Earl Warren College

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Coordinates: 32°52′57″N 117°14′00″W / 32.882464°N 117.233446°W / 32.882464; -117.233446

Earl Warren College
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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
Residents 4,115[1] (18.1% of UCSD campus population)
Major events Festival: Warren Live!, semi-formal
Core course Warren Writing/Ethics & Society

Earl Warren College is one of the six undergraduate colleges at the University of California at San Diego and is named after the three term California Governor and former Chief Justice of the United States Earl Warren. Warren College emphasizes the importance of living a balanced life. Founded in 1974, Warren College seeks to create academically balanced scholars. By sorting all courses into three disciplines, math/physical sciences, social sciences, and the 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), each composed of six, 4-unit courses, in the other two disciplines (e.g., a history major could take six classes in political science and six classes in biology as well). Student looking towards an Engineering, B.S. degree, however, are required to complete two Area Studies (A/S), each comprising three, 4-unit courses, and at least two of which must be upper-division. Similar to PofCs, Area Studies must be non-contiguous to the student's major and to each other. Warren College has GEs that are very easy to individualize, though the campus-wide writing requirement of two courses holds. While the number of classes required is no less than the other five colleges, one often has more freedom in choosing the classes.

Warren College is home to a large number of engineering students because its general education requirements are more lenient for students pursuing an undergraduate degree in engineering. Warren also has one of the largest student populations, with over 4,000 undergraduate students, comprising about one fifth of the university's population. In 2006, the college has added a new building dedicated to the study of Information Technology, called Calit2. Warren College's core writing course incorporates general college level writing for students over two quarters.

Panorama of the Warren College central Mall

Residence halls and apartments[edit]

Residence halls in Warren College

All of the residence halls for Warren College students are named after other judges that sat on the court with 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.

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

Student life[edit]

Warren College has various organizations that students can get involved in. This includes Warren College Student Council (WCSC)[1], Warren College Events Board, Warren Transfer and Commuter Commission (WTCC), Commission on Warren Spirit (COWS), Frosh Small Group, Provost's Student Advisory Council (PSAC), Warren College Honors Council, and 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.


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


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