Our Tradition: Challenging Tradition

Letter from the Chancellor


“We are flexible, bold, enthusiastic, collaborative and full of energy.”

At 56 years young, UC San Diego has not yet settled down. And that is a good thing. We are still growing and flourishing. We have big plans. Over the coming year and beyond, you will see our campus evolve, enliven and transform. We are redefining what it means to be a public research university. We are steadfastly increasing student housing, expanding our research capacity with the arrival of our newest fleet addition, R/V Sally Ride, and amplifying our healing impact with the grand opening of the Jacobs Medical Center. Our determination to teach, explore, discover, heal and serve is intensifying.

One of the great things about being a young university is our dynamism. We are flexible, bold, enthusiastic, collaborative and full of energy. We are eager to tackle our world’s most pressing challenges and dedicated to developing our next-generation leaders. We shape national and global policies, and drive research initiatives that benefit humankind and our planet—such as the newly established Microbiome and Microbial Sciences Initiative.

UC San Diego Tritons think and do things differently. We are a community of innovators and risk-takers, limited only by our imaginations. And fortunately, we are home to the brightest and most inventive minds who have the courage to create. As we continue to up our game and fulfill our Strategic Plan goals, we are proud that UC San Diego continues to be the experimental and distinctive campus our founders established, one that defies convention, pushes boundaries and challenges expectations.