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Known for impactful research, teaching, and public service, UC Santa ߣߣƵ leads at the intersection of innovation, social justice, and sustainability.

More than 19,000 students are enrolled at UC Santa ߣߣƵ in undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs.


first-generation undergrads


people of color


undergraduate majors and 43 minors


graduate programs


California residents


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A natural classroom…

Located in and around a redwood forest overlooking the Monterey Bay, UC Santa ߣߣƵ is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world. The campus includes three sites in Santa ߣߣƵ:

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2,000-acre residential campus

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Coastal campus building on the cliffs overlooking the ocean.

UC Santa ߣߣƵ also manages four , which provide locations for learning and experimentation.

UC Santa ߣߣƵ has been at the forefront of:

Sequencing the human genome • Creating the organic farming movement • Unlocking the mysteries of our galaxy • Challenging systems of oppression to create a more just and equitable society

We are known worldwide for excellence and innovation in many fields, including: 

  • agroecology
  • astronomy and astrophysics
  • cyberphysical systems
  • data storage and open-source software
  • ecology, climate change, and sustainability
  • feminist studies
  • games and playable media
  • genomics, infectious disease, and RNA biology
  • linguistics
  • marine science and policy


UC Santa ߣߣƵ as an unconventional place that was unlike other educational institutions, a place where innovation—no matter how messy—was part of the campus’s DNA. In the words of then-UC President Clark Kerr, it was “the most significant educational experiment in the history of the University of California.”

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A presence in Silicon Valley

Our extends the reach of UC Santa ߣߣƵ. It is a research and teaching hub for Baskin Engineering faculty, students, and researchers, home to UCSC Silicon Valley Extension, and hosts three professional master’s programs. 


All of our compete at the NCAA Division III level. In DIII, students do not receive athletic scholarships; they play for the love of the sport and the camaraderie of being on a team. We also offer .

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The quarterly regularly showcases their achievements and impact.

Last modified: Oct 09, 2023