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Overview

Known for impactful research, teaching, and public service, UC Santa Cruz leads at the intersection of innovation, social justice, and sustainability.


More than 19,000 students are enrolled at UC Santa Cruz in undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs.

35%

first-generation undergrads

58%

people of color

73

undergraduate majors and 43 minors

66

graduate programs

92%

California residents

73%

Participated in a research activity, creative project, internship, or service learning

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A natural classroom…

Located in and around a redwood forest overlooking the Monterey Bay, UC Santa Cruz is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world. The campus includes three sites in Santa Cruz:

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2,000-acre residential campus

UC Santa Cruz also manages four natural reserves, which provide locations for learning and experimentation.

UC Santa Cruz has been at the forefront of:

Sequencing the human genome • Creating the organic farming movement • Unlocking the mysteries of our galaxy • Challenging systems of oppression to create a more just and equitable society

We are known worldwide for excellence and innovation in many fields, including: 

  • agroecology
  • astronomy and astrophysics
  • cyberphysical systems
  • data storage and open-source software
  • ecology, climate change, and sustainability
  • feminist studies
  • games and playable media
  • genomics, infectious disease, and RNA biology
  • linguistics
  • marine science and policy

History

UC Santa Cruz began in 1965 as an unconventional place that was unlike other educational institutions, a place where innovation—no matter how messy—was part of the campus’s DNA. In the words of then-UC President Clark Kerr, it was “the most significant educational experiment in the history of the University of California.”

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A presence in Silicon Valley

Our Silicon Valley Campus extends the reach of UC Santa Cruz. It is a research and teaching hub for Baskin Engineering faculty, students, and researchers, home to 澳门赌场官网 Silicon Valley Extension, and hosts three professional master’s programs. 


Athletics

All of our intercollegiate teams compete at the NCAA Division III level. In DIII, students do not receive athletic scholarships; they play for the love of the sport and the camaraderie of being on a team. We also offer competitive and recreational club teams.

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Alumni

The quarterly UC Santa Cruz Magazine regularly showcases their achievements and impact.

Last modified: Oct 09, 2023