Welcoming New and Returning Tritons for Fall 2021

Chancellor Khosla, Executive Vice Chancellor Simmons meeting students during move-in weekends 2021

Each fall, I look forward to walking across campus during move-in, greeting new and returning students and their families as they start their year at UC San Diego. Thousands of students traveled here from near and far. This year, I walked campus with Executive Vice Chancellor Elizabeth Simmons, and we met families from as close as Chula Vista and Riverside to as far as Houston and Singapore. 

Move-in weekends 2021 at UC San Diego Library Walk

Move-in weekends 2021 at UC San Diego at Sixth College

This year has been particularly satisfying, as I watched our campus come alive with the energy, enthusiasm and promise of what lies ahead. Student voices filled campus, as they carried suitcases toward residence halls, explored campus, and began building lifelong connections and a sense of Triton community.

Move-in weekends 2021 at UC San Diego at Muir College

It is always a pleasure to meet families and experience the tradition of bringing a student to college. I often ask, "Who's more excited? Parents or student?" The overwhelming response is "student!" 

First Ride on the UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley

Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla at the MTS First Ride Event for the UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley extension.

On Friday, September 10, I had the priviledge to be one of the first riders on the new UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley extension. Work is still ongoing at stations, but the trolley extension is on schedule to open to the public on November 21, 2021. When two new stations open on campus, the university will be connected like never before. 

The Blue Line will provide direct access to campus for students and employees who live throughout the region. Many will be grateful for this convenient, safe and affordable alternative to driving to campus. Currently, 60% of our faculty, staff and students use alternative transportation for their daily commute. We expect this percentage to increase when the trolley opens. 

Interior trolley ticker that announces stops showing the text, "UCSD Blue Line."

The Blue Line also opens direct travel to the border. This will strengthen our ties with our educational institutions and partners in Mexico. It will support our student-run free health clinic in Tijuana. And it will open access to our cross-border Community Stations.

Community Station opening at the U.S.-Mexico Border

Early next year, UC San Diego will also open a new downtown site on the Blue Line, at Park and Market. UC San Diego Park & Market will offer a mix of public, meeting, arts and educational spaces for civic engagement, learning, collaboration, and cultural experiences unique to our region and communities.

Rendering of the new UC San Diego Park and Market presence in downtown San Diego

I welcome everyone, not just students and employees, to ride the Blue Line to visit UC San Diego. Take advantage of public lectures, visual and performing arts, Triton Athletic events, the Birch Aquarium and more. Shop and dine, see the public art of the Stuart Collection, or just take a walk on our beautiful campus. 

The trolley brings San Diegans closer together. And soon it will bring visitors directly to the region’s premier destination for students, patients and the public. We look forward to making many new connections. 

Transformative Ideas Generate Transformative Support

 

It is with tremendous gratitude that I announce UC San Diego’s fourth consecutive record-breaking fundraising year. For FY 2021, the university received $376.4 million in philanthropic support from alumni, students, parents, grateful patients, faculty, staff and friends, exceeding our $350 million annual goal for the first time. 

Gifts to the Campaign for UC San Diego empower our Triton community to imagine, innovate and make our world a better place. The results speak for themselves. Just last week, U.S. News & World Report ranked UC San Diego Health no. 1 in San Diego and no. 5 in California. UC San Diego Health is among the nation’s best in 10 specialty areas, including pulmonology (9), geriatrics (13), cancer (17), and cardiology and heart surgery (23).

Philanthropy also supports our ongoing efforts to increase access to higher education for the next generation of changemakers. This year, we delivered big on that promise, admitting the most diverse and accomplished cohort in our history; more than one-third are from underrepresented groups. Our incoming first-year and transfer students will join an already high-achieving student body.

Donor support like this sends a message that big ideas are worth big investments, and UC San Diego is the destination for big ideas, world-class education and cultural and community engagement. In many ways, philanthropy is an extension of the collaboration that UC San Diego is known for. Our donors collaborate with our brilliant faculty, researchers and experts in bringing big ideas to life through their gifts, and in doing so, ensure that we are able to achieve our strategic objectives. 

I invite you to learn more about the many programs, initiatives and investments that are underway as a result of this record-breaking year. The impact of your contributions is far reaching and significant. Thank you to each and every one of you who contributed to our Campaign for UC San Diego last year. I continue to be blown away by your generosity. Our work is not yet done. 

 

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