UCSD Fuels the Growth of Research on Torrey Pines Mesa


UCSD - Hottest School for Science bannerThe University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is regarded as one of the top universities in the country according to U.S. News and World Report. Six of its faculty members have won a Nobel Prize. Twelve Nobel Prize Winners have been associated with UCSD, which currently ranks it 27th in the world. This ranking is quite impressive considering the Nobel Prize was first awarded in 1901, well before UCSD was founded.

UCSD is ranked fourth in the country among all National Universities, according to the Washington Monthly, when considering Research, Community Service, and Social Mobility. The U.S. News and World Report ranks several UCSD programs in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics in the top 10 nationwide. This level of academic accomplishment brings in significant federal research funding, making UCSD 7th in the nation according to the National Science Foundation. It also helps fuel the continued growth of research labs on the Torrey Pines Mesa and continually attracts other research organizations to move to San Diego.

Created with a grant of land from the citizens of San Diego, the campus of UCSD was opened in 1964. Classes began a few years earlier (1960) with graduate students in science and technology taking their classes at the Scripps Institute. Twenty-one thousand undergraduates and nearly 5,000 graduate students now occupy the campus. If you hear students refer to Revelle College, Muir College and others, this stems from the UCSD’s system of residential colleges modeled after those of the premier universities in England (Oxford and Cambridge).

This blog post is one of several on a series I’ve written about the research institutes that line the Torrey Pines Mesa, making it one of the largest clusters for medical and biotechnology research in the world.

Learn more about the University of California, San Diego

UCSD Tours – Campus tours are available to the public every Sunday afternoon at 2PM. The first Sunday of each month offers a walking tour of campus while the remaining Sunday tours are provided by bus. All tours last about an hour and a half. Advanced reservation is recommended.

Events Calendar for UCSD. Visit the performances, exhibits, and lectures offered by UCSD to the public.

Directions from Google Maps. The Visitor Center is located just inside the Gilman Drive Entrance. To reach the Gilman Drive Entrance, exit the I-5 at La Jolla Village Drive and head west. Just past your first light at the Villa La Jolla Entrance you will take the next exit to your right for Gilman Drive. UCSD is about a 15 minute drive north of downtown San Diego.

Food – There are several restaurants on Villa La Jolla Drive. Although they are within a couple blocks of campus, you will probably want to drive since the campus is quite large.

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