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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 Housing Neighborhood

Opened: Spring and Summer 2020

Two large graduate student housing projects—Nuevo West and Nuevo East—are part of the Mesa Housing Neighborhood on east campus, which will provide below market housing, additional parking, amenities and access to almost every part of campus via the Nuevo West Pedestrian Bridge. The Mesa Neighborhood will foster community and help the university reduce waitlists for graduate housing by providing 2,100 more beds.

Design and innovation Building

Expected completion: Spring 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: 2020

The university’s first Living and Learning Neighborhood, North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood, will become the new home of Sixth College and two new academic buildings, one for the Division of Social Sciences and one for the Division of Arts and Humanities. Blending cultural, residential and retail spaces among the classrooms, this neighborhood will also include the reimagined UC San Diego Craft Center. 

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.

Triton Pavilion

Expected completion: TBD

Triton Pavilion 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: Fall 2021

The UC San Diego Downtown Center is a full-block site at the northwest corner of the intersection of Park Boulevard and Market Street in downtown San Diego. The downtown center is designed with a purposeful mix of public, meeting, arts and educational spaces for civic engagement, learning, collaboration and cultural experiences unlike anywhere else in the region.

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 and Techology Facility

Expected completion: Winter 2022

The Marine Conservation and Techology Facility will provide undergraduate and graduate coursework in marine biodiversity, conservation, resource management, advanced statistical analysis and associated disciplines. The facility will house the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (CMBC) and the basement will be almost entirely devoted to a saltwater research aquarium that will have chilled, ambient and warm seawater pumped directly from the Pacific Ocean from the Scripps Pier seawater system.

Franklin Antonio Hall

Expected completion: Spring 2022

Franklin Antonio Hall will bring approximately 200,000 additional square feet of space to the Jacobs School of Engineering. The building will house laboratories, classrooms, project spaces for student engineering teams, facilities for entrepreneurship activities, an auditorium and café, and will provide space for additional faculty, improving the Jacobs School’s student-to-teacher ratio.

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.