According to the UCSD website, each of the six undergraduate colleges within the University of California at San Diego are held in equal regard and differ only in educational philosophy. The colleges are not exclusive to specific academic programs; each contains students from all fields of study offered at the university.
The six communities within the university are the Earl Warren, Eleanor Roosevelt, John Muir, Revelle, Sixth and Thurgood Marshall Colleges. Each offers a different blend of general education courses in science, social science, math, the arts and the humanities to cater to the interests, talents and goals of different students.
According to UCSD, each college is designed to help students place the specialized knowledge of their major in a broader perspective, stimulate their curiosity and introduce them to new areas of knowledge by challenging them to read, think and write critically. Each college has its own neighborhood within the UCSD campus.
Students applying to UCSD are asked to rank the colleges in the order of their preference, and students are almost always placed into their first, second or third choice by admissions staff. Most incoming freshman students spend their first two years residing in the community of their respective college.