bike path and view of the bay


for making an impact on the world

by Princeton Review


for racial and gender diversity in leadership

by Women’s Power Gap Initiative

Leading at the intersection of innovation and social justice.

A global research university with an uncommon emphasis on undergraduate research and education, UC Santa Cruz is part of the world’s most celebrated system of public higher education, and stands among the most renowned institutions of higher learning.


Coral reefs along U.S. states and territories are now considered national infrastructure thanks to a new resolution that UCSC researchers helped to draft. (Getty stock photo)

Coral reefs identified as national natural infrastructure

UC Santa Cruz and federal agency partners drafted a policy resolution that advances funding for reef protections for people.

Helping patients assess genetic breast cancer risk

A project to expedite the analysis of variants on the BRCA 1 and 2 genes, the most commonly affected genes in breast cancer cases, will help more people to better understand their cancer risk.

Slugworks welcomes students across campus to new creative space

Slugworks, a new creatorspace on campus located in the Jack Baskin Engineering building, is open to the campus community.

Our Voices: Sylvanna Falcón, former director of the Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas (2018–2023)

Research about migration, social movements, and culture across the Americas deepens our understanding of the region and our commitment to our social justice values.

To lead means …

student working on a model in the makers space.

Creating real change

Students at UC Santa Cruz learn from incredible faculty, develop new skills through hands-on research opportunities, and have a track record of making an impact. What kind of a pathbreaker, innovator, or changemaker will you become?

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Serving our society

World-class researchers at UC Santa Cruz unlock mysteries and help to transform our world, addressing some of our most pressing needs—from decoding cancer to protecting our natural environment to creating art that challenges assumptions. What will you contribute?

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Shaping our future

Become a Banana Slug, and lead the change.

Get ready for your future

UC Santa Cruz graduates are sought after for their knowledge, skills, and passion. Whether you plan to start working right away, or pursue graduate school or professional school, your UC Santa Cruz degree will help you on your way.

Explore our majors and start your future.

See for yourself

One of the most extraordinary campuses in the world, UC Santa Cruz pairs high-impact research with 10 residential colleges—offering students the experience of a small liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. 

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Here to help

A UC degree is worth it—and we can help you pay for it. Our financial aid program is one of the best out there. It supports students in all kinds of ways, whatever their background—with grants, scholarships, low-interest loans, and more.

Get the details on different kinds of financial aid.

Your journey awaits.

When you become a Banana Slug, you join a community of artists, innovators, creators,
and justice seekers united in using their voices to change the world.