A scholarship changes a life—as well as entire families and future generations. At UC San Diego, nearly 65 percent of our undergraduates need financial aid. UC San Diego provides a world-class education that offers social mobility through opportunity and hard work. Our students have to do the work. We can give them the opportunity. Learn More
During spring and summer break each year, student volunteer collaborate with various community-based non-profits around the world to work on social justice issues. It is an alternative to the typical way college students spend their short break away from school. This gives them a meaningful opportunity to give back to society.
AB@UCSD does more than just address the superficial symptoms of a social justice issue. Alternative Breaks establishes a platform where passionate student volunteers can contribute their time to help address pressing social issues around us, not just in the United States but also in the global scene. AB@UCSD is a student run, student led organization dedicated to creating a society of globally conscious active citizens. Learn More
OASIS Summer Bridge
OASIS Summer Bridge is a year-long transition program which acclimates students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds—many of whom will be the first in their families to graduate from college—to the academic, social and cultural life at the university, thereby helping them to be successful students and campus leaders. It begins with a 4-week residential component in August and continues throughout the academic year.
Students who participate in Summer Bridge gain a clear understanding of the demands students face at a major research university, as well as the resources available to meet those demands. The program is offered by UC San Diego’s Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services (OASIS), and is completely free to its participants.
The Preuss School
Recognized by Newsweek as the top transformative high school in the nation for three years in a row, The Preuss School UCSD is a unique charter middle and high school for low income students who strive to become the first in their families to graduate from college. Located on the UC San Diego campus, our students come from throughout San Diego County to take advantage of an environment that encourages intellectual risk-taking while offering an array of academic supports.
Our graduates are consistently accepted to four-year colleges and universities at a rate of more than 90 percent, and almost 100 percent are going on to some form of higher education. Yet, we do more than prepare our students for higher education. We provide them with the skills necessary to effect change in society and help transform communities here in San Diego and throughout the world. Learn More
UCSD LGBT Center
The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center at UCSD provides a visible presence on campus and enhances a sense of connection and community among LGBT faculty, staff, students, alumni and the UCSD Community. Let the LGBT Resource Center be your home away from home. We encourage you to get involved by visiting the Center and connecting with members of our community. Learn More
Raza Resource Centro
The Raza Resource Centro (RRC) is one of the newest Campus Community Centers under the new Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at UC San Diego. The Centro came out of a history of struggle, and student and community movements that called for resources and support for UCSD Chicano/as- Latino/as. As a Campus Community Center with administrative staff and student interns we offer activities, events and resources to connect, students, staff, faculty, and alumni.
The RRC is open to everyone but we strive to emphasize and foster the access, retention, and graduation of Chicano/a-Latino/a students as well as create strong connections with our surrounding community. Learn More
Black Resource Center
The Black Resource Center is a Campus Community Center which serves the entire population of UC San Diego while emphasizing the Black experience. Come by to study, have lunch or attend one of our many programs and events. Allow the BRC to be a home away from home for you. In everything, we promote SCHOLARSHIP, foster LEADERSHIP and cultivate COMMUNITY. Learn More
UCSD Center on Global Justice
The UCSD Center on Global Justice promotes collaborative research among scholars across disciplines, communities and organizations to achieve more effective and sustainable results in bettering human life, locally and across the globe. Complex social problems are not constrained to disciplines or sectors; nor can their solutions be. Learn More
Student Run Free Clinic Project
The UC San Diego Student-Run Free Clinic Project, in partnership with the community, provides accessible, quality healthcare for the underserved in a respectful environment in which students, health professionals, patients, and community members learn from one another. Often described as a “safety net for the safety net,” we serve more than 2,000 patients every year, while providing invaluable hands-on experience for students at UC San Diego’s School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy. Learn More
Center for Social Innovation and Impact
The center for Social innovation and Impact believes that true interdisciplinary collaboration enhances the impact we can have on pressing societal issues. We promote and support a large variety of various social venturing initiatives, with a focus on education, health and sustainability, using the following principles: business mindedness, understanding the problem, data driven solutions and unified impact assessment. Learn More