Eleanor Roosevelt College

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Eleanor Roosevelt College
University UC San Diego
Coordinates 32°53′07″N 117°14′34″W / 32.885293°N 117.242737°W / 32.885293; -117.242737Coordinates: 32°53′07″N 117°14′34″W / 32.885293°N 117.242737°W / 32.885293; -117.242737
Motto Developing World Citizens Through Scholarship, Leadership, and Service
Established 1988 (Fifth)
Status undergraduate, liberal arts
Provost Ivan Evans, Ph.D. Professor of Sociology
College Leadership
Dean, Students Affairs
Patricia Scott
Director & Associate Dean, Residence Life
Rey Guerrero
Dean, Academic Advising
Sarah Spear-Barrett
Director, Making of the Modern World
Matthew T. Herbst, Ph.D.
Director, International House
Henri Migala, Ed.D.
ERC Operations Specialist
Burcu Tanyeri
Undergraduates 3,956[1][2] (15.9% of UCSD campus population)
Core program Making of the Modern World (MMW)
Major events
  • Festival: Rockin' Roosevelt
  • Programs Abroad: MMW Global Seminars
  • Service Learning Programs

Eleanor Roosevelt College (ERC) is one of six undergraduate residential colleges at the University of California, San Diego. ERC emphasizes international understanding in its co-curricular programming and general education requirements by requiring students to complete the Making of the Modern World sequence and a regional specialization and have basic proficiency in a foreign language.


In 1985, a Preliminary Planning Committee recommended the creation of a new college focused on comparative culture studies to augment its existing then four undergraduate colleges. The Academic Senate approved the proposal in May 1986 and Professor James Lyon was appointed founding provost of Fifth College in March 1987. UCSD's colleges are given a numeric designation until a permanent name is later chosen. In fall 1988, Fifth College welcomed its inaugural class. The college was officially named Eleanor Roosevelt College (ERC) in a dedication ceremony on January 26, 1995.

Like all UCSD colleges, ERC is led by a provost, who is a tenured departmental faculty member appointed to oversee the college for a five-year term. The provost is the highest academic officer in the college and oversees its organizational structure, which includes academic advising and student affairs, residence life, an academic program (the Making of the Modern World), and UCSD's International House.

Academics and Mission[edit]

While ERC students major in all disciplines, the college's thematic focus is on international understanding and engagement. Its general education requirements include proficiency in a foreign language, a regional specialization, and a core world history sequence called The Making of the Modern World.

ERC emphasizes the value of study abroad and sends more students abroad than any other UCSD college. In addition, ERC has developed its own programs abroad, offering MMW Global Seminars each summer, and annual service projects, including a program in India where students meet with the Dalai Lama. ERC is also the sponsor of UCSD's International Migration Studies and Human Rights minor.

Facilities & Housing[edit]

An oceanview patio at Eleanor Roosevelt College

Eleanor Roosevelt College's current location was designed by the architect Moshe Safdie. The residential facilities are named after various global regions and seek to integrate the philosophy of the college into their design as well. There are five residence halls for freshmen: Africa Hall, Asia Hall, Europe Hall, Latin America Hall, and North America Hall. In addition, there are six apartment complexes for sophomores: Earth Hall North, Earth Hall South, Middle East Hall, Oceania Hall, Geneva Hall, and Mesa Verde Hall. Finally, ERC also is home to UCSD's International House (I-House), which contains three building complexes: Asante House, Cuzco House, and Kathmandu House.[citation needed]

Eleanor Roosevelt College also has housing exclusively for Mexican and Latino students called the Raza Housing.[3]


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