Grand Plans

Enhancing the Student Experience

UC San Diego’s unprecedented expansion is designed to accommodate increasing student enrollment—expected to approach 40,000 students within the next few years. As more Tritons come to campus, we must continue creating great spaces for students to learn, live and interact.

1. Two large graduate student housing projects—Nuevo West and Nuevo East—are part of the Mesa Graduate and Professional Student Housing development on the East Campus, which will provide affordable housing, additional parking and amenities close to campus. The Mesa neighborhood will foster community and advance our goal of guaranteed on-campus housing by providing 3,600 more beds, with more planned in the future. Expected completion: Fall 2019 and Spring 2020

2. Near the planned Pepper Canyon trolley stop, the Innovation and Design Center will be the physical embodiment of UC San Diego’s creativity, collaboration and entrepreneurship, and the first sight when stepping off the Blue Line. This hub of innovation will provide a highly accessible location to showcase the work of our campus and invite the greater community to be a part of how we change the world. Expected completion: Summer 2021

3. The North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood will integrate much-needed living and academic space, enabling students to learn and live in a dynamic environment. This vibrant mixed-use community is centered around two new academic buildings—one for Social Sciences and one for the Arts and Humanities—and will house 2,000 undergraduate beds, 1,200 underground parking spaces, as well as a market, dining hall and craft center. The neighborhood will also become the new home for Sixth College. Expected completion: Fall 2020

Enriching the Campus Community

As UC San Diego continues to grow, the university seeks to open itself up to the greater community, inviting alumni to return and reengage, and bringing in a vibrance that supports students’ development and provides opportunities for academic, personal and professional success.

1. The Gateway Complex will transform the center of campus, establishing a more clearly defined entrance to our university while enlivening our community hub. Consider our campus center being another go-to neighborhood of San Diego—an active, intellectual destination with a unique spirit and students at its heart. New buildings will house resources such as career and alumni services and International Center programs, as well as UC San Diego Extension. Expected completion: 2021

2. UC San Diego and Holland Partner Group recently broke ground on a new Downtown Development at Park and Market that will connect the university to the San Diego’s innovation community and the many neighborhoods throughout its urban core. UC San Diego Extension will manage a facility on-site with outreach and education programs for middle- and high-school students; business incubation and entrepreneurship resources; arts and cultural events and exhibits; and research and volunteer opportunities that encourage civic engagement for UC San Diego students and faculty. Expected completion: Summer 2020

3. The arrival of Light Rail Transit and the UC San Diego Blue Line will be a paradigm shift in how our campus interacts with the community. With two stops on campus—at Pepper Canyon in the west and Voigt Drive in the east—the trolley will provide an effective campus-commuting alternative, reduce roadway congestion, improve public transit services and better connect the region with all that UC San Diego has to offer. Expected completion: 2021

Sparking Research and Innovation

As part of UC San Diego’s current expansion, new space is being added for classrooms, research labs and areas for collaboration, all of which spark the legendary innovation and experimentation for which our campus is known.

1. Located next to Revelle College, Tata Hall, named in recognition of the Tata Trusts’ gift to support genetic research, will add much-needed research space and teaching laboratories for the Divisions of Biological and Physical Sciences. This cutting-edge facility will help accommodate growing demand for courses and improve time-to-degree for several majors. Expected completion: Fall 2018

2. At Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Marine Conservation Facility will be a global destination for environmental understanding, adding labs that will unite members of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation in a collaborative working environment, and classrooms where the leading minds of today will inspire the changemakers of the future. Expected completion: Fall 2019

3. The Engineering Interdisciplinary Building (image unavailable) will house centers that unite brilliant minds across disciplines to engineer solutions to the world’s most pressing societal challenges. The building will be located in the Warren College neighborhood, overlooking a canyon on the north side of campus. Expected completion: Fall 2021

Learn more in Triton’s interview with director of campus planning, Robert Clossin ’95.