Where residential colleges encircle lecture halls and libraries, recital halls and theaters, studios and labs, overlooking the Monterey Bay.
UC Santa Cruz is located in Central California on 2,000 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 before beginning your own explorations.
McHenry Library, 10 unique colleges, Science Hill, the East Field, Quarry Plaza, the Farm and Garden, a 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.
If you can't make it to campus, take a virtual tour and explore the setting and many attractions of the UC Santa Cruz campus.
- February 24, 2015 Top scientists, policymakers to speak at UCSC climate conference March 13-14
- February 17, 2015 UC Santa Cruz Arboretum holds annual Hummingbird Days March 7-8
- February 13, 2015 Conference at UC Santa Cruz to explore modern Jewish spaces and identity
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.