Since its founding in 1965, the University of California, Santa Cruz, has earned international distinction as a university with high-impact research and an uncommon commitment to teaching and public service.
The campus was welcomed into the Association of American Universities in 2019 while also being ranked No. 2 for social mobility, honors that together underscore the impact and quality of the campus’s research and graduate and undergraduate education.
A campus with world-class facilities and one of the most visually spectacular settings in higher education, UC Santa Cruz offers rigorous academic programs and cutting-edge research opportunities that teach students how to think, not what to think.
A commitment to environmental stewardship and community engagement are central to UCSC’s core values.
From 652 students in 1965, the campus has grown to its current enrollment of more than 18,000 students. Undergraduates pursue bachelor’s degrees in 59 different majors supervised by divisional deans of arts, engineering, humanities, physical & biological sciences, and social sciences. Graduate students work toward graduate certificates, master’s degrees, or doctoral degrees in more than 40 academic programs under the supervision of the divisional and graduate deans.