Eleanor Roosevelt college

international understanding
Developing world citizens through scholarship, leadership, and service.

Discover Roosevelt College

The defining theme of ERC is captured by our motto: "Developing world citizens through scholarship, leadership, and service."  Our guiding spirit is Eleanor Roosevelt, a woman of passion, intelligence, and independence who dedicated her life to public service at home and abroad.  Through our core curriculum, Making of the Modern World, as well as co-curricular activities ranging from the Global Marketplace and intercultural workshops to Sunday Suppers at International House and alternative spring breaks held across the globe, students at ERC expand their knowledge and explore their identities and commitments as global citizens.

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The Roosevelt College Mission

General Education Requirements

ERC’s Educational Philosophy is based on the belief that to be educated in our world today means to understand one’s own history and cultural heritage and the history and thought of other major cultural traditions as well. All ERC undergraduates will include in their academic programs a series of general requirements designed to provide a broad, multi-cultural perspective. As graduates, they will carry with them a strong international orientation and understanding as well as expertise in their chosen academic disciplines.

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Living at Roosevelt College

housing and neighborhood

The majority of first-year students live in residence hall suites of primarily triple rooms and some singles, bordering a community green and Café Ventanas. The Village Market and The Bistro Dining facilities are nearby, as well as the RIMAC sports complex.Laundry facilities, study and meeting rooms, mailroom, game room, student activities center, student-run TV station and International House are all conveniently located in the ERC neighborhood. RIMAC campus recreation facility is just a short walk away.

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incoming student info

eating at roosevelt

Restaurant: Cafe Ventanas
Breathtaking architectural design includes 30-foot glass walls, open natural wood beam ceilings, and a large outdoor dining patio and amphitheater. Enjoy a rotation of made-to-order regional cuisines including Ramen Bowls, Taco specials, and Indian food.


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

  • Welcome Week
  • UnOlympics
  • Leadership Retreat
  • Halloween Haunted House
  • Fall Ball

winter quarter

  • Intercultural Communication Workshop
  • Spirit Night
  • Rock ‘n’ Roosevelt
  • Casino Night

spring quarter

  • BAGS – Break Away Global Service
  • MMW Blowout
  • Recognition Banquet
  • Senior Brunch


  • Dine with a Prof
  • Global Marketplace
  • SLAM: Spontaneous Laughter, Art, and Music
  • PERC Blood Drive
  • Culture Nights
  • Finals Scream Week

There are always lots of events happening at ERC!  Don’t miss out on these special traditions that happen year after year!

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Do you want to know more?

Get the answer to commonly asked questions about Eleanor Roosevelt College


What are the most popular majors that Roosevelt students choose? Can I really choose any major I want?


In the last two years, the top six departments in which Roosevelt students graduated from were Biology, Economics, Engineering, Political Science, Psychology and International Studies. This distribution very much reflects the departments with the most graduates across all six Colleges, only reinforcing the fact that you really can choose any major you want at any College.


What is MMW and why do I have to take it?


The Making of the Modern World program (MMW) is required of all students at Eleanor Roosevelt College. MMW is an interdisciplinary general education exploration of the human experience which is grounded in world history and provides university-level instruction in research and writing. MMW is an academic expression of ERC’s mission which is, in part “to feature dimensions of international understanding and cultural diversity.” It is a five-course lower-division sequence for students entering as freshmen (MMW11 to MMW 15) and a two-course upper-division sequence for transfer students (MMW121 and 122). MMW is offered during the academic year and in the summer.

MMW Abroad: MMW is also offered abroad on faculty-led Global Seminars in summer session. MMW has offered summer programs in Amsterdam, Athens, Bangkok, Berlin, Cape Town, Istanbul, London, Madrid, Paris, and Tokyo, and 500 undergraduate students have now studied abroad on MMW Global Seminars. ERC Transfer students can substitute an MMW Global Seminar for MMW122, the second course in the two-course transfer sequence.