EArl Warren College

Toward a life in balance
At Earl Warren College, our students acquire the
intellectual, social, and decision-making skills needed to assume responsible citizenship in a global society

About Warren College

Earl Warren College was established in 1974.  Named after the former California Governor and Chief Justice of the United States, the College continues the legacy of Earl Warren by encouraging students to explore the relationship between leadership and social justice.

Warren College students represent all majors offered at UC San Diego, and the college motto, Toward a Life in Balance, serves as a guiding principle for our core courses in Ethics and Society, general-education requirements, and approach to living and learning in a vibrant community.

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The Warren Mission

At Warren, our mission is to enable students to acquire the intellectual, social, and decision-making skills necessary to assume responsible citizenship in a global society. Students can enhance their educational experience at UC San Diego by participating in a wide range of programs, services, and leadership opportunities. The complement of a rigorous academic curriculum and myriad co-curricular opportunities provides each student with the opportunity to achieve the College vision of a life in balance.

General Education Requirements

The Warren general-education requirements must be completed by all Earl Warren College students. The guiding philosophy and college motto, Toward a Life in Balance, is integrated into these requirements to encourage your exposure to fields outside of your major discipline and to ensure depth and breadth of study.

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Living at Warren College

Housing and neighborhood

Residence halls feature suites of single and triple rooms overlooking the UCSD Ecological Reserve. Freshmen may also be housed in apartments, located on the opposite side of Canyon Vista and Earl’s Place eateries. Each two bedroom apartment houses four five students in double and triple rooms. Warren Housing offers covered bike storage and laundry rooms, student activities center, Earl’s Fun House, a Mac lab, Canyon Vista restaurant and Earl’s Place (a gourmet coffee shop and convenience store). Residential buildings surround basketball and sand volleyball courts. Canyonview Aquatic Center with an Olympic-size pool, climbing wall and weight room is close by.

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dining AT warren

Restaurant: Canyon Vista
Dine on a breezy outdoor terrace overlooking the canyon, or next to a roaring fireplace. Canyon Vista’s menu includes pizza, pasta, calzones, stromboli, Asian cuisine, made-to-order sandwiches and a variety of hot grilled items.

 Market(s): Earl's Place


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

  • All College Transfer Welcome
  • Dark Night Bright Lights
  • Open Mic Night
  • Warren Winterland

Winter quarter

  • Spirit Night
  • Warren Live
  • Earl Warren's Birthday

spring quarter

  • Open Mic Night
  • Warren Semiformal
  • Student Leadership Celebration
  • Senior Sunset


  • Warren Wednesdays
  • High Table Dinner

At Warren College, we understand the value of life both in and outside of the classroom. Earl Warren College Student Affairs offers students several co-curricular programs to enhance their academic and personal development.

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Warren FAQ

Get the answer to commonly asked questions about Earl Warren College


What is there to do at Warren College?


Warren College offers vibrant co-curricular experiences and student organizations that provide the chance to meet other students, explore opportunities in the College and UCSD, and develop a sense of community. Some of our signature events include our annual Warren Live! Concert, Open Mic Night talent show, High Table Dinners, the DeWitt Higgs Lecture, U-SEE San Diego tours, Human Rights Border Tour, and Spirit Night tailgate.


I have already taken writing classes before coming to UCSD. Do I still need to take Warren Writing?


Yes. Warren Writing is required of all Warren College students, regardless of previous writing coursework. If you are an incoming Freshman student, you are required to complete WCWP 10A and WCWP 10B even if you have taken a college writing course or have Advanced Placement credit. Incoming transfer students who are IGETC certified or have taken two transferable writing courses elsewhere are required to take WCWP 100. If you are an incoming transfer student and have not taken two transferable courses, you must take WCWP 10A and WCWP 100.


What are Programs of Concentration (PofC) and Area Studies (AS)?


Programs of Concentration and Area Studies are fields of study outside of your major discipline. Two PofCs are required for all non-B.S. Engineering students completing the Warren College standard general-education requirements. Each PofC consists of six four-unit courses, three of which must be upper-division. Two AS are required for B.S. Engineering students completing standard general-education requirements. Each AS consists of three four-unit courses, two of which must be upper-division. Each PofC or AS must be non-contiguous (unrelated) to the major and to each other.