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UC San Diego students have all the right ingredients for success – talent, aptitude, and a proven commitment to learning. Yet they can experience frustration and feelings of insecurity as they struggle with a new topic, or encounter expectations to write or calculate at a level higher than their previous preparation. The Teaching + Learning Commons (the Commons) recognizes that all UC San Diego students are capable of high academic achievement. It is our task as a university to meet them where they’re at – and together, remove obstacles to their learning. We also recognize the power of ambition and want to be sure our Tritons can readily access the comprehensive range of learning experiences available to them on campus and off. Meeting students where they’re at means, for example, engaging peer mentors for one-on-one partnership and small group discussions. We emphasize experiential learning for personal and academic growth, so the Commons takes an active role building the co-curricular transcript, which certifies experiential learning. And to really get at the root of learning, the Commons engages academic instructors to improve their versatility as educators and familiarity with a range of methods.

Join us with a gift to support the Teaching + Learning Commons and its new home in Triton Center (construction to be complete in 2025). Together with contributions from like-minded alumni, students, parents and friends, we’ll leverage and empower our audacious campus community to transform our dedicated students, faculty and in part our world. Gifts of all sizes immediately impact programming for the Commons. Additionally, significant donations to construction of the Commons’ new home for learning in Triton Center may be recognized with a naming of space within the facility. To learn more about how you can support the Commons today, please contact Director of Development, Jennifer Brown, at

How your support is making a difference:

  • 100,000 + Student visits in the 2021-22 academic year, more than double the count from two years ago.
  • 10,000+ Students used the Commons last year, roughly one-third of the undergraduate student body.
  • Time to graduation Increase of four-year degree attainment increased 57% to 72%.