A Maturing University

Photo by Carolyn Lagattuta.

UC Santa Cruz has matured dramatically from the small, idealistic campus that you may have heard about. While keeping its forward-thinking approach, the campus is now a premier research institution where undergraduates have the chance to learn from some of the best minds in the country. Following are examples of changes that UC Santa Cruz has instituted:

The Jack Baskin School of Engineering, UC Santa Cruz's first professional school

The Jack Baskin School of Engineering was established in 1997 and is now a leader in the interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research that is most relevant today, such as cancer genomics. Current projects at the Baskin School of Engineering focus on subjects such as bioengineering, nanotechnology, and computer game design. The School of Engineering website.

Grading System

Beginning with students entering in fall 2001, all undergraduates receive grades. More about the grading system.

Campus Sustainability

UCSC has emerged as a leader in campus sustainability, with award-winning dining hall and transportation programs, and LEED "gold"-rated buildings.


UC Santa Cruz's popularity has forced the campus to become more selective in its freshman admissions policies over the years. More about selection. Also, please see our UC Santa Cruz Facts page for current admissions data.