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Campus Transformation

Five years from now, the UC San Diego campus will be almost unrecognizable to anyone who hasn’t watched the transformation unfold. With everything from new buildings and bridges to the arrival of the trolley, the shift in the campus’s physical appearance will be profound. Yet, the impact will span far beyond just new construction—it will serve to enhance the student experience, enrich the campus community, and spark research and innovation.

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—and create a more connected university. As more Tritons come to campus, UC San Diego is poised to become one of the nation’s premier residential campuses, offering dynamic spaces for students to learn, live, and interact.

Mesa Graduate and Professional Student Housing

Expected completion: Spring and Summer 2020

Two large graduate student housing projects—Nuevo West and Nuevo East—are part of the Mesa Graduate and Professional Student Housing development on east campus, which will provide affordable housing, additional parking, and amenities with access to west campus. The Mesa neighborhood will foster community and advance our goal of guaranteed on-campus housing by providing 2,200 more beds, with more planned in the future.

Design and innovation Building

Expected completion: Summer 2021

Near the planned Pepper Canyon trolley stop, the Design and Innovation Building 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.

North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood

Expected completion: Fall 2020

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 and 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.

Enriching the Campus Community

As UC San Diego continues to grow, the campus seeks to open itself up as a premier destination for the greater community, a welcoming place for patients, and a vibrant center that supports students’ development and provides opportunities for academic, personal, and professional success. A new Alumni Center will also offer an exciting new space for alumni to return to, connect with, and reengage with their alma mater.

Gateway Complex

Expected completion: 2023

Gateway Complex is proposed for development on seven acres and would be the first project in the campus’s long-term plan to revitalize the University Center district. The project would support enrollment growth, improve student experience, and consolidate complementary programs and services, including Student Health and Well-being, the Alumni and Welcome Centers, UC San Diego Extension, Global Education, campus support, retail, restaurants, and food service. The project would transform the campus arrival experience as the primary gateway at the center of campus for students, prospective students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors.


Expected completion: Spring 2021

UC San Diego and Holland Partner Group recently broke ground on a new Downtown Innovation and Cultural Hub at Park and Market, which will connect the campus to San Diego’s innovation community and the many neighborhoods throughout the 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.

Light Rail Transit and the UC San Diego Blue Line

Expected completion: Late 2021

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.

Sparking Research and Innovation

Every day, UC San Diego is transforming lives and society through our multidisciplinary research. 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.

Tata Hall

Opened: Fall 2018

Located on the Revelle College campus, Tata Hall adds much-needed research space and teaching laboratories for the Divisions of Biological and Physical Sciences. This cutting-edge facility is helping to accommodate the growing demand for new undergraduate laboratory courses and is home to the Tata Institute for Genetics and Society and the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind.

Marine Conservation Facility

Expected completion: Fall 2019

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.

Franklin Antonio Hall

Expected completion: Fall 2021

Franklin Antonio Hall will house centers that unite brilliant minds across disciplines to engineer solutions to the world’s most pressing societal challenges. The interdisciplinary engineering building will be located in the Warren College neighborhood, overlooking a canyon on the north side of campus.

Our Mission

UC San Diego will transform California and a diverse global society by educating, generating and disseminating knowledge and creative works, and engaging in public service.

Our Vision

We will align our efforts to be a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university.