More Than Just a Pretty Place

Celebrated for its extraordinary beauty, our oceanside campus is a center of learning, research, and the free exchange of ideas. We are near Monterey Bay, Silicon Valley, and the San Francisco Bay Area -- an ideal location for internships and future employment.

Admitted Student Tours, April 3-14!

Admitted students and families, welcome to our beautiful campus between the sea and the trees! Register here for a tour led by one of our Student Life & University Guides (S.L.U.G.s) from April 3 to 14. The tour will take approximately 90 minutes and includes stairs, and some uphill and downhill walking. Appropriate walking shoes for our hills and forest floors and dressing in layers are highly recommended in our variable coastal climate. We can’t wait to meet you!

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Maps to Guide You

Interactive maps showing classrooms, residential colleges, dining, parking, and more.

The Santa Cruz Area

A popular seaside tourist destination, Santa Cruz is known for its warm Mediterranean climate, its scenic beaches and redwood forests, and its lively cultural scene. We are also within a short drive to Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Join our Community

We have an exciting array of opportunities for you! Get involved in one of our 150+ student organizations, our Resource Centers, or the residential colleges!


Health & Safety

Your safety and well being are our highest priority. From the Community Safety Officers in the residence halls, to our Student Health Center and our Counseling & Psychological Services Office -- we work together to help you thrive physically and emotionally as you study here.

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