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About the Campaign

Thanks to the support of more than 163,000 donors, UC San Diego has raised more than $3 billion to date, making us the youngest university in the country to reach a multibillion-dollar milestone in a single campaign.

Through the Campaign for UC San Diego — our university-wide comprehensive fundraising effort, which concluded June 30, 2022 — philanthropy empowered us to enhance student support, ensure student success, transform our campus, connect our community, and redefine medicine and health care on a global scale.

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Impact like non other

The Campaign for UC San Diego fueled support for a wide range of projects across campus with the potential to make our world a better place. From leading-edge clinical research into novel personalized treatments for cancer to increased financial support for students, and from new facilities for collaboration and discovery to enhanced connections between our campus and our community, our philanthropic partners have made an impact like nonother.

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Campaign Timeline

The Campaign for UC San Diego began in 2012 with a goal to transform the student experience, our campus and ultimately humanity itself. This timeline chronicles key moments and milestones in this historic fundraising effort that resulted in more than $3 billion in support of our campus’ physical, intellectual and cultural transformation.

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Chancellor Khosla

2012 Pradeep K. Khosla is Named the 8th Chancellor of UC San Diego

Formerly dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s highly regarded College of Engineering (also known as the Carnegie Institute of Technology), Khosla is an accomplished leader, educator and researcher.

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2014 UC San Diego Develops its First-Ever Strategic Plan

Under the leadership of Chancellor Khosla, establishing a shared vision and goals for the future of the campus, and embarking on an era of transformation.

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2016 Jacobs Medical Center Opens at UC San Diego Health

The 10-story, 245-bed advanced medical center, named in recognition of a gift of more than $100 million from Joan and Irwin Jacobs, includes advanced surgery, cancer care, cardiac rehabilitation, clinical trials, birthing options and more.

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2016 The UC San Diego Blue Line Debuts Downtown

As part of the new partnership to extend trolley service from the border of Mexico to the university’s campus in La Jolla. The extension project includes nine new stops, including two on campus, that will transform the way people access and experience UC San Diego.

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2017 Public Launch of the Campaign for UC San Diego

The public phase of the Campaign officially kicked off with the announcement of a $75 million gift from Taner Halıcıoğlu ’96 – the largest alumni gift the campus has ever received – to establish the Halıcıoğlu Institute for Data Science at UC San Diego.

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2018 The North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood Breaks Ground

The vibrant, mixed-use community incorporates residential, academic and administrative space, retail and parking, and is a fundamental component in the transformation of the UC San Diego campus into a live, learn, play community.

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2019 The Campaign for UC San Diego Reaches $2 Billion

Making UC San Diego the youngest university in the country to reach such a milestone.

2020 UC San Diego Community Unites to Support Local COVID-19 Response

More than 1,800 donors contribute over $5.9 million to empower UC San Diego’s comprehensive COVID-19 response.

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2021 UC San Diego Raises a Record-breaking $375 Million

For the fourth year in a row, UC San Diego exceeds $300 million in fundraising, setting another campus record for philanthropic support.

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2022 The Campaign for UC San Diego Surpasses $3 Billion

UC San Diego’s 10-year campus-wide comprehensive fundraising effort ends with a historic achievement: more than $3 billion raised in the Campaign.

The Campaign for UC San Diego Cabinet

Thanks to the partnership, dedication and generosity of more than 100 extraordinary members of the Campaign for UC San Diego Cabinet, we have delivered on our promise to educate and empower current and future innovators across the globe in a campus community unlike anywhere else in the world. And these extraordinary leaders paved the way, collectively contributing more than $1 billion to the Campaign.

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