Celebrating the Independent Spirit

Welcome to the Muir Family

UC San Diego is a collegiate university structured as a hybrid of the federal and residential college systems. Students at all six colleges have the same options of major, take classes throughout the campus, and and have access to the resources of a large research university. At the same time, each college differs in its theme, general education program, residential experience, and student life programs, giving us some of the feel of a smaller liberal arts college.

John Muir College, the second undergraduate college at UCSD, is named after John Muir, the environmentalist, writer, founder of the Sierra Club. While we do not have an academic requirement that students study the environment, we do include environmental issues in the college, Our motto, "celebrating the independent spirit" is inspired by Muir's life, travels, and political activism to change the fabric of the nation.

Commencement Memories

The John Muir College Commencement is available to view online!

Summer Advising News

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