Letter from the Chancellor

Man with white hair and glasses dressed in a black blazer jacket addresses a group from a podium with a blue backdrop behind him.

Destination: UC San Diego

At its founding, UC San Diego was conceived as a destination. A respite from harsh weather and a retreat from tradition, our university piqued the curiosities of the nation’s most brilliant minds, people who wanted to change the world. Their interaction created a spirit of possibility and a culture of creativity that has inspired Tritons ever since to look deeper, explore uncommon connections and strive to improve the human condition.

Today, we continue that legacy. We cultivate connections across campus, throughout our region and around the world. We welcome diverse perspectives. We nurture inclusive collaboration. And we design programs and spaces to exchange concepts, evolve thought and develop innovations.

For example, last year, we opened the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood to rave reviews and broke ground on the Theatre District Living and Learning Neighbor­hood. Specifically designed to foster deeper bonds between students, faculty and visitors, these neighborhoods mix housing, restaurants, retail, outdoor recreation, and academic, cultural and community spaces to fundamentally change the way our students and our community experience UC San Diego.

Just steps away from the newly opened UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley extension is our new Design and Innovation Building. Inside, programs such as The Basement, the Maker Space, the Design Lab and the Entrepreneurship Center are bringing students, faculty, alumni and industry together to further develop and disseminate the brilliant ideas that emerge from UC San Diego. Nearby, the new Epstein Family Amphitheater will open this summer to offer audiences more than 300 public performances a year.
Also on the Blue Line and opening this year is UC San Diego Park and Market in downtown San Diego. With public space outside and meeting, arts and educational spaces inside, it is designed to increase access to the wealth of resources UC San Diego has to offer our regional community. Back on campus, Franklin Antonio Hall will also open this year to help facilitate interdisciplinary, cross-campus collaborations critical to solving the toughest challenges facing society.

In the years that follow, a new, iconic Triton Pavilion and Alumni Center will welcome our alumni, prospective students and visitors alike and provide a modern space to expand student health and well-being services. A new Outpatient Pavilion will open at our Hillcrest Medical Center, and over the next decade, the Hillcrest campus will be completely reimagined to increase access to UC San Diego Health’s nationally ranked specialties and award-winning patient care.

There is even more to UC San Diego than top-ranked education, cutting-edge research and world-class patient care. Visit the newly reopened Craft Center or see visual and performing arts shows at Mandeville Arts Center or La Jolla Playhouse. Come see the penguins at Birch Aquarium or explore your curiosities at Geisel Library. Catch a Division I Triton Athletics event or experience the world-famous public art of the Stuart Collection. Dine and shop, or just take a walk on our beautiful campus.

There is something for everyone at UC San Diego, especially for Triton alumni. I hope to see you on campus soon.

With kind regards,

Pradeep K. Khosla
Chancellor