Sixth college

innovative – interconnected – aware
Preparing students to become dynamic and engaged citizens of the 21st century

About Sixth College

Inaugurated at the dawn of a new century, Sixth College prepares our students to become dynamic and engaged citizens of the 21st century — innovative, interconnected, and aware. Our core academic programs develop skills in both traditional and emergent media literacy, emphasizing essential writing fundamentals, as well as, the latest forms of digital communication. The themes of Culture, Art and Technology are built into all of our extra-curricular and residential programs, and reinforce our commitment to experiential learning.

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Why make Sixth your first choice?

At Sixth College, our goal is to prepare students to become effective global citizens who engage creatively and ethically with the complex issues facing the world. UCSD ranks in the top 10 universities, so you know you will receive an excellent education here. Through Sixth College's academic and co-curricular programs, you will learn to become innovative, interconnected, and aware.

community life

At Sixth College, our programs, services, and facilities are designed to create a supportive environment that enhances the personal development and learning of our entire campus community. Working in partnership with faculty and staff, we prepare our students to be responsible and contributing members of a diverse, global society by providing learning-centered environments, meaningful out-of-class opportunities, and professional support services that help you learn through your co-curricular experience and achieve academic success.

scholastic guidance

The mission of Sixth College’s Academic Advising staff is to help students integrate into the UCSD academic community and develop sound academic, career and life goals. Academic advising is an intentional educational partnership between advisors and students and is a process that considers and respects students’ diverse backgrounds, interests and abilities. As Academic Advisors, we strive to develop personal and caring  relationships with our students and are looking forward to continuing our tradition of excellence in the delivery of academic advising services.

academic programs

The Culture, Art, and Technology Program offers students interdisciplinary scholarly opportunities centered on exploring the intersection of culture, art, and technology. From the origins of civilization to the history of Hollywood and the future of the environment, students in CAT engage with big questions about where we’ve come from, who we are, and where we are going. We aim to inspire curiosity in our students, teaching them to think critically and creatively, while preparing them for success in college and beyond.

supportive faculty

Our dedicated faculty and staff strive to create a rich and varied cultural and social life for students, as well as a more energized physical environment through on- and off-campus partnerships.

General Education Requirements

In the Culture, Art and Technology sequence of courses, our students acquire innovative interdisciplinary approaches that they will need in a rapidly evolving world. Our Practicum is a unique upper-division requirement that promotes civic engagement and global consciousness, and embodies the College’s commitment to active, experiential learning. The Practicum provides a wonderful opportunity for students to integrate theory and practice by making connections between classroom learning and community experiences. Sixth College is also unique in offering an upper-division writing requirement, designed to assist students in preparing their professional portfolios and refining their presentation skills as they prepare to enter the post-graduate world.

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Living at Sixth College

Sixth Neighborhood

Most Sixth College first-year students live in predominantly triple rooms and a few double rooms housed in eight two-story residence halls containing suites with lounges for studying and socializing. Small buildings in a park-like setting promote a sense of community where it’s easy to meet others. The living area is conveniently equipped with wireless internet. First-year residents may also be housed in Sixth College apartments—furnished with kitchen, outdoor patio, dining room, living room and offering a mix of single, double and triple bedrooms. Laundry facilities, mailroom, Foodworx, Sixth Market, and Club Med Dining are all are nearby. A community lodge and quad offer space for studying and social programs.

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sixth dining

Restaurant: Foodworx
Famous for their made-to-order pizza, Foodworx also carries fresh salads, sandwiches, and more. Soak up the sun on the patio, or get your food to-go.

 Market(s): Sixth 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

  • Welcome Week
  • Whackin’ Jack
  • CIA Ice Skating
  • Chalk the Walk

Winter quarter

  • Let it Flow...A Soulful Night at Sixth
  • Semi-Formal
  • Winter Game Fest
  • Lunar New Year
  • C.H.A.O.S.
  • Spirit Night/Spirit Week

spring quarter

  • Chocolate Festival
  • Sixth Digital Film Festival
  • Kuncocshun
  • Spirit of the Masters


  • Concerts in Close Quarters
  • Café Commute
  • VPC Lecture Series
  • Coffee/Dine with a Prof

The Student Affairs team works with students to develop experiences that support classroom efforts as well as expand learning opportunities outside the walls of the classroom by providing activities and services that enhance the student experience. At Sixth College, our goal is to prepare students to become effective global citizens who engage creatively and ethically with the complex issues facing the world.

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