Research Impact, Environmental Stewardship, Equity and Inclusion

UCSC is a world-class research and teaching university highlighting 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. Our students are the dreamers, inventors, thinkers and builders that make it all possible.


Cutting-Edge Research

Genomics, astronomy, environmental and social justice law, ocean sciences, technology, biosciences, the arts, humanities, and cancer research are just a few of the areas in which we shine.

Scene from a lab on campus, student researchers.

Distinguished Faculty

At UC Santa Cruz, undergraduates have the opportunity to engage in in-depth learning while pursuing research and scholarship with leading figures in their fields. Here are just a few of our extraordinary faculty.

Honors and Enrichment Opportunities

As a top-tier research university, UC Santa Cruz offers a rich array of resources for student research, internships, honors, and academic awards, including the well regarded College Scholars Program.

Honors and enrichment

Student-led Organizations

UCSC’s Residential Colleges

Find community and engage! Whether you live on campus or not, you will be affiliated with one of our 10 residential colleges, providing many opportunities for activities, advising, and leadership. The colleges are not associated with your major. So for example, you can major in computer engineering but be affiliated with Porter College, where the theme is arts-centered. Access the links below to find out more.

Principles of Community

The University of California, Santa Cruz is committed to promoting and protecting an environment that values and supports every person in an atmosphere of civility, honesty, cooperation, professionalism and fairness. We strive to be: diverse, open, purposeful, caring, just, disciplined, and celebrative. These are our Principles of Community.

The Santa Cruz Area

Located between the Pacific Ocean and the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Cruz is famous for its Mediterranean climate, miles of scenic beaches, and innovation in high technology and agriculture. The city of Santa Cruz is a small city with plenty of fun shopping, restaurants, coffee shops, and arts and cultural events. Explore the vibrant, beautiful Santa Cruz area!