VISIT | From 10 residential colleges, to a recital hall perched on a hill, our campus is as diverse as its students and faculty.
UC Santa Cruz is located in Central California on 2,001 acres overlooking the Monterey Bay. It is easily reached by major highways, with airports nearby.
Once on campus, you'll want to take a tour to experience all that UC Santa Cruz has to offer and get your bearings before beginning your own explorations.
McHenry Library, 10 unique colleges, Science Hill, the East Field, Quarry Plaza and Quarry Theater, Farm and Garden, Theater Arts center, and that's just a start.
The campus is best experienced on foot. Shuttles provide convenient transportation across campus and between the colleges and academic centers.
Until you get to campus, you can take a virtual tour and explore the many attractions of the UC Santa Cruz campus from the comfort of your easy chair.
- December 2, 2013 Student robotics competition on December 5 features 'Ender's Game' theme
- November 26, 2013 Visionary director Peter Sellars to deliver 2013 Maitra Lecture
- November 18, 2013 UCSC's Museum of Natural History holds open house November 22 and 23
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 residential learning colleges provide students with academic support, activities, and events that enhance the intellectual and social life of the campus.