Why UCSC?

Inside the generous, naturally-lit spaces of the renovated McHenry Library. Photo by Elena Zhukova.

This is UC Santa Cruz...

UCSC is a world-class research and teaching university featuring interdisciplinary learning and a distinctive residential college system. From building more efficient solar cells to researching personalized care for cancer patients, UC Santa Cruz's focus is on improving our planet and the lives of all its inhabitants. Within our extraordinary educational community, students, faculty, and staff create new knowledge, new technologies, and new ways of expressing and understanding cultures.

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Cutting-Edge Research

Distinguished Faculty

Honors and Enrichment Programs

Over 100 Student-Led Clubs and Organizations

The Santa Cruz Area

UC Santa Cruz's Ten Residential Colleges

Student Profiles

Principles of Community

Reputation and Rankings