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University of California, Santa Cruz


Since its founding in 1965, 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.


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


At UCSC, formal research activities or research groups include the following:

  • Arboretum
  • Archaeological Research Center (ARC)
  • Arts Research Institute
  • Baskin School of Engineering Research Labs
  • Blum Center
  • Center for Adaptive Optics (CfAO)
  • Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS)
  • Center for Analytical Finance
  • Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California (CCREC)
  • Center for Cultural Studies
  • Center for Educational Research in the Interest of Underserved Students (CERIUS)
  • Center for Emerging Worlds
  • Center for Force Majeure Studies
  • Center for Games and Playable Media (CGPM)
  • Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS)


UCSC people, including about 93,000 alumni, are leaders in virtually every field; and the campus is highly regarded for the positive impact it has on society.

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University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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
201 -9
192 9
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
332 43
375 -28
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
105 -2
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.

Student services

SOMeCA stands for Student Organization Advising & Resources (SOAR), Student Media and Cultural Arts & Diversity, and we are dedicated to the success of UC Santa Cruz's campus-wide student organizations and government

Housing services

  • The residence halls (often referred to as dorms or dormitories), include both shared and private rooms; they typically house 15 to 50 students per floor and have common bathrooms.
  • Nine of the colleges have both residence halls and apartments, while Kresge College is all apartments.
  • Rooms are furnished and have window coverings. Each resident is provided an extra-long twin bed (39"x80"), a desk, a chair, and storage space such as wardrobe or closet. You will need to bring your own bedding (sheets, pillowcase, etc.), lamp, clock, and other personal items essential to your daily life.

Library services

The UCSC University Library has two buildings:

McHenry Library
  • Special Collections and Archives
  • The Grateful Dead Archive
  • Media Collection
  • Digital Scholarship Commons
  • University Library Administration
  • Yoga & Meditation Space 
Science & Engineering Library
  • East Asian Collection
  • Video Gaming Lab

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.

Campus life

A campus with world-class facilities and one of the most visually spectacular settings in higher education, UC Santa Cruz offers rigorous academic programs and cutting-edge research opportunities that guide students in how to think, not what to think. A commitment to environmental stewardship and community engagement are central to the core values of UC Santa Cruz.

Sports facilities

East Field House

  • 6,500 square foot of workout space
  • Olympic Weight Lifting Platforms
  • Over 50 pieces of Cardio Equipment
  • Weight Racks
  • 2 TRX Training Zones

West Field House

  • Square Foot: 7625
  • Bleacher Seating capacity is 350 people.
  • Court Deminsions: Basketball 94' x 50', Volleyball 59' x 29' 6" and Badminton 44' x 20'
  • Includes: Hardwood Floor, 6 Adjustable Basketball Hoops, Court Lining: Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, Bleachers, Upper Balcony and Scoreboard.
  • Activities: Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, Dance, Fencing and Futsal

Student clubs

  • Delta Omega Chi (ΔΩΧ)
  • Psi Chi Omega (ΨΧΩ)
  • Ski and Snowboard Club
  • Theta Chi (ϴΧ)

UC Santa Cruz has been fully accredited since 1965 by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).  Being accredited means the campus has met rigorous standards for quality, capacity and effectiveness.  Accreditation confers a variety of benefits, including access to federal financial aid resources.

Santa Cruz, California, United States

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