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Welcome Prospective Students!

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Whether you are just beginning to think about college or have recently been accepted, we welcome you to UC San Diego and Eighth College!

Why Choose Eighth College

Community and Engagement

Eighth’s philosophy of community and engagement is at the heart of some of the world’s most challenging issues, including structural racism, economic disparities, health and wellbeing, climate disruption, and many more. Eighth College makes integrity, ethical relations, reciprocity, and social justice core principles of its educational mission. Our curriculum centers around a commitment to anti-racism and is anchored by our Engagement Course Series. Our Engagement Courses will help you build strong and honorable community relationships, locally and around the world, and your general education will ensure direct, practical experience.

Eighth seeks to cultivate students' abilities to understand and respond to these challenges, inspiring and equipping our future leaders. Our team of remarkable faculty and staff are driven by passion and expertise in our mission to provide an exceptional education that builds students’ knowledge, skills, networks, and courage to address the great challenges facing the communities in which we live and are meant to thrive.

Vibrant Student-Centered Housing

Eighth College students will call the Theatre District Living and Learning Neighborhood home. You'll reside in the newest living and learning facilities on campus - near the campus’ theatre district and overlooking the La Jolla shoreline!  Our College’s neighborhood promotes a sense of community and healthy living through physical, mental and social well-being by connecting with nature for learning, relaxation and recreation. 

Make History

Eighth College is welcoming its inaugural class in 2023! Our college theme is Community & Engagement, and students in our college have a unique opportunity to shape and influence our new traditions and programs. We've heard it described as the most exciting new startup on campus!


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Want to Learn More?

Learn more about the Eighth College commuity and our educational ethos.

Meet Eighth

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Why A College System

UC San Diego’s college system creates the close-knit community of a small liberal arts college where we get to know each other by name and interest, and where we provide students clear connections for learning and living well. At the same time, UC San Diego students gain the intellectual benefit of a large Tier 1, top-ranked research institution that is one of the best public universities in the world.

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Why UC San Diego

The perfect environment to make a big impact. Salt air and sunshine. Renowned faculty. The finest labs and resources. As one of the world's leading public research universities, UC San Diego attracts bold thinkers and creative achievers — the disassemblers of the everyday who come here to "Break Things Better.

See Why We're Special

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Recently Admitted?

If you were recently admitted, congratulations! We invite you to check out the New Students page we've created just for you, including information on Triton Days!

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