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As UC San Diego’s second college, John Muir College admitted its first students in 1967. The college’s motto, “Celebrating the Independent Spirit,” expresses our wish for all our students to lead varied, successful, committed, and self-directed lives.

In this spirit, Muir College’s general education requirements have great flexibility, offering students from every major freedom to choose courses that meet individual goals and interests within a framework that insures breadth and depth of knowledge across three major disciplinary areas. These requirements combine individual choice and responsibility. Our college encourages experiential learning programs such as education abroad and UC-DC.

John Muir College is a special place that is known for its welcoming, supportive community.  Muir students are recognized and respected for their individuality, fostering their Independent Spirit.