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Located on 11 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Eleanor Roosevelt College is one of six colleges at the University of California San Diego campus. The college is named after the former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
Covering more than 85 acres, the college is organized around a series of large outdoor spaces, terraces, and promenades. Primary planning concerns included shielding the campus from traffic, connecting the college to the pedestrian walkways throughout the university, and overcoming the division caused by a primary bus route cutting the campus in half. A pedestrian bridge over the bus route and a series of walkways extending downhill through the site weave the two sides of the campus together. To preserve the site’s panoramic ocean views, buildings do not exceed four stories and step down the sloping site, and the parking garage is sunken.