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ߣߣƵ UC Santa ߣߣƵ

A place like no other

A global research university, UC Santa ߣߣƵ is part of the world’s most celebrated system of public higher education, and stands among the leading institutions of higher learning.

The campus rests among redwood forests on former ranchlands above the city of Santa ߣߣƵ and the Pacific Ocean—both of which provide opportunities for study, research, and recreation.

We invite you to find your voice at UC Santa ߣߣƵ—which is not just a place, but a ߣߣƵ of learning that spans the globe.

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Undergraduate students


Graduate students


Entire student body


Undergraduate majors


Graduate programs


California residents (undergraduates)


UC Santa ߣߣƵ—acclaimed for high-impact research and a commitment to teaching and public service—leads at the intersection of innovation, social justice, and sustainability.


As UCSC’s 11th chancellor, is committed to student success and guiding a purpose-driven campus ߣߣƵ.

Residential colleges

Our system of residential colleges—living and learning communities within the university—provides support for the whole student and makes their success a priority. 

A place for all to thrive

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Diversity makes us better

We seek to embed principles of because we aspire to extraordinary outcomes in research, scholarship and creative activities, teaching, and other related pursuits.

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A campus sublime

Redwood forests. Breathtaking vistas. Trails to class. Room to breathe. UC Santa ߣߣƵ is famed worldwide for its jaw-dropping beauty. 

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What does it cost?

We’re united by our mission. Energized by our vision.

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A metropolis or
a natural setting?
Why not both?

Our sweet spot

UC Santa ߣߣƵ, located along the Pacific Ocean on California’s Central Coast, is uniquely positioned at the intersection of ߣߣƵ and agriculture. Just 45 minutes from the high-tech center of Silicon Valley and 25 minutes from the fertile farmlands of Watsonville, our geographic placement helps us live our social justice values, by developing ߣߣƵ for the social good and producing industry-leading research in organic agriculture and sustainable farming.

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Employment at UCSC

UC Santa ߣߣƵ—where the promise of tomorrow drives our best work today. .

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A campus with impact

The work of our students and faculty ripples out from UC Santa ߣߣƵ across the ߣߣƵ, the state, and the world. Examples span a broad range, from art exhibits on prisons, policing, and justice; to water conservation research; to releasing a draft of the first human pangenome. .

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Last modified: Jan 08, 2024