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Provost’s Welcome


Welcome! It is such a pleasure to have you here at Sixth and to invite each of you to join our community. As the provost of this dynamic college, it is my honor to work with each of you, and with our staff and faculty, to create an environment where we can BE our motto “Innovative, Interconnected, Aware”.  Sixth College is one of the youngest colleges at UC San Diego, with its first students entering in 2001. In the mere nineteen years of its existence, it has established a reputation for being inclusive, creative, and energizing!

This year is a very special year for you and for Sixth College because we will be moving to our brand-new permanent home. The North Torrey Pines Living Learning Neighborhood will be home to our Residence Life, our administrative hub, a Craft Center, state of the art dining facilities, fantastic retail options, and a fabulous central green. With our Academic partners in close proximity and situated in the heart of the University, you can live, learn, play, eat, work, create, relax, in the company of friends.

At Sixth, our mission is to prepare our students to become dynamic citizens of the 21st century and to be confident in generating cutting edge, boundary breaking ideas and innovative technology. We emphasize and facilitate an immersive experiential learning approach and hope each of you will take the fullest advantage of the opportunities we constantly strive to place before you.

CAT, our Academic Program with courses in the intersection of culture, art, and technology, allows you to customize your experience as you work towards our common mission and your personal goals. The breadth and distribution of our General Education requirements provide a solid foundation for all majors while the Practicum program facilitates the translation and application of classroom concepts to learning through experience in academic research, service or community-based learning. In conjunction with the writing component of CAT, they forge the tools for critical analysis and thoughtful synthesis/informed opinions on the myriad questions facing our society.

Our staff and faculty are dedicated to your success and look forward to your achievements here and beyond.


Lakshmi Chilukuri
Provost, Sixth College


Catalyst Building (map),

Mailing address:
Sixth College
UC San Diego
9685 Scholars Drive North
Mail Code 0054
La Jolla, CA 92093-0054