Revelle College

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Coordinates: 32°52′29″N 117°14′28″W / 32.874742°N 117.241214°W / 32.874742; -117.241214

Revelle College
Revelle logo.png
Motto Purpose, Truth, Vision
Established 1964 (first)
Status undergraduate, liberal arts
Provost Paul K. L. Yu
Dean of Student Affairs
Sherry L. Mallory
Dean of Academic Advising
Shannon O'Brien
Resident Dean
Malik Ismail
Residents 3,622[1] (16% of UCSD campus population)
Undergraduates 4,167[2]
Newspaper Revellations
Major events
Watermelon Drop
Core course Humanities (HUM)
Website [1]

Revelle College was the first college founded at the University of California, San Diego, and named after oceanographer Roger Revelle (who was instrumental in founding UCSD out of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography) in 1964. Of the initial class of 181 undergraduate students, all but 30 were science majors. UCSD—and, with it, Revelle College—was founded at height of the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union. Revelle College remains focused on developing "a well-rounded student who is intellectually skilled and prepared for competition in a complex world."

Revelle's general education requirements are both rigorous and highly structured and attempt to follow the traditions of a classic liberal arts college. Revelle's stated goal of creating "Renaissance scholars" is reflected in their general education requirements, which ensure that a student graduating from the college has experienced a wide array of subjects from a year of calculus to proficiency in a foreign language. Revelle College's core writing course is known as Humanities (HUM), and is a notoriously challenging Western Civilization course that incorporates writing, history and other social science requirements into a five quarter (123 year) sequence that attempts to understand the greater social and literary developments throughout Western culture.

In 2014–2015, the college celebrated its 50th anniversary. The same year, UCSD Housing and Dining opened a new dining commons named "64 Degrees" to replace the old Plaza Cafe and Incredi-Bowls food truck.[3]

Residential life[edit]

Revelle's Residence Halls for first-year students are all named after famous exploring ships:

Each of these residence halls was renovated between 2009 and 2014. Revelle College also offers apartment housing for continuing undergraduates in the Matthews Apartments in Sixth College, as well as in the recently-built Charles David Keeling apartment complex. The Keeling Apartments, completed in 2009, are the first LEED platinum-certified residential buildings in the University of California system.[4]

The Revelle Residence Life office organizes over 500 events each year for Revelle students in the residence halls and on-campus apartments.[5] Students also have the option to get involved by joining one of the many student organizations or leadership programs offered by Revelle.[6]


The June 2007 Watermelon Drop

Revelle College has developed numerous traditions over the past fifty years. The most well-known of these, the annual Watermelon Drop, takes place every June prior to finals week. The tradition began in 1965, when a physics professor asked his students to calculate the terminal velocity of a watermelon dropped from the seventh floor of Urey Hall. Prior to the event, Revelle College hosts a pageant to name a Watermelon Queen, who drops the watermelon from the same building each year.[7] The Muir Pumpkin Drop is based on this festival.

Other traditions at Revelle include painting the Revelle Anchor, a centrally-located anchor that serves as a bulletin board and an artistic outlet. Students can spray-paint the anchor every night. Revelle College students also celebrate Roger Revelle's birthday at the end of winter quarter with a barbecue lunch. In the spring, Revelle College Council organizes the Revellution concert, which features local stars and rising independent artists.[8]



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