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University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California, United States
UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the intimacy of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university.

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UCSC opened in 1965 with 650 students. Today, the campus is home to 16,231 undergraduate and 1,637 graduate students.


Undergraduates pursue course work in 65 majors in the arts, engineering, humanities, physical and biological sciences, and social sciences. Graduate students work toward master's degrees, doctoral degrees, and graduate certificates in 41 academic programs.


The University of California, Santa Cruz, has earned national distinction as a university with high-impact research and an uncommon commitment to teaching and public service.

UCSC research is thriving, as illustrated by the statistical impact of that work, the support it receives, and the difference it is making to society.

The campus's research activities range from small groups within academic departments to large units with connections outside UCSC.

Research opportunities are plentiful for UCSC students, enabling graduate students as well as undergraduates to work closely with faculty.


Career Advisers can help you with:

  • Exploring career options and developing your career goals
  • Finding internship and employment opportunities
  • Applying to graduate and professional school programs
  • Job search strategies including: resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills, and how to conduct a successful job search.

University Ranking

Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.


Student services

Our mission in Student Services is simple—to support students and create a living-learning community where they thrive, belong, and are engaged world citizens. Students are the heart of the University and an integral part of our campus. Students, take advantage of the many services available across the campus to help you succeed academically, find a home and get involved with student life, have fun and forge lasting friendships, and grow as leaders and future professionals.

Housing services

  • The Transfer Community, allows transfer students to benefit from an academically and socially supportive environment.
  • The Village, is a unique community for continuing students.
  • Redwood Grove, is a community where undergraduate students from all colleges can live together.
  • The University Town Center (UTC), houses students amidst all that downtown has to offer. Continuing, transfer, and re-entry students are eligible to live here.
  • Graduate Student Housing is an intimate community housing just 82 students.
  • Family Student Housing: Offers a unique living experience for students and their families
  • Camper Park is a unique facility which offers options rarely available in student housing.

ICT services

The Advisory Committee for Information Technology (ACIT) provides a forum for reviewing, evaluating, and recommending strategies, plans, and policies for campus information technology in order to support and advance campus priorities.

Medical services

The UCSC Student Health Services mission is to provide high quality services which promote physical and emotional well being focused on the diverse needs of students.

Student Life

Campus life

The University of California, Santa Cruz, has earned international distinction as a university with high-impact research and an uncommon commitment to teaching and public service.

A campus with world-class facilities and one of the most visually spectacular settings in higher education, UC Santa Cruz provides unparalleled opportunities for students to learn through hands-on experience. A commitment to environmental stewardship and community engagement are also central to UCSC's core values.

Sports facilities

Our goal is to enrich the total educational experience by promoting physical activity, encouraging health and wellness, building community, and cultivating leadership. Through our diverse offerings in classes, workshops, outdoor adventure trips, intramural sports leagues, tournaments, clubs, drop-in activities, and recreational facilities, we strive to provide opportunities for UCSC students, staff and faculty, retirees, alumni, and local community members to participate.

Student clubs

Student Organization Advising and Resources (SOAR) is dedicated to the success of UCSC's campus-wide student organizations and government.

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