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University of California, San Diego

University of California, San Diego


At the University of California San Diego, a culture of risk-taking, collaboration, and innovation emerged early on. Established in 1960, UC San Diego has been shaped by exceptional scholars who aren’t afraid to look deeper, challenge expectations, and redefine conventional wisdom in order to make our world better. The only criterion our founders had for their campus was that it must be distinctive—and being experimental has been the norm since day one.

We are a university devoted to exceptional education. We recruit the best scholars to provide the highest quality learning to the most academically talented and inquisitive students in the world. This emphasis on excellence results in passionate and well-rounded graduates, many of whom go on to become leading experts and contributors in their fields.

We are committed to a collaborative research culture. Interdisciplinary partnership, inquisitive minds, and fresh thought are united in our multitude of centers, programs, research units, and institutes. These spaces of creativity and innovation allow our entrepreneurial faculty to move beyond their academic departments to facilitate leading-edge research and design in medicine, science, the arts, and engineering.

We are dedicated to serving the communities around us. This means supporting and promoting just and sustainable forms of economic development, shared prosperity, and social and cultural enrichment, regionally and globally. As one of the top academic hospitals in the country, it also means educating healthcare professionals to provide compassionate care informed by research, helping patients from around the corner and around the world.

We are passionate about a people-oriented culture. Everyone deserves an opportunity to succeed. That is why our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and interdisciplinary collaboration informs and shapes our thinking and actions across the board.

But above all, we are risk-takers. We were founded as an experimental campus and, in the most important ways, that is exactly what we have remained. As a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public institution accessible to all, UC San Diego empowers everyone in our community with the courage to create and the tools to transform.

So, if you’re looking to shake up the traditional in order to make the world a better place, then you might just be one of us.


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