Revelle College was UC San Diego's first college, established in 1964 and named in honor of UC San Diego’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. He was committed to the development of a broad liberal arts undergraduate education that provided a solid foundation in the major disciplines of the sciences, humanities, arts, and social sciences.
Today, Revelle’s general education program features a well-rounded, structured, and rigorous curriculum that requires courses selected from diverse disciplines. It emphasizes four main skills: to write effectively, to use the languages of science and mathematics, to appreciate our culture, and to ask insightful questions. Revelle graduates have a national reputation for high academic achievements, many of whom have become leaders in diverse professional fields.
Revelle staff provides its 3700 students with individualized attention in the areas of academic advising, campus and residential life, leadership opportunities, student government and organizations, and a small-college environment where students can learn, grow, and succeed in personal and professional development. The colleges provide students with access to UC San Diego’s research university resources that include prominent and distinguished faculty; world-class libraries; laboratories; computer facilities; and undergraduate research opportunities.
Undoubtedly, the college system has been the “hidden” crown jewel of undergraduate education at UC San Diego, as it provides focused student attention and localized communities. As Provost of Revelle College, I am committed to this center of continually developing cross-disciplinary collaboration and undergraduate exploration. I have been a member of the Revelle faculty for three decades and value my experiences at Revelle, which provide me with the best opportunities for interacting with students and faculty outside my own discipline. My goal is to continue to improve the undergraduate experience using the excellent foundation that exists at Revelle as well as the exploration of collaborative opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.
It is my pleasure and my role to ensure inclusiveness as a blending spirit from dorm room to classroom, from Revelle Commons to the outside world. You represent a fascinating variety of talents and backgrounds, and we are committed to fostering such diversity in an environment of mutual respect. We welcome you to Revelle College and encourage you to become a member of our thriving community. UC San Diego’s undergraduate college system is unique in the UC system. The colleges provide their students with many of the advantages of a small liberal arts college plus the opportunities and resources of a large research university. The colleges are small communities within the university as a whole. Each one is home to a diverse group of students from all majors and backgrounds. Most students who enter UCSD as freshmen will live at their colleges for their first two years here.
Paul K. Yu, Provost
UC San Diego’s undergraduate college system is unique in the UC system. The colleges provide their students with many of the advantages of a small liberal arts college plus the opportunities and resources of a large research university. The colleges are small communities within the university as a whole. Each one is home to a diverse group of students from all majors and backgrounds. Most students who enter UCSD as freshmen will live at their colleges for their first two years here.