University of California, Santa Cruz

San Diego, CA

University of California, Santa Cruz


UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the intimacy of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university.


Reputation for Excellence: Named to the 2017 US News & World report top 50 Best Global Universities, UC Santa Cruz has earned national and international recognition both for the impact of its research and for its long-established commitment to quality undergraduate instruction.

A campus with world-class facilities and one of the most visually spectacular settings in higher education, UC Santa Cruz provides unparalleled opportunities for students to learn through hands-on experience. A commitment to environmental stewardship and community engagement are also central to UCSC's core values.

Faculty include two of the University of California s honored University Professors, 22 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 10 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 34 members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Facts and Figures

UC Santa Cruz opened in 1965 with 650 students. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 16,983 undergraduate and 1,822 graduate students were enrolled.

Enrollment, 2018-2019

(3-quarter average)

Undergraduates: 16,983
Graduate Students: 1,822
Total: 18,805