revelle college

purpose – truth – vision
Where the arts, sciences, and
humanities join to inspire and educate Renaissance men and women

Discover Revelle College

To create a new world, we must first create within ourselves a higher concern for good, a stronger will for right action, and a deeper sense of brotherhood. - Roger Revelle

Revelle College is a community of over 3,800 UC San Diego undergraduate students who represent diverse cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. At Revelle College, we focus on our students and are proud of their successes, while they are here, and after they graduate. At Revelle, students pursue academic excellence and explore research opportunities with support from individualized student services, eminent faculty, and world-class libraries. Students also enjoy a wide array of co-curricular programs and activities

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Why Choose Revelle College?

The first of UC San Diego's six colleges, Revelle College was named in honor of Roger Revelle, one of the founding fathers of the university. UC San Diego’s college system provides students with the advantages of a small liberal arts college and the resources of a large research university.

scholastic opportunity

At Revelle College, students can focus their studies on any of the more than 130 majors available at UC San Diego. Class size ranges from small one-unit seminars of 20 students to large lectures of up to 400 students. Students also have opportunities to engage in undergraduate research, internships, study abroad programs, and to interact with faculty members outside of the classroom through programs like Dine-With-A-Prof and the Next Step Mentoring Program.

vibrant student life

Students receive individualized attention in the areas of academic advising, campus and residential life, leadership opportunities, student government and organizations. We also offer a wide variety of social, cultural, service, and educational opportunities and programs. Beyond Revelle, UC San Diego has something for just about everyone, with more than 600 student organizations, a state-of-the-art recreation complex, and NCAA Division II men’s and women’s athletics teams.

dynamic residence life

First-year Revelle students are housed in a cluster of eight multi-story residence hall buildings. Suites of rooms are arranged to promote social interaction among residents. Campus dining options, study spaces, and a 24-hour computer lab are adjacent to the housing complex. A community-wide programming committee for the residence halls and apartments offers a range of opportunities for students living at Revelle to get involved.

General Education Requirements

General education courses introduce students to the founding principles of the college, provide a broad humanities, social science, and science background, and provide students with the skills necessary to pursue any departmental or interdisciplinary major.

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Living at Revelle College

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UC San Diego’s first college houses students in a cluster of eight multistory residence hall buildings overlooking Revelle Plaza and are arranged to promote social interaction among residents. 64 Degrees, 64 North, and Roger’s Market are all adjacent to student Housing.

Basketball courts, a green roof space (with ocean view), and the Main gym and Natatorium swimming complex are also within a short walk.

Revelle’s residence life team provides an integrated community living environment as well as resources, techniques, and skills to facilitate academic and personal development.

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restaurant and market

Restaurant: 64 Degrees
Revelle College’s newly renovated dining facility, 64 Degrees boasts welcoming spaces, fresh and varied food choices, and the only Demonstration Kitchen on campus. Enjoy five stations featuring burgers, shakes, tossed salads, rotisserie specials and a few surprises you will have to come and see to enjoy!

 Market(s): Roger's Market


Did you know that your Dining Plan allows you to spend Dining Dollars at any UC San Diego Dining Services restaurant or market on campus? Each College offers great dining options, but you are not restricted from eating at locations not in your College neighborhood.


Fall quarter

  • unOlympics
  • Welcome Week
  • Family Day @ Revelle

Winter quarter

  • Spirit Night
  • Roger Revelle's Birthday
  • Revelle College Semi-Formal

spring quarter

  • Watermelon Drop
  • Revellution

At Revelle College, the traditional classroom experience is only part of the educational process. We encourage students to enhance their college experience and gain valuable leadership skills by participating in student organizations, mentoring and leadership programs, and other activities.

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Do you have more questions?

Let us help you with some questions that incoming students usually have


What is the purpose of the core Humanities sequence?


The humanities requirement confronts students with significant humanistic issues in the context of a rigorous academic course. Through lectures and class discussions, and through the writing of essays, students learn to interpret literary, historical, and philosophical texts and to conduct independent critical assessment of documents and ideas, practice rhetorical skills and, particularly, persuasive written expression.


How can I complete my degree in 4 years, or in 2 years as a transfer student?


Use your resources! The best resource Revelle College offers to every Revelle student is access to an excellent Academic Advising, Student Affairs, and Residence Life Staff who are dedicated to helping you throughout your educational career at UC San Diego. To manage your 4-Year Academic Plan, you are encouraged to contact our Advising staff in person (walk in advising hours and appointments, and through the Virtual Advising Center).


Can I take any of my core Humanities courses through Global Seminars?


Yes! Revelle in Rome (HUM 3GS) explores an American experience in Rome through the lenses of art and literature. Revelle in London (HUM 3GS) is a site of extraordinary cultural and historical importance for the three key periods and themes of Humanities 3: the Renaissance, the Reformation, and Early Modern Europe. Enlightenment, Revolution, and Romanticism in Edinburgh, Scotland (HUM 4GS) examines 1660-1848 era philosophical, political, and cultural ideas through excursions to the Sterline Castle, Calton Hill, and Cementary.