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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.
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.
- February 5, 2016 Acclaimed Nigerian filmmaker to screen and discuss film about President Obama’s sister
- January 25, 2016 LASER talk to spotlight research on pumas, filmmaking, river people, and ancient DNA
- January 20, 2016 Institute of Arts and Sciences to launch campuswide 'Collective Museum' Feb. 11
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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