Known for impactful research, teaching, and public service, UC Santa Cruz leads at the intersection of innovation, social justice, and sustainability.
More than 19,000 students are enrolled at UC Santa Cruz in undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs.
people of color
undergraduate majors and 43 minors
Participated in a research activity, creative project, internship, or service learning
A natural classroom…
Located in and around a redwood forest overlooking the Monterey Bay, UC Santa Cruz is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world. The campus includes three sites in Santa Cruz:
UC Santa Cruz also manages four natural reserves, which provide locations for learning and experimentation.
UC Santa Cruz has been at the forefront of:
Sequencing the human genome • Creating the organic farming movement • Unlocking the mysteries of our galaxy • Challenging systems of oppression to create a more just and equitable society
We are known worldwide for excellence and innovation in many fields, including:
- astronomy and astrophysics
- cyberphysical systems
- data storage and open-source software
- ecology, climate change, and sustainability
- feminist studies
- games and playable media
- genomics, infectious disease, and RNA biology
- marine science and policy
UC Santa Cruz began in 1965 as an unconventional place that was unlike other educational institutions, a place where innovation—no matter how messy—was part of the campus’s DNA. In the words of then-UC President Clark Kerr, it was “the most significant educational experiment in the history of the University of California.”
A presence in Silicon Valley
Our Silicon Valley Campus extends the reach of UC Santa Cruz. It is a research and teaching hub for Baskin Engineering faculty, students, and researchers, home to UCSC Silicon Valley Extension, and hosts three professional master’s programs.