UCSD Photo Tour

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Explore the UCSD Campus with These Pictures

The Pacific Coast from UCSD
The Pacific Coast from UCSD (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The University of California, San Diego is a public research university located in La Jolla, California, a beach community outside of San Diego. UCSD was established in 1960, making it the seventh oldest of the ten UC campuses. There are currently 30,000 students attending the 2,000-acre campus overlooking the Pacific coast. UCSD is often called a "Public Ivy," and it has notable strengths in science, medicine, and engineering. Faculty and alumni have won 20 Nobel Peace Prizes and eight National Medals of Science.

UCSD's undergraduate education is organized into six residential colleges, each with its own curriculum: Revelle College; John Muir College; Thurgood Marshall College; Earl Warren College; Eleanor Roosevelt College; and Sixth College. Each college has separate housing facilities for its students.

UCSD's athletic teams, the Tritons, compete in Division II of the NCAA. The official colors of the school are navy blue and gold.

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Geisel Library at UCSD

Geisel Library at UCSD
Geisel Library at UCSD (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located in the center of the UCSD campus, Geisel Library is the primary undergraduate library. In 1995, the library was renamed in honor of Theodor Geisel, more commonly known as Dr. Seuss, for his contributions to the library. The library is home to four of the five libraries on campus: the Arts Library, the Mandeville Special Collections Library, the Science & Engineering Library, and the Social Sciences & Humanities Library. Architect William Pereira created the geometric design of the building in the late 1960s. The library rises 8 stories high. The first and second floors are home to staff work areas, while floors three through eight house a majority of the library's collections as well as study lounges.

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Cat in the Hat Statue at UCSD

Cat in the Hat Statue at UCSD
Cat in the Hat Statue at UCSD (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Outside Geisel Library, a bronze sculpture honors the creator of Dr. Suess, Theodor Geisel, who gave multiple contributions to UCSD's library while living in La Jolla. In 1995, the library was renamed in honor of Audrey and Theodor Geisel. The statue depicts Geisel proudly posing, sitting at his desk with well-known Dr. Suess character, The Cat in The Hat.

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Library Walk at UCSD

UCSD Library Walk
UCSD Library Walk (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Library Walk is a wide pathway beginning at the School of Medicine and ending at Geisel Library. The Price Student Center, Student Services Center, and Center Hall are along Library Walk. During the week, student organizations, fraternities and sororities advertise to students along Library Walk.

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Center Hall at UCSD

Center Hall at UCSD
Center Hall at UCSD (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Along Library Walk is Center Hall, one of the largest lecture halls on UCSD's campus. Center Hall is utilized by all six colleges throughout the year.

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Price Student Center at UCSD

Price Student Center at UCSD
Price Student Center at UCSD (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Just south of Geisel Library, the Price Student Center is the main student hub on campus. Price is split into two sections: Price Center West and Price Center East. Price Center West features various dining options like Jamba Juice, Panda Express, Roundtable Pizza, Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill, Shogun Japanese Food, and Subway. Price Center West also features a movie theater, a pool hall, and a post office.

In 2008, construction of Price Center East was completed, nearly doubling Price Student Center's original size. The expansion includes food options like Bombay Coast Indian Food, Burger King, Santorini Greek Island Food, Tapioca Express, and Sunshine Market, a convenience store.

Price Center East is home to the Cross-Cultural Center, the Women's Center, and the Masluki-Cavalieri LGBT Resource Center, as well as additional student organization offices and a 24-hour study lounge. The Loft, a nightclub venue, is also located in Price Center East.

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Student Services Center at UCSD

Student Services Center at UCSD
Student Services Center at UCSD (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Student Services Center is home to a range of services for UCSD students. On the first level is the Triton Center, which holds daily tours and campus information for visiting students. Yogurt World, a frozen yogurt shop, is also located on the first floor. The third floor houses the Financial Aid Office, Student Affairs Technology Services, and Student Business Services, while the fourth and fifth floors are home to Admissions Offices, the Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention Resource Center, and Student Legal Services. Crouton's, a casual salad and sandwich café, is also located within the facility.

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The Conrad Prebys Music Center at UCSD

Prebys Music Center at UCSD
Prebys Music Center at UCSD (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Conrad Prebys Music Center is home to UCSD's Music Department as well as a 400-seat concert hall, 170-seat recital hall, and an experimental theatre that features digital acoustic systems. The building was completed in 2009 following a $9 million donation from philanthropist Conrad Prebys.

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Triton Statue at UCSD

Triton Statue at UCSD
Triton Statue at UCSD (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located at the bottom of the Price Center entrance, UCSD's King Triton floats proudly with his pitchfork and conch shell. The statue was unveiled in 2008 and since then has become an iconic part of the La Jolla campus.

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Revelle College and Residence Halls at UCSD

Revelle College at UCSD
Revelle College at UCSD (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Founded in 1964, Revelle College was the first college of UCSD. The college is named in honor of Roger Revelle, who helped found the La Jolla campus. Revelle's curriculum is molded for "Renaissance" scholars, in that the school incorporates general education courses from all disciplines. With a student body of 3,700, Revelle College provides a small, liberal arts college atmosphere within the university.

Housing in Revelle College consist of Beagle, Atlantis, Meteor, Galathea, Discovery, and Challenger Halls. These residence halls house multi-room suites with single, double, and triple rooms with a shared bathroom. The Revelle College residence halls are ideal for first-year students.

Located in the southwest corner of Revelle College are the Keeling Apartments. Each apartment features its own bathroom and kitchen and serves as the home for up to six students. In addition to these amenities, Keeling Apartments have beautiful ocean views, making them popular among upperclassmen.

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Fallen Star at UCSD

Fallen Star at UCSD
Fallen Star at UCSD (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

At the top corner of the 7th floor at the Jacob's Hall engineering building, the "Fallen Star" -- an art sculpture by Do Ho Suh -- sits. Attached at the corner, angled, fully furnished, the house is situated to be viewed from various points across campus. The house has become an iconic piece of art on UCSD's campus.

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La Jolla Playhouse at UCSD

La Jolla Playhouse at UCSD
La Jolla Playhouse at UCSD (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The La Jolla Playhouse, also known as the Joan and Irwin Jacob's Center, was constructed in 1947. Since then, the building has hosted a majority of UCSD's theatre productions. This contemporary theatre has birthed many performers, artists, and stage productions like John Goodman, Neil Patrick Harris, Jersey Boys and Memphis.

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Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Scripps Institution of Oceanography (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography or SIO is one of the oldest and largest centers for ocean and earth science research. It provides undergraduates and graduates hands-on education with the studies of oceanography, physics, chemistry, geology, and biology. This national historic landmark is open to the public and gives visitors access to Birch Aquarium located inside.

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Super Computer Center at UCSD

San Diego Super Computer Center at UCSD
San Diego Super Computer Center at UCSD (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The San Diego Super Computer Center is a research facility on the east end of the UCSD campus. Founded in 1985, the center supports research in high performance computing, computer networking, geoinformatics, and computational biology, to name a few.

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Rady School of Management at UCSD

Rady School of Management at UCSD
Rady School of Management at UCSD (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Rady School of Management is a graduate level business school located near the northwest end of campus, in the Village. Established in 2001, the Rady School is the newest professional college on campus. The school offers full-time and part-time MBA degree programs, as well as Ph.D. programs and an undergraduate minor in accounting.

The Rady School is home to the Beyster Institute, which focuses on training and consulting in entrepreneurship. Students can also participate in the Rady Venture Fund, a venture capital fund for local startup companies.

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The Village at Torrey Pines (Transfer Student Residence)

The Village at Torrey Pines - UCSD
The Village at Torrey Pines - UCSD (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Village, located in Torrey Pines (the northwest end of campus), is UCSD's primary dorm location designed specifically for transfer students. Village East and Village West consist of 13 buildings total, two of which are highrise apartments with ocean views. With a modern design, each apartment features double or single room layouts, with a kitchen and bathroom.

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Muir College at UCSD

Muir College at UCSD
Muir College at UCSD (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Established in 1967, John Muir College was the second college founded at UCSD. The college has a humanitarian focus on the "spirit of self-sufficiency and individual choice," which is why it was named in honor of John Muir, the famous adventurist and environmentalist. With that spirit, the school gives students flexible general education requirements so they can shape their academic program according to their interests. Muir College also actively participates in UCSD's Environment and Sustainability Initiative while offering an interdisciplinary minor in Environmental Studies.

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Muir College Apartments at UCSD

Muir College Apartments at UCSD
Muir College Apartments at UCSD (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Muir college residence halls have three themed houses: Cultural, Wellness, and Wilderness housing. The Cultural House focuses on diversity, accepting students of different cultures, ethnicities, races, and sexual identities. Wellness House focuses on areas of physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. Lastly, Wilderness House focuses on the individual's relationship with the environment, giving students opportunities to participate in outside activities like hiking. Each house features apartment-style living.

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School of Medicine at UCSD

School of Medicine at UCSD
School of Medicine at UCSD (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Established in 1968, the School of Medicine has consistently held a reputation as an elite medical school. Located on the south end of campus, the school offers programs in Neuroscience, Biomedical research, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Pharmacology, Pediatrics, and Anesthesiology. The school is also home to the Keck Center for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, a research institute that focuses on advancing imaging studies of human anatomy.

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Rimac Field at UCSD

Rimac Field at UCSD
Rimac Field at UCSD (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Rimac Field is home of the Triton Track and Field team. The 400-meter track consists of eight lanes, while the field features a long jump pit, high jump area, steeplechase, and a hammer and javelin area. The 2,000 person capacity stadium also holds concerts throughout the year. UCSD sponsors an annual music festival called the Sun God Festival. John Legend, Best Coast, and Wiz Khalifa are just a few artists who have performed at Rimac Field.

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