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What Does it Mean to Be a Triton?

Campus to host as many as 20,000 attendees for Triton Day on April 6

Photos by Alan Decker

UC San Diego will open its doors to admitted students, the campus community and aspiring college students from middle and high school for the second annual Triton Day on Saturday, April 6th. The campus is expected to have 20,000 attendees for the day, which will feature an array of activities ranging from campus tours to college workshops, student festivals and live entertainment, all celebrating what it means to be a Triton.

Triton Day is designed to offer admitted students and their families an enhanced opportunity to discover UC San Diego, including its undergraduate colleges, academic departments, student services and organizations, endless resources and all that encompasses our campus. For students, staff and faculty, the event also offers an opportunity to rediscover the excitement of UC San Diego.

Newly admitted students and their families are anticipating Triton Day and so is UC San Diego’s Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla—this will be his first Triton Day.

“Triton Day is a wonderful opportunity for our UC San Diego community to showcase our diverse campus, stellar academic programs and myriad engagement opportunities available to students,” said Khosla. “I look forward to seeing our students, staff and faculty showcase their work and enthusiasm for UC San Diego. Their passion and vibrancy drew me to this campus, and I hope newly admitted students will choose UC San Diego as I did.”

In addition, a free college planning and information session, “Charting the Course,” will be offered to the public. San Diego middle school, high school and community college students and their families are encouraged to attend the event and learn more about the path to higher education, including planning and paying for college.

“We’re thrilled to host our newly admitted students for Triton Day and to welcome students around San Diego County who we hope have the opportunity to join the Triton family in their future,” added Mae Brown, assistant vice chancellor of admissions and enrollment services at UC San Diego.  “We want to show students from our community that higher education is within their reach—‘Charting the Course,’ among other programs, is part of Triton Day for that reason.”

From new admits, to current students and staff members, the dynamic Triton Day events offer something for everyone. Activities planned in and around the heart of campus are scheduled to take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (activities for admitted students begin earlier) and include the following:

  • Entertainment on Price Center Plaza Stage, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Attendees are invited to come to the heart of campus to get a feel for the student experience at UC San Diego. Live entertainment will be provided by various student groups on campus. Price Center Plaza.
  • Charting the Course: College Planning and Information Session, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – For anyone interested in learning how to get into college, this information session will cover application timelines, college requirements and tests and how to apply for financial aid. Conrad Prebys Concert Hall. Seating is limited, RSVP required. Please call (858) 534-6862 or email to reserve your seat.
  • Thurgood Marshall College’s 35th Annual Cultural Celebration, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Join Thurgood Marshall College and the UC San Diego community in celebrating the various foods and cultures of a diverse and vibrant campus. The festival will feature music, dance, games and a children’s village with face painting, cotton candy, a henna workshop, scavenger hunt and world-art trivia. Thurgood Marshall College campus, near the college provost office.
  • Academic, Student Support and Student Organization Fairs, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Faculty, students and staff will demonstrate some of the world-changing research and educational opportunities at UC San Diego at the Academic Fair. Neighboring the Academic Fair in Town Square is the Student Support Services Fair which will feature information on UC San Diego’s extensive resources available to students. In addition, representatives from over one hundred of the campus’s various student organizations will be on Library Walk for some fun in the sun at the Student Org “beach party.” Town Square and Library Walk.
  • Student Life BBQ, 2:30 to 4 p.m. – For current and prospective UC San Diego students, there is no better way to end the day than by hanging out with friends and possibly making new ones. All students are encouraged to attend this social mixer to meet current students of all years, experiences and affiliations in a fun and carefree environment. The BBQ will have an inflatable obstacle course, music and food, of course.  Sungod Lawn.

Volunteers are still needed to help with Triton Day. Visit for more volunteer information.

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