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Student Experience

UC San Diego aims to deliver an educational and overall experience that develops students who are capable of solving problems, leading, and innovating in a diverse and interconnected world. 

Strategies and initiatives to improve the student experience include providing coordinated and comprehensive academic, professional, and career advising; rethinking curricularlum and pedagogy to improve retention and graduation rates, and increase student and faculty engagement; and strengthening the connection between academic and high-impact, cocurricular experiences. 

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Educational Innovation

  • Summer Bridge

    Summer Bridge is one of the major ways we support students’ transition from high school to university life. During the 8-week program, students can earn up to 8 units of college credit, build their academic skills and abilities, and learn about the campus services and programs available to help them succeed at the university-level. Participation in this program is funded by the university at no cost to students. Learn more (summerbridge.ucsd.edu)  
  • OASIS

    The Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services (OASIS) support Tritons’ successful transition to UC San Diego and empowers them to enter the world as changemakers by facilitating the holistic enrichment of students through community-based and culturally responsive mentoring, academic support, and professional development. Learn more (oasis.ucsd.edu) 

  • Triton Transfers

    Transfer Student Success provides resources, services, and programs to empower transfer students to achieve their goals as they navigate UC San Diego's academic and cultural landscape. We assist students in their transition through active engagement in opportunities that support their paths and build community so they thrive academically, professionally, and personally; and we share knowledge and implement proven promising practices to support transfer student experiences across the campus community.  Learn More (transferstudents.ucsd.edu) 
  • Digital Learning

    The Digital Learning Hub in the Teaching + Learning Commons supports the integration of digital technology and the effective use of multimedia to promote student success, in collaboration with instructors and academic departments. The hub offers expertise and resources to re/design courses for online or hybrid learning, develop engaging and effective instructional materials, and utilize appropriate technical tools to enhance the digital learning experience. Learn more (digitallearning.ucsd.edu)  

     

    Partner with the Digital Learning Hub to develop a new online course offering at UC San Diego, including support for course design, multimedia development, quality assurance, and R-course approval. Learn more about creating an online course.  

Experiential Learning

  • Research and Applied Learning

    As part of our strategy to support the student experience, we have developed a comprehensive university portal to cconnect students and experience providers. The interactive undergraduate research portal, one of our Engaged Learning Toolsis an online clearingghouse for research, internship, service learning, entrepreneurial, and other cocurricular opportunities that help students build real-world skills and apply knowledge gained in the classroom. Learn more (real.ucsd.edu). 
  • Academic Enrichment Programs

    Academic Enrichment Programs (AEP) helps link formal undergraduate classroom instruction with relevant real-world experiences, including scholarships, fellowships, and competitive awards, that enhance the learning process. AEP provides research-oriented opportunities to students and empowers them to leleverage resources and develop skills to be successful in a post-baccalaureate career. Learn more (aep.ucsd.edu) 

  • Integrated Student Records

    San Diego offers an official record known as the Co-Curricular Record, one of our Engaged Learning Tools, which highlights student involvement and real-world skills not captured on a traditional transcript, providing integrated academic and co-curricular information that clearly communicates students' achievements to graduate or professional schools and prospective employers. The CCR portal helps students plan, track, and records a wide range of academic and cocurricular experiences that constitute their complete education at UC San Diego. Learn more (myccr.ucsd.edu). 

Colleges, Divisions, and Schools

  • Undergraduate Colleges

    At the undergraduate level, UC San Diego is comprised of seven residential colleges, each providing a tight-knit community and unique learning-and-living environment for students with full-service academic advising and other support services, social events, and leadership opportunities
  • Divisions and Schools

    General campus is home to seven divisions and schools offering a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in different disciplines. 
  • Office of Undergraduate Education

    The Office of Undergraduate Education provides campus-wide leadership for the delivery of undergraduate education and the enhancement of educational effectiveness and academic success.  Learn more (undergrad.ucsd.edu) 
  • Graduate Division

    The Graduate Division is the central resource for all matters related to graduate education at UC San Diego. Our team is there at every step in a graduate student’s career, helping students navigate their path from admission to graduation and beyond. Working behind-the-scenes and in collaboration with faculty, staff and students, the Graduate Division guides today’s scholars on their upward trajectory to becoming tomorrow’s leaders. Learn more (grad.ucsd.edu)

Help us support the success of all students

With your philanthropic support of the Student Support and Success Initiative —which contributes to the Campaign for UC San Diego—we can ensure that learning is affordable and accessible for all UC San Diego students. From scholarships to experiential learning to basic needs services, these resources will support students’ educational, professional, and personal development and help them succeed as future changemakers. Visit the campaign website to make a gift today.