John Muir College, named for the famed environmentalist, nature writer, and Sierra Club founder, offers students the most flexible General Education requirements (GEs) of all UCSD’s colleges. The college's philosophy is that students benefit most when allowed maximum freedom to choose courses meaningful to them within a program that includes both breadth and depth across different fields of inquiry in the sciences, social sciences, arts, humanities, and foreign languages. The flexible GEs make it possible for students to double major, pursue one or more minors, and take advantage of programs such as education abroad while still graduating within four years.
UC San Diego College System
The college system at UC San Diego offers many of the advantages of a small liberal arts college within the framework of a large, research university. Each college has its own GE requirements, programmatic theme, campus environment, and student life, and accepts students from all majors.
When you apply to UC San Diego, you'll be asked on the application to rank the colleges in your order of preference. Most students get their first or second choice college, so choose carefully!
We asked, "What Makes Muir Great?"
"Whenever I'm in Muir, I feel calm and at home. The trees, the tall buildings, and the ocean breeze create a beautiful, comfortable environment. It's extremely easy to make new friends and run into them all the time." Pritha Multani, '15
"Muir's got everything going for it but what really makes Muir great is the people. The people here are some of the most friendy, interesting, and enthusiastic I've ever met. At Muir, you are truly part of a community." Chris Shenton, '14
Why Choose Muir?
When graduating seniors are asked if they would choose Muir again, they overwhelmingly answer, Yes.
To learn more about Muir College, start by reading About Muir College. Read about Academics, Student Life, and Residential Life and Muir's Commitment to the Environment. Check out our high-achieving students. Take a campus tour!