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Why Choose Revelle College

The first of UC San Diego's six colleges, Revelle College was named in honor of Roger Revelle, one of the founding fathers of the university. UC San Diego’s college system provides students with the advantages of a small liberal arts college and the resources of a large research university. Current students, alumni, faculty and founding faculty, and staff talk about what it means to be a Revellian during Revelle's 50th Anniversary (2014-15).

Scholastic Opportunities

At Revelle College, students can focus their studies on any of the more than 130 majors available at UC San Diego. Class size ranges from small one-unit seminars limited to 20 students to large lectures of up to 400 students. By their third year, many Revelle students undertake independent research. Students receive individualized attention in the areas of academic advising, campus and residential life, leadership opportunities, student government and organizations. The colleges provide students with a small-college experience, while offering access to UC San Diego’s research university resources that include prominent and distinguished faculty; world-class libraries; laboratories; and computer facilities.

The traditional classroom experience is only part of the educational process. We encourage students to enhance their college experience and gain valuable leadership skills by participating in student organizations, mentoring and leadership programs, and other activities. The variety of social, cultural, service, and educational activities offered by Student Affairs and Residence Life makes the Revelle community an engaged and exciting place to live and learn.

Academic Profile of Revelle Students

Students – 3,800 undergraduate and transfer students

Faculty – 181 Faculty dedicated to Revelle College

Academics – 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. Many achieve double majors or include a minor, design individualized interdisciplinary majors, work on a research project, or graduate with University honors.

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Vibrant Student Life

At Revelle College, the traditional classroom experience is only part of the educational process. We encourage students to enhance their college experience and gain valuable leadership skills by participating in student organizations, mentoring and leadership programs, and other activities.

In addition to the offerings at Revelle, UC San Diego has nearly 600 campus-wide student organizations. The state-of-the-art Recreation, Intramural, and Athletics Complex, known as RIMAC, offers a wide range of recreational opportunities for students to keep fit, have fun, and become involved in intercollegiate or intramural athletics.

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Dynamic Residence Life

First-year Revelle students are housed in a cluster of eight multi-story residence hall buildings. Suites of rooms are arranged to promote social interaction among residents. Campus dining options, study spaces, and a 24-hour computer lab are adjacent to the housing complex. Last year, Revelle Residence Life provided over 500 programs for residents including an annual ski trip, karaoke nights, cultural awareness events, and study breaks. A community-wide programming committee for the residence halls and apartments offers a range of opportunities for students living at Revelle to get involved.

The variety of social, cultural, service, and educational activities make the Revelle community an engaged and exciting place to live and learn. The smaller “Fleet” Halls and Blake Hall have been recently renovated. Argo Hall and the College dining commons, “64 Degrees,” are slated for renovation in summer 2014.

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