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UCSC opened in 1965 with 650 students. Fifty years later, the campus is home to 15,645 undergraduate and 1,555 graduate students.
Achievements by UC Santa Cruz faculty and students have earned national and international recognition for the quality of research and teaching.
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George Blumenthal is UCSC's 10th chancellor, appointed in July 2006. He joined the campus in 1972 as a professor of astronomy and astrophysics.
In a world of beavers, bears, and bobcats, UCSC is home to the mighty Banana Slug — which students voted in 1986 to adopt as the official campus mascot.
- October 6, 2015 Fall 2015 Living Writers Series kicks off October 8
- October 6, 2015 UC launches Cool Campus Challenge in push toward carbon neutrality
- October 5, 2015 Campus wins best practice award for drought planning and water savings
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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