UCSD has been named to the 2009 President's Community Service Honor Roll with distinction for the contributions its students make to local, national and global communities on issues ranging from poverty to homelessness and environmental justice. This is the first year the university is on the Distinction List.
UCSD was recognized for two learning programs, Teams in Engineering Service (TIES) and Thurgood Marshall College's community service minor, and one outstanding community service program, Alternative Break.
The honor roll includes 115 colleges named to the distinction list and 621 schools listed as honor roll members. Honorees are chosen based on a series of factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service learning courses.
UCSD has more than 500 student organizations, a total of 13,892 students engaged in a form of community service, and in 2009, the university's students completed 1,177,848 hours of community service.