Message from the Director of Admissions

Michael McCawley. Photo by Jim MacKenzie.
Michael McCawley. Photo by Jim MacKenzie.

On behalf of the faculty, students, alumni, and staff at the University of California, Santa Cruz, I welcome you to our campus. UC Santa Cruz is recognized around the world for its research impact; in fact, our campus was rated 2nd in the world for research influence in 2015 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It is an honor to oversee the selection of students offered admission to UCSC, and I hope you consider all that we have to offer our undergraduate students.

UC Santa Cruz combines the extraordinary resources of a top-tier public research university with the personal attention afforded by our distinctive residential college system. At our campus you will be able to:

  • Become empowered through learning both in the classroom and through undergraduate research, study abroad, and numerous other curricular and co-curricular opportunities.

  • Participate in the creation of new knowledge with student-engaged faculty working at the top of their fields.

  • Receive excellent preparation for graduate or professional school, or for your chosen career directly after graduation.

  • Study, live, and work in a setting that is remarkable not only for its natural beauty, but also for its accessibility to centers of innovative research in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Silicon Valley.

After you explore this web site, I welcome you to sign up for a tour or view our Virtual Tour online, so that you may see for yourself why UC Santa Cruz is one of the most exciting, dynamic universities in the world, creating a community of global trailblazers. 


Michael McCawley

Director of Admissions

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