Impact and Recognition

Engineering undergraduates display their senior capstone design project, "Green Wharf Renewable Energy Project."

UC Santa Cruz people have made significant contributions to the body of research that has made the University of California the foremost public university system in the world. In an analysis of the world's top universities published by Times Higher Education in 2017, the Santa Cruz campus ranked third in research influence as measured by the average number of times its faculty's published work is cited by scholars around the world.

The quality and quantity of research activities at UC Santa Cruz has received steadily increasing public and private support. In the past five years alone, the campus has received $680 million in research grants and contracts. In 2015-16, the campus received private gifts valued at more than $75 million in—much of it in support of campus research activities.

Why is research at UC Santa Cruz so highly regarded? Because UCSC researchers work across disciplines to address the most pressing scientific, social, and political issues of the day. In pursuit of that knowledge, they are blazing a trail of bold, progressive, and fearless inquiry.

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