Letter from the Chancellor

UC San Diego’s founders aspired to establish an experimental campus, one that would define the future of education and research at a public university. They began by recruiting the world’s top scholars to our campus—students and faculty with an entrepreneurial spirit and a penchant for risk taking.

That innovative spirit continues today, and it has led UC San Diego to become a distinctive campus with multiple pillars of excellence. Our visionaries enjoy the freedom to cross boundaries and design new disciplines that fuel breakthrough research and deliver a progressive education. Our leading minds are looking for the next discoveries that will benefit people around the world in all walks of life.

The success of our founders’ early vision is unparalleled. UC San Diego is one of the top public research universities in the country and one of the top twenty universities in the world. It is a remarkable achievement, and one we want to build on after five decades of success.

To ensure our continued level of distinction, UC San Diego initiated its first-ever strategic planning process this year. We’ve sharpened our mission, defined our goals, and set our sights on achieving our vision of being a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university. We have collectively mapped a framework for sustainable excellence. Together, we are redefining what it means to be a public research university that educates, leads, discovers, and transforms our community and our world.


Pradeep K. Khosla