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Campaign Hits Historic $2 Billion Milestone

Campaign Hits Historic $2 Billion Milestone

UC San Diego becomes the youngest university in the nation to surpass a multi-billion-dollar goal in a single campaign.



UC San Diego’s supporters have created a powerful community that is driving our momentum and will propel fundraising efforts through the planned campaign conclusion in 2022. This incredible energy will have an enduring impact on our campus and our world. And we are just getting started.

95,00+ new donors to UC San Diego, 273 Donors have given $1million+ in support of the campaign and 92 endowed chairs established (includes approved and pending).



Thanks to the support of our visionary philanthropic partners and friends, UC San Diego is making unprecedented progress in our efforts to transform our university, our region and our world.



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 Pradeep 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.

UC San Diego scientists research

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.

Family at Jacobs Medical Center

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.

UC San Diego 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.

UC San Diego Campaign launch party

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.

North Torrey Pines Living and Learning artist rendition

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.

UC San Diego campus flyover shot

The Campaign for UC San Diego Reaches $2 Billion

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