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About the Campaign

Thanks to the support of more than 153,000 donors, UC San Diego has raised $2.85 billion to date, making us the youngest university in the country to reach a multi-billion-dollar milestone in a single campaign. And we’re just getting started.

Through the Campaign for UC San Diego — our university-wide comprehensive fundraising effort concluding June 30, 2022 — we are enhancing student support, ensuring student success, transforming our campus, connecting our community, and redefining medicine and health care on a global scale.

Together with our philanthropic partners, we will continue our nontraditional path toward revolutionary ideas, unexpected answers, lifesaving discoveries and planet-changing impact.




New Donors to UC San Diego


Donors have given $1M in support of the campaign


Endowed Chairs established



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 ongoing fundraising effort, driving UC San Diego’s physical, intellectual and cultural transformation.

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Chancellor Khosla

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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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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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.

ucsd blue line trolley

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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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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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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The Campaign for UC San Diego Reaches $2 Billion

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


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.


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.

The Campaign for UC San Diego Cabinet

It is a time of remarkable potential for UC San Diego. With your partnership, we aspire to educate and empower current and future innovators across the globe in a campus community unlike anywhere else in the world. These leaders are helping pave the way.

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