Earl Warren College

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Earl Warren College
File:Warren logo.png
Motto "Toward a life in balance"
Established 1974 (Fourth)
Status undergraduate, liberal arts
Provost Steven Adler
Dean of Students
Paul Dewine
Asst. Dean of Students
Carey O'Kelly
Dean of Academics
Jacob Lacy
Resident Dean
Claire Palmer
Undergraduates 4,308[1][2] (17% of UCSD campus population)
Major events Festival: Warren Live!, semi-formal
Core course Warren Writing/Ethics & Society

Earl Warren College is one of six undergraduate colleges at the University of California, San Diego. Warren College has one of the largest student populations at UCSD, with over 4,000 undergraduate students, comprising about one fifth of the student population. It is named for former California Governor and Chief Justice Earl Warren. Warren College was founded in 1974.

Panorama of Warren Mall

Residence halls and apartments

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Residence halls in Warren College

Each of the residence halls within Warren College is named after justices that sat on the U.S. Supreme Court with Chief Justice Warren during his term with the U.S. Supreme Court. Residence halls are located near the ecological reserve which is a canyon filled with eucalyptus trees and has hiking trails.

Residence Halls include:

Apartments for both first and second year students include:

There are also graduate student apartments available at the Warren Campus.

Student life

Warren College has various student organizations. These include: (a) Warren College Student Council (WCSC)[1], (b) Warren College Events Board, (c) Warren Transfer and Commuter Commission (WTCC), (d) Commission on Warren Spirit (COWS), (e) Frosh Small Group, (f) Provost's Student Advisory Council (PSAC), (g) Warren College Honors Council, and (h) Warren Association of Volunteer Enthusiasts (WAVE).

The Warren College campus is also home to an enormous rock sculpture in the shape of a bear, titled "Bear", located on the engineering quad.

Educational Philosophy and Programs

Reflecting Earl Warren's tenure as Chief Justice, Warren College's official motto is "Toward a life in balance."

Warren College emphasizes the importance of living a balanced life and creating a balanced education. Warren College seeks to create academically balanced scholars. Warren College has General Education requirements ("GE"s) that are easy to individualize, though the campus-wide requirement of two writing courses still holds. While the number of classes required is no less than the other five colleges, one often has more freedom in choosing the classes.

Programs of Concentration

All courses are organized into three disciplines, (1) math/physical sciences, (2) social sciences, and the (3) humanities. Warren College allows students to pursue a major of their choice in any discipline while requiring the completion of two Programs of Concentration (PofCs) in the other two disciplines. Each Program of Concentration is composed of six courses, of 4-units, (e.g., a history major could take six classes in political science and six classes in biology as well).

Engineering Students

Student looking towards an Engineering, B.S. degree, however, are required to complete two Area Studies (A/S), each comprising three courses, of 4-units, at least two of which must be upper-division courses. Similar to PofCs, Area Studies must be non-contiguous to the student's major and to each other.

Warren College is home to a large number of engineering students because its general education requirements are more flexible for students pursuing an undergraduate degree in engineering.

In 2006, the college has added a new building dedicated to the study of Information Technology, called Calit2.

Writing Programs

Warren College's writing program consists of a two-quarter sequence based on the model of argumentation developed by British philosopher Stephen Toulmin.


  1. "Undergraduate Enrollment by College" (PDF). UC San Diego. Retrieved 8 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. http://as.ucsd.edu/elections/AS09SP_Elections.pdf

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