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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.


Targeting this population of platelets could help better treat blood clotting-related diseases

Study reveals ‘troublemaker’ platelet cells

Professor of Biomolecular Engineering Camilla Forsberg and her research group have discovered platelets that appear with aging and have hyperreactive behavior and unique molecular properties. Targeting this population of platelets could help better treat blood clotting–related diseases.

Crown Global Classroom students (all Crown frosh with an expected graduation year of 2027) from left to right standing: Andrea Gonzalez (proposed business management economics), Reed Allen (proposed computer science game design), Gerry Marmolejo (proposed chemistry), Emmanuel Gomez (proposed business management economics), Analilia Estrada (proposed psychology), Katelyn Lugo (proposed neuroscience), Anahi Sanchez (proposed biology B.S.), and Crystal Hicks Marin (proposed critical race and ethnic studies and film and digital media). Left to right kneeling: Melodi Hernandez (proposed chemistry), Alexis Valdes (proposed computer science B.A.), Briana Montiel (proposed MCD biology), Jimena Jimenez (proposed biology B.S.), and Joyce Garcia (proposed marine biology).

Worldwide webs

UCSC’s Global Classrooms initiative connects students and faculty with the world, allowing them to engage in virtual exchange collaborations with partnering institutions in countries including Kenya, Brazil, Cameroon, Spain, Chile, France, Mexico, and Colombia—all without leaving their home classrooms.

Catherine "Cat" Ramírez

Grants support work exploring the breadth of the human experience

The Mellon Foundation awarded three UC Santa Cruz departments prestigious grants of $100,000 each for work that champions groundbreaking research in the realms of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality.

Voices of the Century: Ashley Marshall, storytelling to create change

Ashley Marshall (Stevenson ’24, feminist studies) showcases how feminist analysis in literature can make tangible change.

To lead means …

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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

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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.

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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.

Last modified: May 15, 2024