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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Seventh College - General

How many students are in Seventh College’s first admitted class? How does this compare to the other colleges?

Seventh College expects to welcome 600 first-year students in Fall 2020. In comparison, our campus’ other undergraduate colleges will enroll roughly 1,000 first-year students and 500 transfer students. The size of Seventh College’s incoming classes will grow over time and Seventh College will welcome its first cohort of transfer students in Fall 2022.

Can transfer students apply to Seventh College?

Transfer students can start applying to Seventh College in Fall 2021 for the 2022-23 academic year.

Where is Seventh College located?

Seventh College is located in the beautiful northwest corner of campus, formerly known as the Village. Every apartment has a full kitchen and many boast spectacular ocean views. The college is next door to the RIMAC athletic complex, the Rady School of Management, the School of Global Policy and Strategy, and Eleanor Roosevelt College.

What is Seventh College's theme?

The College's theme is "A Changing Planet." This encompasses a broad range of pressing global issues such as the climate crisis, mass migration, and rapid cultural and technological change. The goal of Seventh College is to help students acquire the skills needed to confront these challenges.

Why was Seventh College created?

Overall enrollment at UC San Diego has been increasing over time. This has meant that enrollment in each of the undergraduate colleges has also increased. In order to ensure the total number of students in each college doesn't get too large, the University decided to open Seventh College.

The opening of a new college will also provide additional resources for students, including additional academic advisors, student affairs staff, CAPS psychologists, and much more.

Will Seventh College be eventually named?

Yes, Seventh College will eventually be named--however, an exact timeline of when this will occur is to be determined. The naming of the colleges at UC San Diego is a careful and deliberate process involving input from the entire UC San Diego community. We’re excited to see who our namesake will be!

What research and educational opportunities are provided to Seventh College students?

Seventh College students will have all of the same amazing research and educational opportunities as students in the other colleges. A great starting point for investigating these opportunities is the website for Academic Enrichment Programs.

We also encourage students to check out the experiential learning opportunities listed on the Teaching the Learning Commons and UC San Diego Study Abroad Office websites.

How does Seventh College promote interdisciplinary learning?

At the core of Seventh College’s academic mission is the Synthesis Program, which empowers students with the knowledge and skills to confront the challenges posed by our changing planet. The Synthesis Program draws upon material from a broad range of disciplines, highlighting how different areas of study approach questions and arrive at answers. As a result, students are able to hone their critical thinking skills and enrich their expertise in their major.

How do I apply for Seventh College's First-Year Honors Program?

The Seventh College First-Year Honors Program sponsors activities and events designed to introduce students to the pioneering research and innovative scholarship at UC San Diego and in the surrounding community. 

Eligible incoming first-year students will be invited by the Provost’s Office in late Summer to enroll in SEV 20, the First-Year Honors Seminar, offered in Fall 2020. We encourage students to learn more about Seventh College’s Honors Program on our website.

What are Seventh College’s colors?

Seventh College's color is represented on our official college logo, which was created by the UC San Diego's Communications and Public Affairs Office.

Academic Advising

What advising services does Seventh College provide? Is each student assigned a specific advisor?

Incoming Seventh College students will receive advising over the summer via New Triton Advising in the Virtual Advising Center.

Once Fall Quarter begins, students will have access to Express Advising and Scheduled Appointments, offered both in-person and online via Zoom.

15-minute drop-in sessions are offered throughout the academic year for help with:

  • Class planning and scheduling
  • Degree audit review
  • Understanding requirements and policies
  • Academic forms review and signature 

30-minute pre-scheduled appointments are available for academic matters that may require more in-depth advising:

  • Academic planning
  • Changing or exploring majors
  • Graduating seniors/degree checks
  • Concerns about academic performance
  • Withdrawal
  • Readmission
  • Petitions for exceptions to requirements/policies
  • Double majors and minors

Students may meet with any available academic advisor.

What are Seventh College's GE requirements?

Seventh College’s general education curriculum consists of 14 required courses, some of which are likely to overlap with students’ major coursework. Specifically, students are required to select two courses from each of five different areas:

  • Arts
  • Humanities
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Social Sciences

Additional requirements include Synthesis 1, Synthesis 2, and Synthesis 100, all offered exclusively to Seventh College students. Synthesis 1 and 2 are writing-intensive, while Synthesis 100 is project-based.

The High-Impact requirement is satisfied by completing one course (2-4 units) selected from a variety of engaging experiential learning options (e.g. internship, mentored research, study abroad). 

Will any of my major requirements overlap with my Seventh College GE requirements?

It is possible for major requirements to overlap with the Alternatives and High-Impact requirements. 

Synthesis courses are specific to Seventh College and cannot overlap with other requirements.

I've heard that Seventh College's GE requirements are spread out over all four years. Is that true?

Research shows that students benefit more from their general education coursework when they take these courses throughout their college career. For this reason, we encourage students to spread out their general education coursework.

Having said that, students at Seventh College are free to take their general education courses whenever they want, with the exception of Synthesis 100, which students need junior or senior standing to take.

Why does each college have different General Education (GE) requirements? What makes Seventh College’s GE’s unique?

The UC San Diego college system combines the academic advantages of a large research university with the finest features of a small liberal arts college. Each undergraduate college has its own residential neighborhood, general education curriculum, support services, and distinctive traditions. 

Seventh College GE requirements encourage students to approach large-scale, global issues from an interdisciplinary perspective and to enhance their academic and real-world skills through research, internships, and study abroad.

Can my AP/IB scores and/or community college coursework satisfy degree requirements? Is there a limit to how many credits I can receive?

AP/IB credit may satisfy degree requirements. Please refer to Seventh College’s AP and IB charts for details. There is no limit to the amount of credit you can receive from AP/IB scores. 

Community College coursework may also satisfy degree requirements. Information about how to transfer courses can be found on our website. A maximum of 105 quarter units can be transferred from outside institutions.

Can I change my major?

Students can change their major online using the Major/Minor tool on TritonLink once they enroll in Fall Quarter courses. Please note that this only applies to majors that are not capped.

I was not admitted into my first choice major which is capped. Is it possible for me to switch into a capped major?

Some majors at UC San Diego are “capped,” which means enrollment in the major is restricted due to high demand. If you were not accepted to the major upon admission to UC San Diego, you will need to apply to the major sometime after you arrive on campus.

Every capped major has its own admissions requirements, so it is important to contact the major department or program directly to ask about the application process. We recommend exploring alternative majors since admission into a capped major is not guaranteed.

Residence Life

Are incoming first-year students required to live on-campus?

Students are not required to live on-campus. However, we believe that through participating in the residential experience, students can strengthen connections to peers and their college community, develop independent living skills, and gain access to valuable on-campus resources and programs.

How many years of on-campus housing/residency are guaranteed for students?

All UC San Diego undergraduate students are guaranteed two years of on-campus housing. Depending on housing availability and students' participation in specific campus support programs, requests for on-campus housing extensions (beyond the standard two-year guarantee) may be submitted.

How many students are assigned to a room in Seventh College apartments?

In light of public health concerns related to COVID-19, all on-campus housing (including Seventh College apartments) will have reduced capacities. Students will be assigned to singles (one person occupancy rooms), or doubles (two person occupancy rooms) for the 2020 - 2021 academic year.

If you have a health need that requires a single space, please contact the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD): http://osd.ucsd.edu/ for accommodations.

How does roommate selection occur?

Students who complete their housing contract by the stated deadline may submit roommate requests during the summer. Roommate requests require students to form groups through mutual invitations (all individuals in the group must accept the roommate request invitation). Please note that while Residence Life tries to honor roommate requests, they are not guaranteed. If you do not submit a roommate request, roommate matches will be determined by your responses to the housing preferences form. 

Students are encouraged to routinely check their campus email address for housing information through the summer. 

Are there gender inclusive housing options within Seventh College?

Seventh College will provide gender inclusive housing throughout the residential community. In gender inclusive housing, all genders may live together in an apartment and have the option of sharing bedrooms. 

We acknowledge the importance of space for all gender identities and gender expressions in our community. We encourage all students who believe that they may benefit from gender inclusive housing to select this option when completing their housing preferences form.

What on-campus dining options are available for Seventh College students?

At UC San Diego, there are dining commons located in every residential neighborhood. Seventh College students have the opportunity to dine at The Bistro, shop for groceries and essentials at The Market, and utilize full kitchens in all apartments. 

We encourage students to view our Residence Life page for further information on dining.

What residential amenities within Seventh College are open 24/7?

Seventh College’s security services, laundry facilities, and select study lounges are available 24/7 for student use. The Bistro and The Market have scheduled daily hours of operation.

Who are Seventh College's Resident Assistants (RAs)?

We have selected a staff of qualified, excited, and caring students from across the six existing colleges to serve in the Seventh College community for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Our Resident Assistants come from different academic backgrounds, clubs, and organizations across campus to best support our community. 

Student Life

What makes the inaugural Seventh College cohort’s student experience unique?

This is a historic opportunity to help create the college culture you’ve always dreamed of and shape the future of Seventh College for years to come. Our smaller class size creates a close-knit community and allows College staff to focus on your individual student experience. Students will also have access to Orientation Leaders and Resident Assistants who can provide guidance on acclimating to life at UC San Diego.  

We are excited to build a fun, welcoming, and inclusive community together!

How will traditions be established at Seventh College?

Seventh College traditions will be established by college student organizations, Resident Assistants, Orientation Leaders, and the administration at Seventh College.  If you have ideas, our Student Affairs team wants to hear them when you join us!

Will Seventh College have a student government?

Yes, it is our intention to work with students to establish a Seventh College Council within the College’s first two years.

How can I meet and build a community with peers from other undergraduate colleges?

UC San Diego offers many ways to engage with students from across the colleges. We highly recommend our students join campus student organizations, participate in Associated Students (Student Government), attend athletic events, and more. 

Seventh College will also partner with other colleges to create events and programs for the entire student community.

What resources are available for Seventh College commuter students?

Commuter students have access to the same university experience as residential students -  engaging courses, excellent academic advising, and comprehensive campus services. We strongly encourage commuter students to participate in college council, join in campus and college activities, and utilize campus resources like our community centers, commuter lounges and more. 

Please visit UC San Diego’s Commuter Resources for further information.

Miscellaneous

How does UC San Diego determine College placement for incoming students?

UC San Diego’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions carefully takes into consideration applicants’ preferences and rankings of the Colleges, and does their best to assign College placements accordingly.

What is the student-to-faculty ratio at UC San Diego?

While class structure and size varies greatly across departments, our university’s average student-to-faculty ratio is 19:1.

Can an incoming first-year student purchase a parking permit for the 2020 - 2021 academic year?

First-year students cannot purchase annual campus parking permits. We encourage all students to review alternative transportation options through the UC San Diego Transportation website.

Are there community gardens available on-campus?

UC San Diego and Seventh College are proud to support on-campus community gardens that promote sustainable food practices. There are several on-campus gardens that are open to the campus community.

Please visit the Sustainability website for further information.