Progressive, bold, fearless education that benefits both the individual and the planet.

The redwood sign at the main entrance to campus

Facts & Figures

UCSC opened in 1965 with 650 students. Today, the campus is home to 16,231 undergraduate and 1,637 graduate students.

3 UCSC graduates wearing cap and gown


Achievements by UC Santa Cruz faculty and students have earned national and international recognition for the quality of research and teaching.

A member of the UCSC tennis team

University News

The latest news, achievements, milestones, and activities featuring UC Santa Cruz students, staff, and faculty can be found here, updated daily.

Chancellor George Blumenthal


George Blumenthal is UCSC's 10th chancellor, appointed in July 2006. He joined the campus in 1972 as a professor of astronomy and astrophysics.

Sammy the Slug, the UCSC mascot

Banana Slug

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.

About UCSC

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.

Academic Divisions

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The Colleges

UCSC residential learning colleges provide students with academic support, activities, and events that enhance the intellectual and social life of the campus.

Support UCSC

Learn more about the need for private gifts and the Campaign for UCSC — and please consider making a gift today.