Revelle College, established in 1964, was the first college established at UCSD. It was named in honor of UCSD's founder, Roger Revelle, a man the New York Times described as one of the world's most articulate spokesmen for science. A recipient of the President's Medal for Science, Revelle is best known for his seminal work on global warming.
Revelle College opened in 1964 during the post-Sputnik era of the "space race." Revelle emphasizes a solid background in the liberal arts and sciences as the foundation for a contemporary education.
The standards of the faculty are reflected in the Revelle College’s rigorous General Education Requirements. Students with interests in all academic disciplines are welcome at Revelle. Students should be prepared to take a year of calculus, a five-quarter Humanities sequence with an integrated intensive writing program, five quarters of science (biology, chemistry, and physics), American Cultures, Social Science Fine Arts, and the equivalent of a fourth-quarter foreign language proficiency.
Transfer students who have completed TAG or IGETC must satisfy the calculus (three quarters), science (five quarters), and language (completion of a fourth quarter or third semester college language course) requirements.
Typically, 65-70% of Revelle students graduate with a science or engineering major, 20-30%, with a social science major, and 10%, with an arts and humanities major. A high percentage of Revelle College students enroll in graduate or professional school, graduate with double majors, design individualized interdisciplinary majors, work on a research project, or graduate with University honors.
At Revelle College, the traditional classroom experience is only part of the educational process. Revelle’s student affairs and residence life staff encourage students to enhance their college experience by participating in student government, mentoring and leadership programs, clubs and organizations, and student events and activities. A few of the opportunities available to Revelle students include the Emerging Leaders Program (a year-long leadership development program), Dine-With-A-Prof Program, the Revelle Hall Association, the Revelle Transfer Student Network, Revelle College Council, and Revellations (our quarterly college newsletter). Our college is home to two of the oldest traditions on campus: Roger Revelle's Birthday and the Watermelon Drop. In addition, our ample residence hall rooms – the most of any college at UC San Diego – are a two minute walk to the professional theater district (including the La Jolla Playhouse Theater), 10 minutes to the Scripps Aquarium, 15 minutes to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and 20 minutes to the Pacific Ocean.