego's Leadership Team.