Recognized as one of the top 15 research universities worldwide, UC San Diego is a vibrant and dynamic public institution that provides opportunity for all. The campus is a catalyst for change, sparking discoveries that advance society, drive economic growth and positively impact the world.

Since our founding more than 50 years ago, the population of the La Jolla campus has grown from a handful of students and faculty to more than 33,000 students and some 15,000 faculty and staff.

With the student population expected to increase, UC San Diego must plan for this projected growth and everything that comes with it – additional housing, academic facilities, services, faculty, staff and more. In our planning we must ensure that we:

  • Create great spaces for people to learn, live and interact.
  • Expand upon and advance our sustainability goals, socially, academically, financially and environmentally.
  • Align with the goals of our university’s Strategic Plan while adhering to urban planning principles established by previous Long Range Development Plans (LRDP) and the 1989 Master Plan study.
  • Continue to be inclusive, flexible and receptive to ideas and concerns from our surrounding community.
  • Improve access to campus and enhance connections to the greater San Diego community by embracing regional transportation projects, such as the San Diego Trolley extension, which have the added benefit of easing traffic and parking demands as well as improving air quality.
  • Preserve the character of the campus, including those assets that reflect its remarkable physical location, and other elements that make us uniquely UC San Diego.

The 2018 LRDP will be the sixth comprehensive long-range plan for the physical development of the campus. Previous plans were produced in 1963, 1966, 1981, 1989 and 2004. This next update will guide development through 2035.

Learn more about the LRDP process or see frequently asked questions for additional information. You can also download the LRDP Fact Sheet (PDF).